Is biologic mesh an option for an elective repair?
I have bilateral inguinal hernias. Likely direct and small.
In my reading about mesh options I’ve come to learn that a biologic mesh promotes the growth of Type 1 collagen (vs Type 3 for permanent and Type 1 is far stronger) and that the rate of recurrence is comparable to other mesh options, at least initially (long term is unknown).
Am I crazy to think that a biologic mesh is a great way to go for someone with small hernias who would prefer to avoid permanent mesh and accepts the long term recurrence risk?
Also, does anyone know what a biologic mesh costs? Older information sources indicate they are quite expensive but it seems there are more options recently.
Extra credit, can a doctor skilled in standard mesh placement via TEP simply replace the standard mesh with a biologic?
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