Surgical Mesh in Hernia Repair

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide tension-free hernia repair.  The use of mesh has greatly decreased the recurrence rate of hernias by providing additional support to weakened or damaged tissue.  Recurrence and most mesh-related complications can be avoided by selecting the type of mesh and the surgical technique that is appropriate for the type and size of a hernia and the patient's characteristics. 

Meshes can be divided into two broad classes: synthetic and biologic. Synthetic meshes are either non-absorbable or absorbable while

biologic meshes are all absorbable. 

Before selecting a mesh and surgical technique for an individual patient, we take into account patient characteristics such as age, type of a hernia, defect size, patient's weight, medical conditions, previous surgery, smoking history, and the presence of infection.

Minimally invasive hernia repair with non-absorbable mesh placed between the muscle layers or covered by the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) has an extremely low rate of mesh-related complications and is our preferred choice for the majority of our patients.