A very good article by Victoria Stern in General Surgery News that nicely lays out what the debate is all about and who is on what side. Be sure to read the following article below that gives the minority opinion.
Traditional hernia surgery is an art that is making a comeback. Due the serious problems with mesh, patients are asking about alternatives to mesh. Traditional hernia surgery in the hands of an expert is the answer.
The importance of tension and technique is widely misrepresented.
Inguinal hernias are the most common hernias that we see in both men and women. They occur in the groin and may protrude into the scrotum in men.
Femoral hernias arise in the femoral canal which is in the lower portion of the groin. They are more likely to strangulate and become an emergency than other hernias.
Umbilical hernias occur in the belly button. At birth the umbilical cord leaves a weakness in the abdominal wall here as the cord desiccates and disappears.
Incisional hernias are all caused by prior abdominal surgery. They can be some of the most challenging cases for a hernia surgeon.
A diastasis recti is not a hernia but is commonly confused for one. The distinction between a hernia and a diastasis is . . .
Epigastric are small but painful hernias that occur in the midline of the belly somewhere between the navel and the breast bone . .
Spigelian hernias are rare hernias that occur lateral to and inferior to the belly button. They are often difficult to diagnose because . . .
A hiatal hernia is a special type of abdominal hernia which is very different from other types of abdominal hernias. The primary treatment for these hernias is . . .
Some hernias are not detectible by any means short of exploratory surgery. Chronic groin pain lasting more than . . .
The average price for a hernia repair in a hospital is $14,000 but this is only the facility fee and does not include the surgeon, anesthesia or other miscellaneous fees. We provide an all inclusive package price which is a small fraction of this. The actual cost of . . .
If you are contemplating having hernia surgery with mesh you must ask your surgeon these three things:
A bulge in the abdominal wall is the most constant symptom of a hernia. Many patients with hernias have pain and abdominal discomfort of a variety . . .
Anyone living with a hernia needs to understand what the real risks are. Too frequently uninsured patients are dismissed by doctors who tell them that they can just live it until . . .
Physical examination by a qualified physician is the most sensitive and accurate means to diagnose a hernia. X-rays such as ct scan, mri and ultrasound are of limited . . .
Hernia surgery is the only cure for hernias but there are other remedies which may give temporary relief of symptoms and allow a patient to work while they are waiting for surgery.
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