If you or a loved one is scheduled for surgery, you probably want to have the best surgeon and the best hospital. It makes sense, then, to also have the best materials used during hernia repair surgery. Mesh, also referred to as a "patch" or a "screen," is a product that many surgeons use to repair hernias.
What is Mesh?
There are many types of mesh products available, but surgeons typically use a sterile, woven material made from a synthetic plastic-like material, such as polypropylene. The mesh can be in the form of a patch that goes under or over the weakness, or it can be in the form of a plug that goes inside the hole. Mesh is very sturdy and strong, yet extremely thin. It is also soft and flexible to allow it to easily conform to body's movement, position, and size. Mesh is used in both tension-free and laparoscopic tension-free hernia repairs.
How Mesh Works
Mesh is generally available in various measurements and can often be cut to size. Depending on the repair technique used, the mesh is placed either under or over the defect in the abdominal wall and held in place by a few sutures. Mesh acts as "scaffolding" for new growth of a patient's own tissue, which eventually incorporates the mesh into the surrounding area.
Ethicon creates many innovative mesh products that are designed for effectiveness and patient comfort. This section features the most popular mesh products used during inguinal, ventral and umbilical hernia repairs.
Inguinal Hernia ProductsLearn about innovative mesh products for proven, effective repair of
Ventral Hernia ProductsLearn about the mesh products available to your surgeon for strong, secure ventral hernia repair.
Umbilical Hernia ProductsLearn about the mesh products available to your surgeon for a strong and secure umbilical hernia repair.