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Presentation date

Summer 8-12-2021

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Faculty Mentor

Nathan Bills PhD, MBA


Hernia repair is one of the most common procedures performed around the world. Surgical mesh materials are used to reinforce hernia repairs and improve surgical outcomes. However, current commercial mesh materials produce problems such as infection, rejection, shrinkage, adhesion, and mechanical failure. These problems contribute to a high rate of hernia recurrence and mesh removal. With the number of hernias expected to rise in the future due to increases in obesity and diabetes, the need for more effective mesh materials is critical. This review aims to identify, evaluate, and summarize experimental surgical mesh materials used in the preclinical stages of development and catalogue their characteristics and the tests used for their evaluation.


hernia repair, surgical mesh, animal model, in vivo testing, experimental mesh

Systematic Review of Preclinical Surgical Meshes for Hernia Repair