Incisional Hernias

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Incisional Hernias - Synthetic mesh

Using a synthetic mesh to repair an incisional hernia reduces tension at the surgical wound and prevents recurrence.

Synthetic mesh allows defects of any size to be repaired without tension with a low recurrence rate.

Synthetic mesh is a weave, usually of a synthetic material called polypropylene, which looks like the mosquito-net or wired-screens on the window and doors. The mesh is used to patch an area. The idea is that if the cut ends of the surgical defect are sewn back together, tension may be present at the repair site. In addition, the pressures that led to the hernia in the first place are still present. And together, the tension on the repair and the pressures that caused the hernia can cause the hernia to recur.

The use of the synthetic mesh provides a tension free repair and provides the added support to the weak wall of the abdomen.

Mesh and infection

Any foreign material placed in the body is a potential source for infection. Due precautions need to be exercised before and during surgery to prevent infections.

In the current era where almost everything used in operation theatre is disposable the incidence of infection is low. However if does happen the mesh may need to be removed. Sometimes the mesh may erode through the skin or into the intestine.

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murugu123, India

i am 54 years lady at present i have an incisional Hernia, 4 years back i had undergone operation uterus removing whether immediate surgery is required but i don't have any pain

Sarahsue, United States

10 days Post op from ingiunal repair recurrence and femoral hernia repair (same side). Cement Twinkie at the surgery site. Anyone? I am a 42 y/o female.

Marc_Twain, United States

My 73 yr old mother needs umbilical hernia repair. Skeptical about medical procedures, she is put it off til it is bigger. Does not like idea of Biologic implants. What is safest mesh material to use? Or, in general, which mesh material has the least complications / lawsuits ? Polypropylene, polyester,...what ? Thank you for any anticipated answer.

Squeeker, United States

I am scheduled to have a rather large Incisional Hernia repaired, because it is such a large hernia my surgeon has recommended using MESH. I have heard a lot of negative things regarding MESH and do not know which Mesh would be the safest to use. Do you have some suggestions on which MESH would be best?
I did express my concerns to my surgeon but there was no recommendation. Also I was told that if you could have a Cosmetic Surgeon join in with your Surgeon you may have much better results. Is this true?

akab66, Ghana

Hi also had umbilical hernia repair surgery 2 months ago and am experiencing burning sensation and pain around the incision. I am passing gas frequently and feel tired often. Have had issues with bloating and pain in the upper part of my stomach for some time and have been told there may be some adhesions. Its just a pity the Doctors do not tell you much about the recovery process and they make you think the surgery is just a simple procedure.

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