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of a research group with the goal to determine how we could mini- mize foreign body response while maintaining structural integrity. In short, what would the perfect mesh look like? What would it be made of? How would it be structured? It was a great goal, but the answer turned out to be elusive for one very good reason. There is no ideal hernia mesh. Case in point. At the time there were a bunch of newer lightweight, wider pore-size meshes on the market. For some people, they worked great. But in other peo- ple, the mesh simply wasn't strong enough to hold up. Their bodies reacted in ways that led to holes and mechanical failures. No size fits all What we now know is that mesh can have very different levels of interaction in differ- ent patients. The only general statement you can make about mesh is that the same mesh and the same technique can pro- duce dramatically dif- ferent outcomes in different patients. Unfortunately, in some patients, mesh and other factors can contribute to devas- tating outcomes, the worst of which is severe and disabling 6 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 8 Call: 844-SUTURES • info@eSutures.com • eSutures.com Over 1 million surgical items in stock and ready to ship same day! P

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