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Physicians Are Split On Hernia Repair Mesh Benefits Versus Complications

When hernia repair mesh fails, a patients life could be put at risk requiring additional surgeries to locate and remove the device

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - Nine out of ten hernia repair patients are never told that there is an alternative to using synthetic meshing and laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is normally preferred when hernia repair mesh is used in order to reduce the surgical incision to the smallest possible length. In that respect, laparoscopy is preferable to traditional natural tissue hernia repair. Another benefit of laparoscopy is the recovery time that the smaller incision requires. According to an article published by the National Institute of Health, recover time for traditional open surgery is 24 days compared to 16 days for the incision to heal when laparoscopy is used. The extra healing time also translates to an additional 3 days of being unable to return to work and those who had open hernia repair procedures were unable to play sports or engage in other physical activities for several more days. These three to six days faster healing time come at an increased cost for patients in terms of increased costs. According to Cigna Health Insurance, "Laparoscopic repair of a hernia is more expensive than open surgery because of the higher cost of the slightly longer operating-room time and the cost of laparoscopic technology." Hernia repair mesh itself also cost an additional $7500.00 on average each. Ethicon Physiomesh attorneys specialize in product liability litigation, pursuing justice on behalf of individuals and families that have been harmed by dangerous drugs and defective medical products.

Traditional open hernia repair surgery has been performed successfully for decades and experience surgeons usually prefer this method. The surgery can be performed under general or strong local anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision into the epidermis over the cite of the hernia about 6 to 8cm long then pushes the herniated material back into the abdomen. The area is then stitched back up. The problem with traditional surgery is that the larger incision point can lead to a greater weakening of the once herniated area and that is one reason why there is a larger percentage of hernia recurrence with traditional methods. The procedure is much the same with laparoscopy except that the incision point is only 1 or 2 cm leaving a smaller area to weaken in the future. In addition, a piece of hernia repair mesh is inserted to strengthen the area even further.

Hernia repair mesh inserted via laparoscopy would be a good idea if the abdomen was a static part of the body but it is not. The material used in hernia repair mesh needs to be strong and flexible enough to withstand the constants twisting and bending that normal movement necessitates. Strength and flexibility are usually mutually exclusive in plastics with the exception of polypropylene, the material that hernia repair mesh is made from. Polypropylene, however, has been determined by researchers to be incompatible with human tissue and not an ideal material to be inserted long-term into the human body. Hernia repair mesh that has been retrieved from patients normally is crumpled, buckled, shredded and otherwise degraded to the degree that is no longer resembles the material that it originally looked like. Hernia repair mesh pulls free from the spot of the original hernia and can perforate other organs such as the bowels.

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