Patients who undergo incisional hernia repair surgery with a mesh patch may have a lower risk for hernia recurrence, but serious problems can occur up to 5 years after the procedure, a new study has found.
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What’s the Problem?
February 13, 2017 - The study, which was published Tuesday in JAMA Surgery and presented at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, found that patients with a hernia patch have a lower rate of recurrence compared to patients who undergo traditional hernia repair surgery.
However, it also found that hernia mesh patients had more severe complications and required additional revision surgeries.
“In this registry-based nationwide cohort study including 3,242 patients, mesh repair was associated with a lower risk of reoperation for recurrence compared with nonmesh repair over a 5-year follow-up period,” the researchers said. “However, a risk of long-term mesh-related complications for open and laparoscopic mesh repairs partially offset these benefits.”
Five years after surgery, the rate of hernia recurrence was approximately 12% in patients with mesh compared to 17% who had traditional hernia repair. But the rate of complications also increased during that time.
Out of the 3,242 patients observed in the study, 1,050 required subsequent abdominal surgery. Major complications included bowel obstruction, perforation and bleeding. Other serious problems included pain, non-healing wounds, infections, fluid buildup and fistulas (organs fused together). Larger pieces of mesh also increased the risk for complications, according to the study.
Doctors perform about 800,000 hernia repairs in the U.S. each year, and surgeons consider hernia mesh repair the gold standard of care. Despite the complications found in the study, the researchers said they still recommend surgical mesh because of the lower recurrence rate.
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