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Archive September 2010 XI, No. 9

Understanding Hernia Mesh

Your guide to the latest materials and purchasing strategies.

Robert Baxt, MD

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Less is best
Ideally, prosthetic mesh for hernia repair should be strong, lightweight and porous enough for blood vessels to grow through it, which helps stabilize it in the patient's body. Over the years, mesh has improved greatly along these lines. In the past, meshes were over-engineered to be stronger than necessary. The problem is that mesh becomes stiff when you implant it, and patients can feel it if the mesh is made of a material that's too dense. When a mesh becomes too stiff, it can hinder a patient's ability to move.

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