Trudy Lieberman recently published an article about the economics of the use of mesh in Harpers’ magazine.  (I contributed to the article).  She outlines the huge amount of money involved and the fact the mesh companies have paid hospitals and doctors to use mesh for hernia repairs despite the well know and documented problems of pain, shrinkage, sexual dysfunction, and nerve damage.   I wish it was not true, but money does influence decision-making even if the patient suffers.

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