Hollywood Take on the IG Mesh Debate

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    • #32356
      pinto
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      Here’s an interesting segment from Grey’s Anatomy that encapsulate’s the mesh debate as hospital surgeons are taught how to do IG surgery:

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      pinto
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      PART 2 of Video:

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    • #32385
      Good intentions
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      This episode is really interesting. I was unaware that the topic had made its way to mainstream television. It was produced in 2013, the year before I got my hernia repaired. I wonder how they came up with the concept.

      It seems to dovetail well with the “Corruption of Care” article in General Surgery News.

      https://ew.com/recap/greys-anatomy-season-9-episode-13/

      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2567774/

      https://herniatalk.com/forums/search/corruption+of+care/

    • #32387
      pinto
      Participant

      Your situation, if I recall, is a friend MD recommended your surgeon, which turned out catastrophic. If it were me, I would have been pretty relaxed and ready to follow whatever the doc said. At that time were you well aware about mesh issues? Was anything like that discussed between you and the surgeon? Do you recall back then if there was much public alarm or many legal firm commercials about it?

      So here we have a TV episode from 2013 for which the scriptwriters show they researched the issues well. I haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy so I don’t know its perspective, but from this one segment it seems kinda jaded: hospitals are just businesses after the bottomline. It would then follow a sympathetic view of tissue repair while mesh method seems more concerned for profit than anything else.

      The mesh instructor, for example, says something like, we don’t have to care about patients, while some of the surgeons seem to feel like cogs in a machine. The segment gives the idea that IG surgery can be done effectively without the use of mesh. Nothing is said though about post-op complications of mesh. Isn’t that surprising from the view of year 2022? Or were mesh complications already substantially known by 2013?

      Although fiction, it presents a very plausible way mesh became so popular for general surgeons: Mesh method is amenable to systematic implementation.

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