The Many Types of Hernia Mesh Explained

Hernia mesh is a medical device used to reinforce a hernia repair and prevent recurrence of a hernia. Because there are many different types of hernia mesh available, it is important to consult with a specialist at Michigan Hernia Surgery to discuss your individual circumstances and optimal expectations after surgery.

Hernia Repair in Southeast Michigan

Hernias occur when an organ, intestine, or other tissue squeezes through a weak spot in nearby muscle or connective tissue. Many hernias will affect the abdominal wall, and a visible bulge can often appear during strenuous activities.

If surgery is recommended, a hernia repair can either be performed laparoscopically or as an open repair. Hernia mesh can be used in either type of surgery, and is highly recommended by the Americas Hernia Society (AHS) to lower a patient’s risk for recurring problems.

5 Benefits of Using Hernia Mesh

Michigan Hernia Surgery uses hernia mesh during surgery to help to strengthen the repair, improve outcomes, and reduce the rate of recurrence. In addition, it shortens both the operative time and recovery time.

Types of Hernia Mesh

There are several predominant materials used to make hernia mesh, including polypropylene, polyester, gore tex, and animal derived tissue. Not only can surgical mesh be used to help repair a hernia, but these materials are also frequently applied to other areas of the body to provide added reinforcement to a patient’s natural tissues.

While it is possible to address a hernia without the use of reinforced mesh, results from these non-mesh procedures have routinely proceed ineffective for many patients, especially those that experience a ventral hernia or an inguinal hernia.

These devices come in different sizes and shapes that can be adjusted for specific types of hernias. These situations may include:

  • A mesh patch goes over or under the damaged tissue.
  • A mesh plug goes inside the hole in the tissue.
  • A mesh sheet can be custom cut and fitted for each uniquely sized hernia.

The materials used to make a particular type of hernia mesh are all designed to work differently inside the body. These options are available due to the variance in one particular patient’s hernia as compared to another so that each person is given the opportunity to receive optimal results from their hernia repair surgery.

Absorbable Hernia Mesh

This type of mesh will degrade over time and lose its support. It is a short-term fix commonly used for patients who are expected to gradually develop new tissue that will provide long-term strength to the repair.

Non-Absorbable Hernia Mesh

This kind of hernia mesh is more of a permanent solution. Non-absorbable hernia mesh types should provide lifelong strength and support to the area in which they are placed.

Animal Derived Hernia Mesh

Those looking for an absorbable mesh with natural properties may opt for an animal derived hernia mesh. This material typically comes from the skin or intestines of a pig or cow.

Consult with Michigan Hernia Surgery

Speak with a specialist and examine the many types of hernia mesh to determine which might be most appropriate for you if you are undergoing surgery to repair a ventral or inguinal hernia. Be aware that there is always a chance of complications and unexpected symptoms after any surgical procedure, and be sure to contact Michigan Hernia Surgery as soon as possible if you experience any abnormal symptoms after a hernia repair.

As always, if you have any further questions, please call 248.551.9090 or request an appointment online today!


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