Hernia mesh patches are widely used in the United States to treat conditions that are associated with Hernia. However there are many cases and reports that reveal that the widely known implant is also associated with side-effects and complications. Reports have also shown a certain rate of failure for these devices. Some of the side effects that the implant has been reported with are:

  • Constipation
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Fistula
  • Abdominal pain with persistent fever
  • Persistent stomach pain
  • Tenderness at the implant site

Asides these side effects, the implant can be problematic when some major component of the implant like metal ring that is present around the patch breaks and leads to signs like patch shriveling, buckled mesh, edges curling upwards etc. Cases were also reported when the metal ring gets rolled up, crumpled, wrinkled and folded.

In the quest of understanding the hernia mesh patch, first we need to understand what Hernia is?

Hernia is a disease that occurs when any of our abdominal or internal organs of the body projects out from the specified area. Though, hernia can occur on any of the internal organ, however, in common when we talk about hernia most probably it is Abdominal Hernia. Asides, it is the most common types of Hernia that people suffer from.

Abdominal hernia is a case when any of the internal organs of our body breaches the territory of abdominal wall and gets intruded into the testicular region.

What Causes Hernia?

There are some potential areas of weakness that are spanned across the inner abdominal region of the body. Due to various reasons these points may bulge and can get developed into a tear. Once the tear develops, the organ that is residing in the respective vicinity comes out of the body that ultimately leads to Hernia. There are plenty of reasons and factors that lead to weakening of the abdominal wall and make it vulnerable to hernia.

Some of the factors are:

  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Stressful physical work
  • Heavy work-out
  • Pregnancy

Symptoms of Abdominal Hernia

  • Appearance of a bulge under the skin in the abdominal region
  • Severe pain during movement of bowel
  • Pain while abdomen is stressed like coughing and weight-lifting
  • Pain after a prolonged sitting or standing

With the advance of medical technology it becomes pretty easy for physicians to treat the condition with various methods and techniques. Various methods were discovered to treat this severe disease and one of which is a Mesh. With this technology a mesh is placed across the tear and fixed with the surrounding tissues, thus reducing the chances to stretch the tissues.

Surgical-mesh products that are available to treat hernia are:

AlloDerm Hernia Repair Patch is a surgical mesh used in hernia repair and breast reconstruction surgery. This patch is a human tissue patch which is made from natural tissues and is supposed to support tissue generation.

Easy Plug Patch System:

This patch is manufactured and designed keeping in mind the need of inguinal hernia patients. The patch is made up of non-woven polypropylene material and is effective in reducing the patent’s pain as much as 90 percent.

Barrier Mesh XB:

This is another hernia patch that is widely being used in the region of United States. The mesh patch is made up of non-woven polypropylene with non-porous silicon. This composition of two different chemical compounds facilitates smooth integration of the mesh into the tissue of the body and prevents visceral adhesion which otherwise leads to the formation of sarcoma.

Non-Barrier Mesh WN:

Non-barrier hernia mesh is comparatively more stable than other forms of hernia patches. The patch is less vulnerable to shrinkage that allows physicians and health care professionals reinforce tissues with more stability and comfort.