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All About Mesh Removal After Hernia Repair

Hernia repair is an essential surgery that protects the health and mobility of those who have had a herniation. Not all hernia repair surgeries in Huntington Station rely on the use of mesh—but around 90% of them do. This is because it is one of the most effective and longest-lasting solutions to the majority of hernias. However, while most patients do well with hernia surgery mesh, some patients experience complications. 

When a patient struggles after hernia repair surgery with mesh, it typically needs to be removed. Let’s dive into the facts surrounding mesh removal. 

 

Reasons Why Mesh Removal Is Needed

 

There are multiple reasons why a patient might require hernia mesh removal. However, some are more common than others. Below are the top reasons people need their mesh removed after hernia repair.
 

The Mesh Becomes Entwined With Nerves


During surgery, the nerves must be severed, just like the skin and muscle and other tissues. After your procedure, these grow back. In some cases, the path they choose leads to them becoming entwined with the surgical mesh, resulting in a loss of sensation or chronic pain—and sometimes a mixture of both. 
 

The Mesh Triggers an Infection


The majority of people who need to have their surgical mesh removed experience chronic infections around their hernia repair site. This typically is related to the immune system having a foreign body reaction, which is a risk with any type of implant or transplant. However, it does necessitate removal of the mesh. 
 

The Mesh Migrates Within the Body


While this is not too common, it is possible for the mesh to migrate to another area of the body. This is highly problematic as it eliminates the protection of the herniated area while risking erosion of the vital organs and can cause severe pain.

When any of these conditions are present, doctors will typically attempt more conservative interventions first, save for mesh migration. Should these efforts not deliver the required results, the mesh will need to be removed. 

If you have had a hernia repair with mesh and are experiencing signs of a problem, contact your doctor. However, if you have yet to experience symptoms, don’t worry. For most people, surgical mesh does not lead to problems. Just continue with your recovery plans, including exercise after hernia repair, unless directed to do otherwise. 
For more information about hernia repairs using surgical mesh, contact Clarity Surgical