Hernia mesh, or surgical mesh, is a medical device that supports damaged tissue around hernias as it heals. The surgeons place the mesh across the area surrounding the hernia, it is attached with stitches, staples or glue. Hernia mesh it is known to be used in 1 million surgeries annually in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, doctors have been using hernia mesh to improve a patient’s recovery after the surgery and because it may take less time compared to other treatment options. However, the agency blames recalled meshes for many reports of hernia mesh complications.

What can be done to ease complications?

It is my personal experience as a healthcare provider that clients that are referred to us, are those that have experienced body’s rejection to the medical mesh. Unfortunately some of these mesh have a recall and a case class action lawsuit in many cases pending. Most patients are dealing with inflammation and scars that started forming after mesh was surgically applied. The body’s natural response to foreign objects is to produce more fluids in the area and this process doesn’t allow the body to flush the fluids naturally. Organs are affected as the autoimmune system is jeopardized causing additional discomfort and dis-ease to the individual.

Before and after hernia mesh surgery

At our facility we make sure that we implement lymphatic drainage therapy with our Lymphstar Pro,® a wellness technology that enhances detoxification & health by improving lymphatic circulation. Along, with the lymph drainage we also incorporate the Dolphin Neurostim that produces microcurrent stimulation, a device, that delivers what some refer to it as “resonate” with the nervous system and influence dramatic cellular changes in organs, tissues and fascia.

With the aid of a Thermography image we are able to identify the area that needs the attention due to inflammation. Client had imaging done after having mesh removed surgically and continued with pain and discomfort in the area several weeks after.

Red is sign of inflammation in the upper abdominal area

What are some alternatives?

Combining both technology we can expect pain reduction as the inflammation is reduced by helping the body flush out the stagnant fluid in the area the mesh has been removed from. We feel that supplementing this treatment along with medical recommendation can ease the recovery discomfort. In some cases anti inflammatory supplements are highly recommended like, ginger used to treat indigestion and nausea, including morning sickness, Curcumin, fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital to good health, Resveratrol supplements reduces inflammation in individuals with heart disease, insulin resistance, gastritis, ulcerative colitis and other conditions, spirulina a type of blue-green algae with strong antioxidant effects.

When possible whole foods are highly recommended as anti inflammatory such as, berries, fatty fish, broccoli, avocados, green tea, peppers, mushrooms, grapes, turmeric, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate and cocoa, tomatoes, cherries. In addition to filling your diet with nutritious anti-inflammatory ingredients, it’s important to limit your consumption of foods that can promote inflammation.