Reply To: Mesh – the risk of chronic pain. Is anybody trying to minimize the risk?
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This is a critically important discussion and topic that seems largely ignored by industry and the medical community, to the detriment of both patients and doctors.
Anyway, here’s a new interesting large scale study (22,000 groin hernia patients) demonstrating a 15% chronic pain rate after mesh hernia repair.
15% of patients having life altering chronic pain after a “routine” procedure is incredibly high, why is this not considered an urgent problem that needs immediate mitigation by the medical community?
The paper you reference from Dr Bendavid of Shouldice is noteworthy, and he has other interesting papers that have been published on the topic as well. Personally I am just shocked and disappointed that the non-mesh repairs are largely not even taught anymore, and are becoming extinct despite plenty of evidence suggesting they can be equally as good if not better than mesh, particularly for some patient groups, with fewer potential severe side effects.