Biologic Mesh for Hernia Repairs?
Patients often ask us about biologic meshes for their hernia repairs. A biologic mesh is one that is derived from either human tissue, or animal tissue. These types of meshes resist infection more than the typical synthetic meshes which are made of a type of plastic. The challenge is that biologic meshes are about 10-100 times more expensive, ranging from $3,000 up to $10,000 per sheet. This compares with somewhere in the $100 to $300 range for other basic synthetic meshes. With this increased cost, studies have been done to help determine when they should and should not be used. For patients with complicated histories and prior abdominal wall infections, trauma, and open abdomens, the use of biologic meshes is clearly justified. However, in most basic hernia repairs on healthy patients, synthetic meshes are absolutely safe and preferred. This study published in the current issue of the Journal of The American College of Surgeons discusses the indications for the use of biologic mesh. California Hernia Specialists uses biologic meshes when indicated for the repair of complicated and infected hernia repairs. Click here for a copy of this article:
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