Dr. Brown is Anti-Mesh

A Real-World Example from the Hernia Repair Specialist

I recently examined a 16-year-old male soccer player with an indirect inguinal hernia. His mother told me the first surgeon advised him to have hernia repair with mesh. She was concerned about the hazards of mesh.

The young athlete’s hernia was small and would require only a few absorbable sutures to repair. I told his mother that I agreed with her that mesh was the wrong choice. (I have found that mothers are always right.) I explained that mesh has a significant risk for chronic pain, especially for a young man who is still growing. Also, if he did have trouble after the mesh repair, the mesh is difficult to remove. 

I called the first surgeon at his mother’s request. That surgeon was kind enough to talk with me. He said that he would like to do a non-mesh hernia repair, but it was not part of his training. He did not know how to do a non-mesh repair and so could not offer that operation to his patients.   Most of the younger surgeons have not been trained in how to repair hernias without mesh. They are not familiar with the anatomy, nor the various techniques. Thus, most patients are never given the option for one of the classic suture repairs.

I think this is a terrible situation when patients are suffering from complications due to mesh, simply because their surgeons have not had training in non-mesh repair. It’s even more unfortunate that many patients are unaware that non-mesh hernia repairs are an option. Never has getting a second opinion, and doing your research been more important than it is when it comes to hernia repair.

Learn more about Dr. Brown’s approach to hernia repair without mesh. Contact Dr. Brown today.

William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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