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.