The Second Annual Hernia Mesh Pain Survey was a huge success with excellent participation, valuable informative data and interest of colleagues. Thank you to all of those who participated in the first survey. You may participate in the ongoing survey by clicking Hernia Mesh Pain Survey.
Compiled data from the first survey was presented at the 1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery in Milan, Italy on April 25th-29th, 2015. Data from the Second Annual Survey was presented in Toronto, Canada before the meeting of theCanadian Hernia Society September 9th, 2016
Eligible patients are all patients with pain or other symptoms that they attribute to their hernia mesh. Dr. Petersen's patients may be called for follow up. The general survey is conducted online. Patients who are not under Dr. Petersen care are not required to disclose personal identifying information. Personal information will be kept confidential. Only aggregate data will be published.
We invite patients to return and to update us on their progress. For this to work however we will need an email address to uniquely identify you. We will keep this private and not use it for marketing.
It is our hope to better understand and better care for patients with hernia mesh pain and other mesh related symptoms. We believe that the best clinical evidence is what patients have to say. Participation is voluntary and is greatly appreciated. With the second survey we are looking to how mesh removal patients do over longer periods of time. The new survey has been stream lined and organized in a strictly ordered time-line.
How big is this problem? One million patients a year in the USA have hernia mesh implanted in them. That adds up to 28% x 1,000,000 x 20 years of popular use which equals 5.6 million. Assuming that half of them are still alive today 2.8 million patients in the USA have chronic pain from mesh hernia surgery.
"Milan—Chronic groin pain after hernia surgery is now considered the most important issue facing inguinal hernia surgeons and their patients. Yet, there is still much uncertainty surrounding what causes the pain and how to prevent it." - Victoria Stern, General Surgery News