Recent Article on Hernia Mesh Developments Highlights Viable Options, But Shows a Need for Further Research, notes Dr. Shirin Towfigh

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Commenting on the recent article, the Beverly Hills surgeon and hernia expert notes that the most recent round of discussion surrounding new hernia technologies is largely positive, but more work can still be done to ensure safety and efficacy.

The idea behind surgical mesh is simple. Perfecting it is much more complex.

This acceptance of the idea that every patient is different and requires a customized approach is reassuring, and should be applied to all aspects of hernia care.

According to an article published August 13 by General Surgery News, the most recent World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery involved many conversations between hernia experts surrounding the search for the ideal hernia mesh. With so many different approved mesh options out there, the article notes that many different experts have different ideas about which is the best mesh for their patients. What the article largely concludes, however, is that different types of mesh are better for different patients. According to hernia expert Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, this acceptance of the idea that every patient is different and requires a customized approach is reassuring, and should be applied to all aspects of hernia care. Additionally, Dr. Towfigh says that while finding the perfect mesh that is best for each and every patient may be unlikely, research into new mesh options is still incredibly important.

One new technology that was discussed at length in the article is the new Phasix Mesh, developed by Davol Inc., which is made of a polymer natural to the human body so that the mesh can be slowly broken down, dissolved, and resorbed into the body after it has served its purpose. Many of the experts quoted in the article shared the opinion that this mesh showed potential, but needs further research to determine safety and efficacy.

In fact, Dr. Towfigh is currently administering one of these trials with the Phasix mesh, the data for which should be fully collected in July 2016. Hopefully, she notes, patients will on the whole respond positively to the mesh, paving the way for doctors to use the technology with other qualified patients. Yet, as noted before, she stresses that there is no such thing as too much research. As she is working on her own trial with the mesh, other experts should also be proactive about exploring other new methods that may be better suited to certain patients.

Dr. Shirin Towfigh notes that it is important for experts and patients to engage one another with productive hernia discussion, so that the next (and current) generation of hernia patients has the best possible chance of a positive outcome. Any current hernia patients, or even those who simply suspect they may have a hernia, can set up a consultation with Dr. Towfigh at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center by calling 310-358-5020 or visiting the medical office online at

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