How to Choose a Mesh in Hernia Repair

  • David Earle


Since the introduction of polypropylene (PP) mesh for hernia repair, surgeons continue to discuss the use of mesh in a variety of settings for one of the most common operations performed by general surgeons—hernia repair. This discussion has involved raw materials, cost, and outcomes and for many years referred to only a few products, as manufacturing was limited. With multiple permanent, absorbable, biologic, and hybrid products on the market, the choice of mesh for a hernia repair can be daunting. Increasing clinical complexity further emphasizes the need for individualizing care, but more frequently, hospital supply chain personnel institute product procurement procedures for cost control, limiting mesh choice for surgeons.


Mesh Hernia repair Polypropylene mesh Absorbable mesh Synthetic mesh Biologic mesh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Earle
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.New England Hernia CenterNorth ChelmsfordUSA

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