Nervous about your hernia surgery and recovery? At the Groin and Pelvic Pain institute, we provide innovative, hands-on solutions from experts to remove and treat hernias. To prevent recurrent hernias and support the wound, many times we recommend the use of hernia mesh when repairing your hernia. Keep reading to learn more about what hernia mesh is and how it is used in two different types of hernia surgery repairs.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a material that is placed around the repair site to support the damaged tissue from the surgery, helping with hernia surgery recovery. According to the FDA, “Hernia mesh can improve a patient’s outcomes through decreased operative times and minimized recovery time.”
Hernia mesh is typically made out of synthetic material or animal tissue. Synthetic hernia mesh does not have to absorb, allowing for long-term reinforcement. Animal tissue hernia mesh, however, is absorbable.
Hernia mesh can be attached to the repair site with stitches, staples, or glue, depending on what your doctor believes will work best for you. DrugWatch states that the pores in hernia mesh allow the damaged tissue to grow within it and heal properly.
Is Hernia Mesh Required?
If you experience groin and pelvic pain, you may have a hernia. It’s essential to get your hernia repaired sooner than later to avoid additional complications. There are two surgical methods used during hernia repair – laparoscopic hernia repair and open hernia repair. Let’s explain how these hernia repair options may require hernia mesh.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic hernia repair involves making minimally invasive small incisions and using scopes to view the repair site. This surgical option is available with or without a hernia mesh. Be sure to speak with your surgeon to know what they recommend.
Open Hernia Repair
Open hernia repair is the traditional way of repairing a hernia before the laparoscopic repair was discovered. It is a more invasive procedure in which the surgeon removes the hernia or pushes it back into place. This hernia repair method may make the hernia surgery recovery take longer, but both surgeries result in hernia repair. Open hernia repair is also available with or without hernia mesh. Doctors do not usually use mesh for small hernias, inguinal hernias in infants, or for infected hernias.
Hernia Surgery Recovery With Hernia Mesh
It is the consensus that the use of hernia mesh offers many benefits and may help quicken hernia surgery recovery. However, hernia mesh may have the ability to rip, relocate from the site, be rejected by the body, cause bowel perforation, create bowel obstruction, or result in infection. That’s why it’s so important to take your hernia surgery recovery seriously. Staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is essential to avoid having your hernia reoccur later.
If you are experiencing groin and pelvic pain, schedule a virtual consultation with our groin and pelvic pain expert, Dr. Iraci. He will discuss your symptoms, which hernia treatment option is best for you, and whether you will need hernia mesh or not. Hernia mesh has been around for a while, so it is nothing to worry about, as doctors understand the risks and benefits of hernia mesh. The Groin and Pelvic Pain Institute is always here for any questions you may have about your hernia surgery options.