Glossary

What is hernia?

Hernia is a bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening.

What is hernia mesh?

Mesh, also referred to as a “patch” or a “screen,” is a product that many surgeons use to repair hernias. surgeons typically use a sterile, woven material made from a synthetic plastic-like substance, such as polypropylene. The mesh can be in the form of a patch that goes under or over the weakness, or it can be in the form of a plug that goes inside the hole. Mesh is very sturdy and strong, yet extremely thin

What is revision surgery?

It is any surgery performed to fix or lessen injuries caused by the implant. These surgeries may allow the original implant to remain or for the implant to be replaced.

What is extrusion of the mesh device?

Extrusion of the mesh device is when the mesh erodes through the skin and tissues and becomes exposed through the skin.

What is hardening of the mesh device?

The plastic materials these devices are made of can often become hard and brittle after surgery. As a result, the hardened mesh can break apart into sharp mesh fragments that cut surrounding tissue and perforate nearby organs. When mesh abnormally hardens, especially in the walls where muscles constantly expand and contract, pain, infection, tissue destruction, and nerve damage may occur as a result.

What is mesh failure to incorporate?

Polymer materials often used in surgical mesh might not incorporate into human tissue properly. Poor tissue incorporation increases hernia recurrence and an infection risk. As a result, many patients have experienced the surgical mesh tear apart inside of them. Inability of mesh material to properly incorporate results in the mesh floating and moving around in the patients.

What is bowel obstruction?

A gastrointestinal condition in which digested material is prevented from passing normally through the bowel.

What is bowel perforation?

Gastrointestinal perforation (GP) occurs when a hole forms all the way through the stomach, large bowel, or small intestine. A bowel perforation is a surgical emergency, and needs immediate treatment to prevent further complications such as infection or even death.

What is fistula?

An abnormal connection between organs.

What is seroma?

A seroma is a collection of fluid that builds up under the surface of your skin. Seromas may develop after a surgical procedure, most often at the site of the surgical incision or where tissue was removed. The fluid, called serum, doesn’t always build up right away. The swelling and fluid may start collecting several weeks after surgery.

What are mesh adhesions?

Adhesions are fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs, often as a result of injury during surgery. They may be thought of as internal scar tissue that connects tissues not normally connected.