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OSE_1309_part2_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:24 PM Page 129 A B D O M I N A L S U R G E R Y You can play TIES THAT BIND The goal of mesh is a useful role to secure and facilion that front tate tissue by gatekeepingrowth, but avoid adhesions. ing. Standardizing all mesh purchases down to one company isn't likely to work, even though vendors may make that argument. There are just too many options and needs. But requests for new mesh purchases can be reviewed, similar to the work that hospitals' pharmaceutical and therapeutics committees do. Given the extent to which healthcare revolves around cost containment, taking a look at a product's data and comparing it to items already stocked seems a reasonable alternative to rubber-stamping all requests. Striking an arrangement with manufacturers to buy the mesh on consignment, by piece and per use, is another cost-efficiency strategy. Abdominal surgeons don't expect surgical managers to know the difference between meshes — they're far too complex — but should be willing to consult with them on purchases, because one mesh does not fit all. OSM Dr. Voeller (grvoeller@gmail.com) is a professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and the past president of the American Hernia Association. S E P T E M B E R 2013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E 1 2 9

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