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Could Hernia Mesh Pose Greater Risks in the Long-Term?
A recent report on hernia mesh reveals more concerns on long-term safety with certain types of synthetic mesh products.
Hernia surgery is a very common surgery in the country, and mesh is used in nearly half of all surgical procedures. Earlier this year, two studies from Germany and Denmark examined rates of serious hernia mesh-related complications including bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, bleeding, and infection. According to the study authors, complications were four times higher in patients who were implanted with hernia mesh compared to patients who did not. Authors of the study opined, “With long-term follow-up, the benefits attributable to mesh are offset in part by mesh-related complications.” As for statistics, the risk of long-term complication was less than 1% in patients who did not receive hernia mesh. In comparison, mesh-related complications were 3.7% in laparoscopic repairs and 5.6% in open repairs.
Certain brands of hernia mesh or more likely than others to cause serious injury. In May of 2016, Ethicon (a division of Johnson & Johnson) withdrew Physiomesh from the market. Physiomesh was a synthetic polypropylene mesh associated with high rates of complications. Another type of hernia mesh that has been associated with higher than average failure rates is C-Qur hernia mesh which is manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation.
The most common adverse events associated with with some brands of hernia mesh include:
- Hernia recurrence
- Adhesion formation
- Bowel obstruction
- Mesh migration
- Perforation to surrounding organs
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