11 doctors weighed in:
Is mesh safe decades after hernia repair?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Perfectly safe.

In brief: Yes
Perfectly safe.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually
The safety of mesh has to do with the specific material used and what it was placed next to.
Some materials thought to be excellent 30 years ago have fallen out of favor. They can create serious adhesions to adjacent structures such as the intestine, leading to bowel obstructions years later. On the other hand, if it hasn't caused problems after 20+ years, the odds are in your favor.

In brief: Usually
The safety of mesh has to do with the specific material used and what it was placed next to.
Some materials thought to be excellent 30 years ago have fallen out of favor. They can create serious adhesions to adjacent structures such as the intestine, leading to bowel obstructions years later. On the other hand, if it hasn't caused problems after 20+ years, the odds are in your favor.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
In brief: Yes
But as with many things in medicine, its a complex topic.
While most people with mesh do fine for years, a small fraction can have problems. These can be due to the type of mesh and technique of repair, location of hernia, and the patients response to the implant. Hope this helps!

In brief: Yes
But as with many things in medicine, its a complex topic.
While most people with mesh do fine for years, a small fraction can have problems. These can be due to the type of mesh and technique of repair, location of hernia, and the patients response to the implant. Hope this helps!
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle
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