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   Posted 10/2/2013 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Is biological mess always used in hiatus hernia repairs? Is it safe enough?

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   Posted 10/3/2013 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hopegood,

No biological mesh is not always used in hiatus hernia repairs, in fact my surgeon refuses to use it as he has seen so many complications from it. I do believe that mesh is used in very large hernias, and in the UK Bovine mesh is used as the tissue is supposed to grow over it.
I would have thought bovine mesh would be the way to go for mine, but my surgeon is adamant they cause trouble - in saying that I have a friend who had heart surgery 16 years ago and they used bovine mesh for that and he has been perfect! So I guess it's down to your surgeon's preference.
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   Posted 10/3/2013 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks GC1pink.

I don't know what type of mesh is often used in US. Anyone knows?

I heard pig bowels are also used in UK as mesh with good results.

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   Posted 10/3/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a couple of pig mesh repairs, but my hiatus hernia was repaired with my own tissue. I asked my surgeon about it and he said he never uses mesh in hiatus hernia repair any more. In this location there is to much chance or erosion into other tissues. I suspect it may have something to do with the constant motion of the diaphragm.

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   Posted 10/3/2013 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie,

How is the stability and effectiveness of hernia repair by using your own tissue?

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   Posted 10/4/2013 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
It works very well. My hernia repair has lasted from my 1st nissen in '06.

It's been through 2 more nissens, a torn esophagus and tore apart wrap, severe dry heaves multiple times.

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   Posted 10/4/2013 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Opnwhl4, you also used your own tissue to repair your hiatus hernia like alicie? Or you used biological mesh ?

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   Posted 10/4/2013 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hopegood,
My hernia was repaired with surgeon said that he considered adding mesh, but because "that can cause its own problems" he added a few more stitches, instead.  I had very fragile internal tissue due to steroid usage (I had bad lungs prior to my surgery), and because of that, he took the precaution of adding more stitches for strength. 
I coughed severely and nonstop during my recovery, and my stitches held, even with the steroid-effected tissue.  I believe that mesh can rub on the esophagus and cause erosions.  I'm no expert/doctor, so don't go by my information.  I'm going by my own experience and discussing the issue with my surgeon.
I have had cadaver/biologic mesh used, though, during foot surgery, and had no problems with it.
Good luck with your search for answers!
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