Polypropylene (PP) has been used since the 1960s by Usher for hernia repair (Read, R.C.: Milestones in the history of hernia surgery: prosthetic repair. Hernia 8(1), 8–14 (2004)). PP itself is relatively inert and does degrade mildly overtime.
Thank you for that reference. I’ll see if I can find that paper now.
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