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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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L ike many surgical facility leaders, the hospital administrator assumed that biologic meshes must be superior to synthetic meshes when it came to providing a durable hernia repair. After all, she reasoned, biologic mesh costs around twice as much as synthetic — and not just because biologic is made of human or animal skin or small intestinal tissue harvested from pigs, but because it's superior in the clinical outcomes that matter most with mesh: recur- rence rates and infection rates. Plus, she'd heard from many of her surgeons who began to use biologic meshes in the 1990s in an effort 7 8 O U T P A T 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 | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 The Case for Biologic Hernia Repair z CHOICE OF MESH Use of biologic meshes for abdominal wall reconstruction is recommended in contaminated fields. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Though more costly, is there evidence that using biologic mesh results in lower recurrence and infection rates? Dan O'Connor Editor-in-Chief

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