If you have had a hernia, you know how much pain they cause.
Physicians perform more than one million hernia operations in the United States each year to fix various types of hernias. Here is some information on hernias and how hernia meshes help to fix them.
What is a hernia?
Hernias emerge frequently at the abdominal wall. They occur when fatty tissue, an organ or an intestine squeezes through a gap or weak area in muscle or tissue. In some cases, you can see a hernia externally, especially when the patient strains. There are six types of hernias: inguinal, femoral, ventral, hiatal, incisional and umbilical. Most hernias occur as a result of weak muscles or connective tissue and pressure.
What is a hernia mesh and how does it work?
Hernia meshes provide supplementary support to weak muscles and tissue in the hopes of preventing the issues from recurring. These medical supplies consist of either synthetic or animal materials. Some meshes are absorbable while others are not. Non-absorbable mesh functions as a permanent implant and does not break down over time. However, absorbable mesh breaks down eventually and does not act as a permanent reinforcement to the weakened area.
What are the risks of hernia meshes?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with hernia surgery. These risks include issues such as recurrence, infection, pain, intestinal obstruction, irregular organ connection, fistula and bleeding.
Hernia meshes assist in the repair of hernias in many surgeries throughout the United States by temporarily or permanently strengthening tissue or muscle.