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Unsung Heroes - November 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 9 G ood luck trying to figure out which her- nia mesh is best. "There are just so many different options out there," says Jeffrey Blatnik, MD, FACS, an assistant professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (Mo.). "That makes it diffi- cult to keep up with some of the latest trends because every 6 months, a new product emerges." Mesh has also become very specialized, points out Shirin Towfigh, MD, FACS, a hernia specialist at Beverly Hills (Calif.) Hernia Center. "There are different meshes for laparoscopic surgery versus open surgery, for inguinal hernias versus ventral or abdominal wall hernias, and compa- nies within their own line of items have different styles and types," she says. Making Sense of Hernia Mesh Understanding the evolving science behind the implants will help you decide which option to stock. • PATCH WORK Surgeons like Shirin Towfigh, MD, FACS (right), must pick the mesh with the substance and size that's appropriate for the patient and the hernia repair. Beverly Hills (Calif.) Hernia Center Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor

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