Mesh reinforcement procedure
The use of a mesh, be it synthetic or biological, has many advantages. It offers fast recovery after surgery. In most cases, the patients can resume their normal physical activities after 1-2 weeks. This is in contrast to the mesh-free procedure, which requires a recovery period of 6-8 weeks. It also significantly reduces the likelihood of the recurrence of the hernia (relapse).
Meshes can be inserted during open surgery by abdominal incision or using a minimally invasively approach, i.e. the keyhole procedure. The difference is illustrated in the two schematic drawings below.
There are two types of mesh reinforcement procedures: Open surgery and minimally invasive procedures: