Mesh best for hernia repair

Data from nine studies show fewer recurrences than sutures only

By Nathan Seppa, 15:21 PM February 19, 2014

Patients who undergo mesh surgery for an abdominal hernia are less likely to experience a hernia recurrence than those who have surgery using sutures only, a review of nine studies finds. Both operations are common among the more than 350,000 abdominal hernia repairs done annually in the United States, but few large studies have compared the techniques.

Abdominal hernias occur when an intestine or other organ protrudes through a weakened section of the muscle wall holding the abdominal organs ...

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