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Hernia Repair with Mesh

Since the 1980s, hernia repair with surgical mesh has become increasingly popular. Surgeons have found that in certain instances, it is an effective way of preventing hernia recurrence. At the Hernia Center Los Angeles, our surgeons use surgical mesh selectively, after careful consideration of each patient’s unique circumstances. While mesh can be advantageous in certain situations, it may actually contribute to complications in others. With their complete understanding of hernia repair with mesh, our surgeons have among the lowest hernia recurrence rates, with or without surgical mesh. Please call our office to find out more about hernia repair with mesh.

What is surgical mesh?

Surgical mesh is a medical material that is used to provide support for weakened tissue. It comes in sheet form, much like fabric. It can therefore be cut to the proper size and shape to provide the best possible support in hernia repair. In repairing hernias, surgical mesh is used as an additional layer of tissue, adding to the organic tissue and strengthening the repair. It is generally made from one of two types of material:

Synthetic mesh is made in both knitted and non-knitted forms. Additionally, the material used may be absorbable or non-absorbable. All these factors must be taken into account when deciding which type of synthetic mesh is used in hernia repair.

Biologic mesh, or biomesh, is made from animal tissue that has been disinfected and processed to make it suitable as an implantation device. Generally taken from a pig or a cow, animal mesh is considered to be absorbable material. Read more below»

Non-absorbable mesh does not break down over time, providing permanent support in hernia repair. Absorbable mesh is gradually broken down by the body and does not provide long-term support. As the absorbable mesh breaks down, the supported tissues heal and strengthen, eliminating the need for the mesh. There are advantages to each type of mesh, and our hernia repair surgeons will perform all necessary exams to determine which type will best suit each patient.

Hernia repair with mesh vs. without mesh

In delivering a hernia repair with mesh, surgical mesh is used to strengthen the repair and reduce the rate of hernia recurrence. Over the past 30 years, the use of mesh in hernia repair has increased dramatically. Surgeons have gradually perfected the use of mesh, reducing the rate of infection that was once prevalent.

In addition to providing a lasting result, surgical mesh in hernia repair has been found to provide a higher level of comfort for the patient. By decreasing the operative period and minimizing recovery time, surgical mesh may reduce the amount of trauma to a patient’s body during and after surgery. Nevertheless, every patient is different, and the use of surgical mesh depends on many different factors, including patient preference.

All told, the use of surgical mesh in hernia repair has consistently provided many advantages in hernia repair when used properly and appropriately. However, there are many instances when surgical mesh is not the best solution. In delivering hernia repair, our surgeons weigh every factor before determining whether mesh should be used. Our patients are encouraged to ask any questions they like and thoroughly express their own preference, as this plays a major role in how the hernia repair will be performed.

About biomesh

As an alternative to synthetic mesh, biomesh was created to give patients a natural, organic alternative to artificial material. It’s been found that certain patients have an adverse reaction to synthetic mesh, simply because their bodies dislike foreign, artificial substances. In such cases, patients experience inflammation, infection, fibrosis (excessive scarring) and other foreign body reactions. Biomesh drastically reduces the risk of foreign body reactions, helping patients experience a full and comfortable recovery after hernia repair with mesh.

Biomesh is created from a variety of organic tissues. These include:

  • Donated human tissue
  • Animal dermis, or skin
  • Porcine (pig) submucosa, or a layer of connective tissue that lies under the skin

Once the tissue is taken from its source, it is put through a rigorous purification and disinfection process. It is then carefully formed into a precise sheet of material that can then be cut and shaped for hernia repair. At the end, the biomesh looks very similar to synthetic mesh. It is generally more flexible and can be used with a higher level of dexterity. All told, biomesh and its continued development is a crucial part of proper hernia repair with mesh.

Schedule a consultation

While the above information gives a general overview of hernia repair with mesh, it is no substitute for a live consultation with one of our surgeons. Only after a proper examination and discussion, a determination can be made regarding the best course of action for hernia repair. At the Hernia Center Los Angeles, our first priority is total patient comfort in the face of an otherwise uncomfortable condition. With our superlative patient care and lasting, effective hernia treatment, we offer excellent hernia repair with mesh. Please call us today to find out how we can help you find relief.