Text and Data Mining valid from 2019-07-29
Received: 3 May 2019
Accepted: 28 June 2019
First Online: 29 July 2019
Compliance with ethical standards
: Luciano Tastaldi has received a Resident/Fellow Research Grant award from the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) that is not related to the present submission. David Krpata received an educational grant from W.L. Gore not related to the present work. Ajita S. Prabhu receives personal fees from Medtronic and Intuitive Surgical Inc. and has an ongoing research grant from Intuitive Inc. Sergio Roll has received personal fees for consulting from B. Braun, Medtronic, Ethicon and Bard that are not related to the present submission. Michael Rosen received salary support for his leadership position in the AHSQC, is a board member and has stock/stock options from Ariste Medical and has ongoing research grants from Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Intuitive Inc. Benjakim Poulose receives salary support for his leadership position in the AHSQC and research funding from Bard Davol Inc.
: This study complies with institutional/national ethical standards and was approved by the Institutional Review Board and/or Ethics Committee of the participating institutions.
: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee (include name of committee + reference number) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
: Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.