What Is Open Mesh?
Open mesh is an advanced technique that was pioneered by London Hernia Consultants and has been perfected over thousands of successful operations.
It involves positioning a piece of fine mesh at the opening and allowing the body to heal naturally around it for a successful and enduring repair carried out in minutes under local anaesthetic.
A small incision is made at the hernia site, the bulge returned and the mesh, which is sterile and inert, is held in place as the outer incision is closed so that the healing process can start at once.
The body senses the presence of the mesh and creates fibrous tissue to grow around and interlace the mesh increasing its strength so that the weakness that caused the hernia is eliminated. It acts almost as a steel plate inside the abdominal wall.
This process has largely replaced the former default process of stitching up the opening, which could leave the operation site weak and liable to further hernias.
Open Mesh is preferred because there is no need for general anaesthesia and it can be performed as day surgery with patients returning home the same day and resuming normal activity and work within days. Patients can return to sports swiftly and recurrence is extremely unlikely.
Our surgeons are highly-trained and proficient at the technique and have written evidence-based papers that have been published in the world’s leading academic journals.
Benefits Of Open Mesh Repair
- Very short operation with minimal, if any pain
- Can be performed under local anaesthetic
- Rapid recovery, can go home same day
- Reliable against a possible re-occurrence
- No issues for older patients
Who Is Suited To Open Mesh Repair?
It is very rare for our unit to be unable to treat a patient and we have operated successfully on a number who have been turned away by other hospitals because of their age, breathing, heart conditions or complexity of the hernia.
Older patients can get a twin benefit from the open mesh procedure as they will avoid general anaesthesia and the rapid recovery rates mean they can maintain their health and fitness.
The less invasive nature and reduction of tissue trauma from the open mesh procedure is also preferable.
The operation, including consultations, examinations, procedure and aftercare is often less expensive than at other centres. The swift return to work and the avoidance of recurrence are also important factors when assessing the cost.
London Hernia offers the latest techniques, expert private surgical care and enhanced recovery at competitive prices.
Patients without private health insurance can find the price well within reach and a route to avoiding long waiting lists.
Many hernias do not hurt so the temptation is to leave them and get on with life. However, failing to get medical advice can be damaging and is not recommended. If left the hernia will grow and discomfort and pain, even if negligible to start with, will intensify.
Experts In Open Mesh Repair
At London Hernia, Mr Martin Kurzer is a leading expert in the use of open mesh repair and was one of the first surgeons in the UK to advocate the use of mesh for all abdominal hernias and has one of the largest series of open local anaesthetic hernia repairs in Europe.