What is Surgical Mesh?
Surgical mesh is a sterile, woven material designed to be permanently implanted within the body during open hernia surgery or laparoscopic hernia repair. The mesh stabilizes and strengthens the weakened abdominal wall and supports the prolapsed organs and tissues.
Mesh hernia repair vs. traditional hernia surgery
Traditional hernia surgery involves sewing the edges of healthy muscle tissue together to repair weak areas in the abdominal wall. Unfortunately, in some cases this method recreates the tension and stress that created the hernia in the first place, resulting in pain, improper healing and an increased risk of a recurrence.
If our experts determine that sutures will create added tension and prevent an optimal surgical outcome, they will instead apply surgical mesh to repair the weak area and create a tension-free environment for new tissues to grow. Over time, the mesh becomes incorporated into the muscle layer, and a durable and permanent repair has been achieved.
An overview of the procedure
To begin hernia repair with mesh, our experts will administer either general or local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety. Depending on the precise size, location and nature of the hernia, we will then either make a single long incision in the abdomen or groin to perform open hernia surgery, or we will make a number of tiny incisions in the abdomen to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair.
From there, we will locate the hernia and separate it from the surrounding tissues. Some of the excess hernia tissue may be removed, and the remaining contents will be returned to their proper position. We will then place a piece of surgical mesh over the defect to strengthen the abdominal wall, repair the hole and prevent a recurrence. Within two to three weeks, the patient’s tissue will grow over the mesh, making it a permanent part of the body.
Although surgical mesh is considered a safe and effective way to repair all types of hernias, there are complications associated with this procedure. Some patients may experience a recurrence of the hernia, although this is a complication that is most commonly associated with an improper surgical technique. In a small number of cases, the patient may experience an infection due to the body recognizing the mesh as a foreign substance. Usually, this infection can be treated with antibiotics. In rare cases, the mesh will need to be removed and the hernia repaired with sutures. It is important to note that these complications are quite rare, and our experts will advise on whether the risks outweigh the benefits during your initial consultation.
If you suspect you have a hernia, or you have a protruding bulge near the groin or abdomen, it is important to seek immediate evaluation at the Los Angeles Hernia Center. Untreated hernias can lead to irreversible damage and the development of life-threatening complications, so time is of the essence. During your initial appointment, our team of surgeons will evaluate your symptoms and provide a definitive diagnosis. From there, we will compose a custom surgical plan to repair your hernia and prevent a recurrence using the most comfortable and minimally invasive techniques available. With years of experience and countless successful procedures, our surgeons have developed a reputation for delivering among the best hernia repair with mesh Los Angeles has to offer.
We specialize in performing complete hernia surgery and repair, using the latest and most minimally invasive techniques available. Moreover, our staff is comprised of two leading hernia experts, both of whom are fully committed to providing our patients with the best mesh hernia repair Beverly Hills has available.
All procedures are performed in our surgical care center, which is a private alternative to a hospital setting. Because hernia repair is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, hospitalization simply is not necessary. As such, many patients prefer to undergo treatment in our state-of-the-art facility, which offers an added level of privacy, convenience, and comfort.Learn more