Hernia Mesh

More than one million hernia repairs are performed in the U.S. each year. Hernias repaired with surgical mesh implants may cause serious side effects. Individuals experiencing hernia mesh complications might require removal or revision surgeries.

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Man in pain due to Polypropylene Mesh Hernia

What is Polypropylene? The Plastic in Your Mesh

Carah Wertheimer · February 15, 2019

Polypropylene mesh was first used surgically in 1958 for the repair of an abdominal wall and is known as a “first generation” mesh. The "second generation” meshes combine two types of plastic with other materials such as the metal titanium, while “third generation” meshes are derived from animal tissues.

Woman clutching stomach because of hernia mesh repair

Doctors Need More Info to Choose the Best Mesh for Hernia Repair

James Parker · May 21, 2018

A recent study shows hernia mesh labels lack important info, which could increase the risk of complications for patients.

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Toilet with plunger representing bowel problems after hernia mesh surgery

5 Signs You Have Hernia Mesh Complications

Ashley Lombardo · April 25, 2018

More than one million hernia repairs are performed each year. After a hernia mesh surgery, a non-healing wound may develop and the following surgeries could require longer recovery times. Here's how to identify the most common hernia mesh complications.

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A photo of a middle-aged Hispanic man wondering about hernia mesh failure.

Are Synthetic Hernia Repairs More Likely to Fail?

Ashley Lombardo · November 22, 2017

A recent study found synthetic mesh had a higher failure rate than biological mesh, specifically in contaminated incisional hernias.

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A photo of a fence to resemble mesh to reflect how reported complications reveal unforeseen hernia mesh risks.

The Truth About Hernia Mesh

Ashley Lombardo · October 18, 2017

More than one million hernias occur each year. Hernia mesh, a common treatment device, may cause serious complications.

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