Using light-weight mesh reduces post hernia surgery pain: Docs

Updated: Dec 29, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

Mumbai: Recent advancements in weaving technology using light-weight meshes have proved to be effective in reducing chronic pain in post hernia surgery and also in bringing down the recurrence rate, doctors said here.

"On using a light weight mesh, no suture tension is created which in turn reduces recurrence rate of hernia to less than one to two per cent. Also light weight polypropylene meshes are associated with significantly lower pain scores, better patient comfort and sexual function," senior consultant Surgeon at Fortis Hospitals, Mulund, Dr Ramesh Punjani told.

Vice Chairman of the Institute of Minimal Access and Bariatric Surgery at New Delhi`s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr Sudhir Kalhan said reducing the mass of polypropylene and
creating a light weight mesh will naturally induce less foreign-body response, which will ultimately result in better abdominal wall compliance, cause less contraction orshrinkage of the mesh, and allow better tissue incorporation.

Hernia operations are among the most common procedures performed today. It is estimated that almost three per cent of the population suffer from hernia.

Most hernias result from a tear in the lining, or fascia, beneath the abdominal muscles, allowing the intestines to protrude, he said, adding, in many cases, this process begins at birth and is an inherited condition.

Hernia is frequent among women as well and affects people of all age groups. Using a mesh makes the open or endoscopic technique effective and practically painless. It allows you to resume unrestricted physical activities quickly after the operation.

If no mesh is used, the suture tension described above increases the risk of a recurring hernia by upto 25 percent, the doctors said.

Symptoms of hernia include a dull ache in the groin/ abdominal area with lifting or straining with or without an obvious lump.

Punjani said that advances in Hernia repair include using synthetic meshes made of Polyprolylene, which have a high bio-compatibility and allow for tension-free treatment of the disease.

When using a mesh, the open or endoscopic technique is effective and practically painless. It allows you to resume unrestricted physical activities quickly after the operation.

If no mesh is used, the suture tension described above increases the risk of a recurring hernia by upto 25 percent, the doctors said.

PTI