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Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Not yet: The majority of synthetic mesh for hernia repair are knitted in large sheets, then cut to size with a laser. This smooths the edges of the mesh. I am not aware of any special engineering regarding the mesh edge that uses a form of nanotechnology in the current products. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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So much research is going on stem cells.Are these cells being used for creating mesh used for hernia repair that can last a lifetime?

Good question: But I am not aware other use for this purpose and I am not sure if thismismbeing evaluated. It would likely require a temporary mesh that would be impregnated with stem cells that formed fibrous tissue while the mesh provided temporary structural support. Current investigations focus in their use following chemotherapy, and for nerve or muscle regeneration following injury. ...Read more

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When mesh is used in hernia repair is it dipped in some solution that encourages quick collagen&fibrous growth & which reduces chances of rejection?

Some surgeons: Place mesh in antibiotic solution before implantation, but I am not aware of any solution that encourages collagen or fibrous growth. Mesh material is inert and there is almost zero chance of rejection, just small chance of infection. Good questions! ...Read more

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What are signs that someone is having a reaction to the mesh used in the hernia repair?

Non-reactive: Mesh used for hernia repair does not cause an immune or allergic reaction. Your body does respond to the mesh by forming scar tissue and sending inflammatory cells to the area. If this normal response is excessive, you may have pain at the site. If there is red skin, may be an infection. Best to have it checked by your surgeon if you're concerned. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Do i need to know for future reference what kind of mesh used in ing. Hernia repair? They told me it is called ethicon prolene mesh. Is this enough.

Yes: What's just as important is the technique. Ethicon makes more than one type of mesh for inguinal hernia repair. If you were to ever need repeat hernia repair (unlikely), it would be helpful to have the operative report for the surgeon to review. Sounds like you have enough info for everything else. ...Read more

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What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

Few, but...: Biological mesh material actually goes away at it is replaced with your own connective tissue cells. There have been reports of this type of mesh eroding into the esophagus, but it is more likely to be technique related in my opinion, rather than caused by the material itself. It is biologically inert, so shouldn't cause any type of systemic reaction like an allergy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can be done if the mesh used in an inguinal hernia repair migrated. Could it cause any damage?

Damage rare: The migrated mesh most of the time will find its own space stay dormant , how ever if it is on a major vein or artery creates pressure on them may erode and cause massive bleeding, may cause gut erosions and form abscess and fistulas. But rare , . ...Read more

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What happen to the mesh which is used in inguinal hernia repair?Is it safe?

What happen to the mesh which is used in inguinal hernia repair?Is it safe?

Incorporates : The mesh used for inguinal hernias has been safe for most patients with several decades of experience. They remain inert but is intimately attached to the body with scar tissue. Very occasionally they can irritate the surrounding tissues or cause pain when too much scar tissue is incited. Theorized potential for increased infection has not been seen. It is safe. ...Read more

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How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

How long for recovery of hernia repair using mesh?

Not long: Recovery from uncomplicated inguinal hernia will be very brief , in less than 4 to 6 wks , that is the minimum time that nature needs to lay down the collagen fibers to complete the healing process , in mesh repair which is tension free , can be active much earlier ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more