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Everything You Need to Know About Hernia Mesh Implants

July 3, 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Hernia Mesh Implants

Hernia mesh implants are used to repair hernias, which are bulges in the abdominal area caused by the inner lining pushing through weakened areas in the abdominal wall. 

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about hernia mesh implants, including their types, benefits, risks, and alternatives. This article will give you all the info you need to make an informed decision, whether you're considering it for yourself or someone you love.

Understanding the Types of Hernia Mesh Implants

There are several different types of mesh implants used in hernia surgeries. Synthetic mesh, biologic mesh, or composite mesh are some of the most commonly used hernia mesh implants. Each type of mesh has its own unique properties, benefits, and risks that need to be considered before choosing the best option for a specific patient.

Let’s understand all these types, their advantages, and their risks one by one:

  • A synthetic mesh is made from lightweight, strong, and durable materials that can withstand pressure in the abdominal cavity and provide long-lasting support. These are easier to handle and quite flexible, which allows them to conform to the contours of the abdominal wall, helping to prevent the recurrence of the hernia. They can also be sterilized and are resistant to infections.
  • Biologic meshes are made of natural, biodegradable materials, such as collagen or porcine tissue sourced from pigs. In contrast with synthetic mesh, biological meshes are absorbed by the body over time, which reduces long-term complications and promotes tissue integration. They are also considered less invasive and can promote faster healing. 
  • Composite mesh is made up of two or more materials, such as a synthetic mesh combined with a biological material like collagen. Synthetic meshes provide strength and durability, while biological meshes promote tissue growth and integration, which allows the composite mesh to offer the benefits of both materials. 

Ultimately, the type of hernia to be repaired, the surgeon's experience, as well as the patient's specific needs, will determine which type of implant is most appropriate.

Advantages of Hernia Mesh Implants

Hernia mesh implants offer several advantages over traditional surgical techniques for repairing hernias, including:

  • Stronger repair: A mesh implant provides a stronger repair compared to a non-mesh repair of hernias which also reduces the risk of hernia recurrence.
  • Shorter recovery time: Patients who undergo hernia repair with mesh implants typically have a shorter recovery time compared to non-mesh repairs. Due to mesh implants, tension is distributed more evenly over the repair site, reducing tension at any one point, promoting faster healing, and reducing strain on surrounding tissues.
  • Less pain: Generally, mesh implants result in less pain than non-mesh repairs for hernias. It is because mesh implants strengthen and support the weakened area of the abdominal wall, reducing tension on nearby nerves and tissues. 
  • Minimally invasive options: The use of minimally invasive surgical techniques results in smaller incisions and a faster recovery time after hernia mesh implant surgery.
  • Cost-effective: Mesh implant procedures for hernias can be more cost-effective in the long run since they reduce recurrence risks and allow for faster recovery.

Risks and Complications of Hernia Mesh Implants

Mesh implants can have varying risks and complications depending on factors like the type of implant used, the patient's overall health, and the surgical technique. Hernia mesh implants are associated with several risks and complications, including:

After any type of surgery, there is a risk of infection, but after a hernia repair that uses mesh, the risk is even higher. Your body might reject the mesh which can result in pain and inflammation. 

In some cases, the mesh can stick to other internal organs, causing discomfort and limiting movement as well. There is also the possibility of the mesh breaking, shrinking, or becoming dislodged, which can cause complications.

It is important to note that although these risks and complications may occur in some patients, they do not affect everyone who undergoes hernia repair with a mesh implant.

Find out which mesh option for hernia surgery is right for you by speaking with your doctor, or contact Hernia Innovations where we specialize in Hernia Surgery Treatments. Contact us today for an appointment by sending us a message or calling us at (925) 940-1020.