As discussed previously, I’m not a surgeon that will try and talk you into something. The same goes for using mesh during your hernia repair. Although I won’t operate without using a hernia mesh, I certainly don’t want to force you into having mesh used during your surgery. There are certainly other options (locations and surgeons) for you if you don’t want mesh. However, most patients are uninformed about hernia mesh. Many patients have concerns and ask questions about hernia mesh: “I’ve heard of lawsuits due to mesh” is a common topic which is raised. There is an abundance of negative information online and throughout the patient community on all of the risks and complications that can be associated with the use of hernia mesh. However, there isn’t clear, easily understood information about the benefits of using mesh in hernia repairs. We hope that by reading the information below, you’ll understand more about why hernias occur, why we choose to use mesh for most of our hernia repairs, the benefits of using hernia mesh, and some of the actual risks of hernia mesh.