Recent Hernia Repair Device Forecast Highlights the Need for Continued Research into Treatment Effectiveness, Says Dr. Shirin Towfigh

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The expected rapid growth in the number and the type of hernia repair devices and materials is encouraging, says Dr. Towfigh, but doctors should still increase their efforts pertaining to certain areas of emphasis.

Medical researchers and doctors are constantly collaborating for new mesh solutions.

Dr. Towfigh stresses that, while it is important that doctors and bio-tech companies work together to develop solutions to common problems involving all aspects of hernias, two areas in particular could greatly benefit from increased attention.

According to a June 23rd market forecast published on medGadget, the hernia repair devices market is set to grow “at a significant rate due to an increase in the hernia cases and growing awareness for the same.” The article identifies surgical instruments, prosthetic mesh, and biological materials as some of the new tools that are set to be developed between now and 2020. According to hernia specialist Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, this represents a step in the right direction in terms of addressing the needs of hernia sufferers. Dr. Towfigh stresses that, while it is important that doctors and bio-tech companies work together to develop solutions to common problems involving all aspects of hernias, two areas in particular could greatly benefit from increased attention:

  • Mesh Repairs: A hernia repair with mesh is, and has long been, one the most effective ways to treat hernias, says Dr. Towfigh. Yet, continued research and development should be done to develop new types of mesh that can further reduce the risk of infections, and successfully and permanently stop the recurrence of a hernia when repairing with mesh. Currently, Dr. Towfigh is working to test the safety and efficacy of Davol Inc.’s Phasix™ mesh for hernia repairs. This mesh is meant to be fully resorbable, so, if proven to be effective, patients with this new mesh will not be stuck with a permanent mesh implant long after it has served its purpose.
  • Treatment for Women: Dr. Towfigh has long been an advocate for increased attention on female hernia sufferers, and educates her colleagues on how to properly detect and treat hernias in women. Dr. Towfigh notes that the female anatomy can make it difficult for doctors to detect hernias, causing many female hernia sufferers to go undiagnosed. Dr. Towfigh advocates for increasing the use of imaging technologies such as MRI to detect hernias in women who experience pain, but don’t have the visible bulge that is often indicative of a hernia. While this is a matter of utilization, not new technology, notes Dr. Towfigh, the discussion of further treatment developments is still an appropriate time to encourage further MRI usage.

In addition to research and education, Dr. Towfigh is a board certified surgeon who has performed countless hernia repairs for patients of all types. Anyone interested in scheduling a consultation at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center or learning more about the existing treatment options for hernias can call 310-693-6096 or visit the center online at http://www.beverlyhillsherniacenter.com.

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