Posted on Jan 8, 2019
David S Edelman MD
Surgical Mesh Surgical mesh is used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue. The majority of surgical mesh devices currently available for use are constructed from synthetic materials or animal tissue. Non-absorbable mesh will remain in the body indefinitely and is considered a permanent implant. It is used to provide permanent reinforcement to the repaired hernia. Animal-derived mesh are made of animal tissue, such as intestine or skin, that has been processed and disinfected to be suitable for use as an implanted device. They are absorbable. The majority of tissue used to produce these mesh implants are from a pig (porcine) or cow (bovine) source. Absorbable mesh will degrade and lose strength over time but is intended to provide new tissue growth to provide strength to the repair. The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma), and bowel obstruction. Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction). Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh that have been reported to the FDA have been associated with recalled mesh products that are no longer on the market. Dr. Edelman will select the safest mesh available that is appropriate for your medical condition.