PURPOSE: To evaluate whether the lining facing the visceral side of polypropylene mesh made with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (p(HEMA)) hydrogel could avoid peritoneal adhesion in female dogs. METHODS: Eight animals (group PP) had a polypropylene mesh implanted to correct a defect in the rectal abdominal muscle, whereas in the other group (group PH) the polypropylene mesh was coated with p(HEMA) composite on the surface facing the peritoneal area. RESULTS: Adhesions were observed on the mesh in 62.5% of the PP group. In the PH group adhesions were present only on the suture lines. CONCLUSION: p(HEMA) hydrogel was well tolerated and effective in avoiding visceral and omental adhesions on the surface of the polypropylene mesh.