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Does the Type of Hernia Mesh Matter that is Used in a Hernia Repair Surgery?

Does the Type of Hernia Mesh Matter that is Used in a Hernia Repair Surgery?

How Does the Weight of a Hernia Mesh Affect the Patient After the Surgery for an Open Ventral Hernia Repair?

The most common hernia meshes used for an open ventral hernia repair are the medium-weight and heavy-weight mesh, for open retromuscular ventral hernia repair. In order to prevent chronic pain as a complication of a ventral hernia repair, it is common that the heavy-weight permanent synthetic meshes are used to reduce risk of complications after the surgery.2 The heavy-weight hernia mesh has a higher level tensile strength, and can lead to some complications, such as a risk of chronic pain after a hernial repair surgery. But when reviewed against the medium-weight hernia mesh, there were advantages to using the larger weight hernia mesh, including:

  • Smaller weight hernia mesh risks mesh fractures
  • Medium hernia meshes have maximum burst strength
  • Medium hernia meshes have better abdominal wall adherence
  • Medium hernia meshes can have a degree of foreign body response
  • May have less shrinkage
  • May have advantages of larger pore size inside of the mesh2

Studies Show That Medium and Heavy Hernia Meshes Have Related Outcomes for Patients After Surgeries to Implant the Meshes

In studies, it was shown that there may be no significant differences between using heavy or medium weight polypropylene hernia meshes, to repair hernias in people suffering from this condition. The people who received heavy or medium hernia meshes described similar feelings in regard to noticing their mesh after the surgery, with slightly more hernia recurrences with people who had the medium-weight mesh implanted.

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Hernia Mesh Weights Can Affect the Successful Outcome of the Hernia Mesh Surgical Procedure

Hernia meshes are not a one size fits all proposition, and they come in various sizes and weights. The surgeon performing the hernia mesh procedure will review the meshes to determine the right size for the patient’s surgical procedure and hernial repair. The surgeon reviews the weight of the hernia mesh, the light-weight meshes, the size of the pores, the minimal surface area and determine if it is monofilament, or not, and the consistency of the polypropylene or type of polyester mesh that will be suitable for the patient’s body type.1 If the wrong type of hernia mesh is chosen for the patient’s surgical procedure, it can increase the risk of infection or other complications after the hernia repair surgery.

If you feel that your doctor or surgeon has used the wrong type of hernia mesh for your surgical procedure and was negligent in the surgery, you can feel free to call us today at Walch Law right now. We are ready to get started on a winning Los Angeles Hernia Mesh lawsuit for you today at no cost to you upfront. We are here for you, and you can speak to us now at 866-INJURY2 or 866-465-8792 or fill out our contact form now.


1Brown, C. N., & Finch, J. G. (2010). Which mesh for hernia repair?. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 92(4), 272–278.

2Krpata, D. M., Petro, C. C., Prabhu, A. S., Tastaldi, L., Zolin, S., Fafaj, A., Rosenblatt, S., Poulose, B. K., Pierce, R. A., Warren, J. A., Carbonell, A. M., Goldblatt, M. I., Stewart, T. G., Olson, M. A., & Rosen, M. J. (2021). Effect of Hernia Mesh Weights on Postoperative Patient-Related and Clinical Outcomes After Open Ventral Hernia Repair: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA surgery, 156(12), 1085–1092.


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