Odd paper from New Zealand
Here is an abstract of a new publication from some surgeons in New Zealand. They state they performed this study due to “negative publicity surrounding surgical mesh in the media”. They report a “no pain” rate of 92%, which, of course, can be converted to a “pain” rate of 8%. 7% of respondents could feel the mesh, apparently. No explantations were reported but they did not ask if explantation was desired or requested. The recurrence rate was very low. The study covered six years, but it’s not clear when the respondents were surveyed. Could be at the two week checkup or it could be years after surgery.
The study was focused on Progrip (trademark) and seems to be an effort to push back against negative publicity. Apparently, an 8% pain rate is okay with them.
At the end they recognized the need for a national registry.
It is strange that they published in a for-profit journal. If they want to “get the word out” they should publish in a free journal.
In this cohort, laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair with ProgripTM has shown a low recurrence rate and excellent post-operative QoL. The QoL data shows that the public perception of mesh based on media reports of complications may not be relevant for this operation. The knowledge gained from this study reinforces the potential value of a national mesh registry such as those seen overseas.”
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