Hernia mesh

Hernia mesh has little to no clinical evidence

BBC Victoria Derbyshire show reports on how hernia mesh has little or no clinical evidence. The Royal College of Surgeons says 1 in 10 people suffer complications following an inguinal hernia mesh repair. The full BBC Victoria Derbyshire show clip here. Story from AOL here

Parliamentary debate September 2019


1 in 4 suffer

Latest paper by Bendavid and Iakoviev suggest 37% of patients with hernia mesh suffer complications including pain and loss of sex life.

Guidelines funded by industry

Drug Watch report that hernia mesh guidelines are funded by industry – the two main sponsors are Bard and J&J

Hernia repairs are carried out using the same polypropylene surgical mesh material as that used for the vaginal implants. Some repairs use alloderm or porcine gratfs (pig).

Mesh Removal and Non Mesh Surgery

BioHernia in Europe run a non mesh hernia repair centre and can also remove mesh. Be sure to ask that in nay repairs you do not consent to a biological graft. This is  a mesh made of cow, pig or cadaver skin. We have members suffering allergic reaction to this material

Shouldice Hospital in Canada is world renowned leader that runs non mesh repairs and mesh removal

Hernia newsletter

Hernia Newsletter sets out the risks and problems of hernia mesh. It is written by non mesh specialist surgeon, Robert Bendavid, of Canada.

Hernia Newsletter second edition is here and talks on conflicts of interest

Drug Watch Johnson and Johnson and Bard are the main funders of the international hernia mesh guidelines. Anyone smell a rat? Putting it again here as it is so crucial!

Bio Hernia Non mesh repairs for private patients

Hernia mesh removal 22%

Study of 105 patients over 4.5 years shows the number of people having mesh removed is 22% . That is a super high rate of one in 4.5 people and a wholly unnaceptable risk


Inguinal hernia recurrence rates

Malik et al The risk of recurrence following an inguinal mesh hernia repair  is 5 times higher than the Shouldice non mesh repair. Independent study, by the University of Toronto of more than 235,000 patients, from 1993 to 2007

Recurrence with Mesh 5,2%. Recurrence with Shouldice Repair 1.1%

Slow onset of pain

Bendavid et al Study talks of SIN syndrome. A surreptitious irreversible neuralgia where pain gradually creeps up on people.

Letter for hernia mesh injured to take to their GP

Tis letter from Surgeon Kevin Petersen explains to medics the problems with hernia mesh and has been written for anybody to take to their GP to help explain the issues and complication rates.

Lives ruined

The Mirror Ex Naval officer fought in two wars but nothing prepares him for hernia mesh hell

Luke’s story One crunch too far and he developed an inguinal hernia, had a mesh repair, then 9 years later a removal for chronic pain.

Hernia mesh litigation cost the NHS  £1.3 billion in 4yrs from 2005 to 2009.

CTV tell the story of 75 year old Lynda Plumb who has considered suicide due to the pain of hernia mesh.

Huffington Post reports that many hernia sufferers don’t realise it’s the same plastic mesh material as the vaginal mesh implants.

A leading Candaian hernia surgeon says it has unacceptably high risks. Read the interview in Stuff magazine.

General Surgery News runs a reader poll on To Mesh or Not To Mesh

CTV News Canadian woman tries to end life because of hernia mesh pain.

Stuff TV Hernia patient talks about how no tests show anything is wrong, yet pain gets worse, painkillers get stronger.He didn’t even know mesh had been inserted. His life, his enjoyment, his hobbies all gone.

Hernia mesh guidelines Britain and EU

British and European guidelines are here .

Hernia mesh can cause problems too.
Hernia mesh can cause problems too.

It does not have the issue of inserting the polypropylene plastic through a clean contaminated, surgical field BUT these mesh patches are also causing problems due to the material shrinking, causing pain and erosion – which means it can cut through tissues and nerve endings.

There are male members of Sling The Mesh who joined after suffering chronic pain from a hernia repair and want to find out more about surgical mesh problems. The Shouldice Hospital in Canada specialises in natural tissue repairs.

Surgeon Robert Bendavid says in this leading journal that he doubts anybody will be awarded any prizes in the future for the use of mesh for hernias or for mesh used in any other area in the body.

British Hernia Centre view point by Andrew de Beaux. Sadly it blames media hype. That old favourite.  It doesn’t tally with our experience! Andrew de Beaux hernia viewpoint

Male infertility

This study claims hernia mesh does not cause infertility in males BUT it only follows up patients for 6 months and the average time for problems to present is 7 to 10 years later.Hernia repair “does not affect fertility” BUT IT ONLY HAD A 6 MONTHS FOLLOW UP

Article on hernia mesh causing catastrophic injuries in Australia

Mesh types

Bard Monofilament Soft mesh caused severe damage following a hernia repair.

Double trouble.  Coviden Symbotex Composite mesh is made of both porcine bio mesh and polypropylene. Warnings of infections, allergic reactions and not to cut the mesh. Also warns of product placement  Coviden Instructions For Use

4% of our group are suffering terribly from Bio mesh

In the UK not all clinical trial results are reported. Some don’t bother/ conveniently forget. A group called Transparimed are in the midst of urging the Government to force publication of all clinical research.

An unpublished clinical trial involves  Symbotex Composite mesh by Medtronic . It is sponsored by Medtronic.



Mesh is a billion dollar business

American lawyer Mike Papontonio on his TV show talks about how hernia mesh is a billion dollar profit machine causing problems for thousands.


Group action against hernia mesh in Canada.

Hernia mesh lawsuit in America May 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR A ONE STOP SHOP for good information about hernia mesh complications.

Another good site for information is here by surgeon Kevin Petersen

Hernia mesh recalled

Hernia mesh has been recalled – Ethicon PHYSIOMESH. Hernia mesh devices were placed on the market despite inadequate testing, trials and proper warning of concerns from physicians, according to this report.

In May 2016, Ethicon issued an “URGENT FIELD SAFETY NOTICE” alerting surgeons they are voluntarily recalling the patch.

Native tissue groin hernia repair

Malik, Urbach et al This study shows you are five times more likely to get recurrence if you have mesh compared to a native tissue repair at the world’s leading natural hernia repair centre the Shouldice Hospital in Canada.

Surgeons don’t report problems with medical devices – they think it’s futile

BMJ Surgeons don’t report problems with medical devices because they don’t see the point – according to this study.

Pariatex hernia mesh recall and info on it here from Medtronic.