In my practice, we strive to follow ‘evidence based medicine’ for our treatment of abdominal wall hernias. What is evidence based medicine, or EBM? EBM uses prior medical research studies to determine whats the best approach to a specific medical disease. This goes for cancers, trauma, medications, and for hernia repairs. In 2009, one of […]
Giant Inguinal Hernias Occur in 0.5% of Patients
As exampled in some of our prior hernia posts, giant inguinal hernias can be very technically challenging. Fortunately, they are rare. This article from Hernia 1999 describes an incidence of about 0.5% of all inguinal hernia repair patients. In my practice, since we specialize in hernia repairs, we probably see hernias of this size in […]
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 […]