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Archive Abdominal Surgery 2011

What's Mesh Got to Do With It?

How the materials, coatings and structure of hernia mesh can affect surgical outcomes.

Robert Baxt, MD


Hernia meshes come in an ever-widening array of materials, coatings, sizes, shapes and styles designed to prevent adhesion, ward off infection and give patients a more natural, comfortable feel. While no one has succeeded in creating the "perfect" mesh, the options available to your general surgeons today are head and shoulders above the bulky, heavyweight meshes of yesteryear. Let's explore how the different prosthetic mesh materials, coatings and weaves contribute to improved hernia repair outcomes.

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