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Low cost mesh for hernia repair is as good as commercial mesh, trial finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i168
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Men undergoing hernia repair using a low cost mesh have a similar rate of hernia recurrence and postoperative complications as those treated with a commercial mesh, shows a randomised trial carried out in Uganda, where commercial meshes are generally unaffordable.

The trial randomly allocated 302 adult men with primary, unilateral, reducible groin hernias to undergo surgical hernia repair using either a low cost mesh or a commercial synthetic mesh.1

Commercial meshes are too expensive for most patients in low and …

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