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WHAT IS A HERNIA?
A hernia occurs when areas in the abdominal wall, inner groin, outer groin, or belly button become weakened. Fatty tissue or intestine breaks through the weakened area causing the need for repair. Treatment options include monitoring or surgery. Because hernias have a high rate of recurrence, doctors often choose to attempt to repair a hernia with surgical mesh rather than stitching the torn tissue closed. In 2014, a study was published by the Journal of American Medical Association that started using mesh leads to lower chances of hernia recurrence.
WHAT IS HERNIA MESH?
Surgical mesh can be synthetic (man-made), biologic (derived from human) or composite (a combination). Mesh can come in many shapes and sizes including patches, plugs and large sheets. Synthetic mesh can be made from absorbable and non-absorbable materials. Generally, most mesh is made from a synthetic plastic called polypropylene and may come coated with fatty acids, cellulose, or collagen.
HERNIA MESH COMPLICATIONS?
Complications and side effects may vary depending on the surgical technique and type of mesh used. The most common side effects include pain and bleeding, infection, hernia recurrence, sepsis, bulging, ingrowth, bowel obstruction, and adhesions between the bowel and mesh.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF HERNIA MESH?
During the 1940’s, surgeons began using surgical mesh to repair hernias. The mesh acts as a flexible scaffolding to repair muscle walls and prevent breakthroughs. Over time, the patient’s tissues should grow into the pores of the mesh and strengthen the muscle wall. Hernia mesh repairs are meant to permanently cure the patient of another hernia in that area and stay in the patient’s body for the rest of their life.
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