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Mesh for Hernia Repair Reduces Recurrence: Study

But the open surgery technique increases odds of complications, researchers find

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When mesh was used with stitches, the recurrence rate was just 2.7 percent, compared with 8.2 percent with stitches alone, the results showed.

However, mesh use increased the odds of seromas -- 7.7 percent versus 3.8 percent, the researchers found. And incision infections were slightly more common with mesh, 7.3 percent versus 6.6 percent.

The authors suggest that further studies are needed to determine if one surgical technique has clear advantages over the other.

"As with any treatment -- medical or surgical -- there is nuance and patient-specific factors that should be considered when deciding on a treatment," said Dr. Robert Andrews, director of acute care surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Obesity, the mesh material used, tobacco use, technical factors related to the operation, and certain medications may affect the results, Andrews pointed out.

"I believe a safe message for patients is unchanged: Consult with an experienced surgeon and discuss your particular case," Andrews said.

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