Hernia Mesh Removal

While hernia mesh has been clearly shown to be necessary in most hernia operations, there are some patients who have suffered complications related to the mesh itself.

The incidence of mesh-related complications is extraordinarily low compared to the number of patients who benefit from mesh placement.

For those who suffer from mesh-related discomfort or pain – there is hope. Mesh can be removed safely by those hernia specialists who have gained expertise in these techniques.

Mesh removal can be performed with open or robotic techniques depending on the location of the mesh and other individual patient factors.

Reasons for Hernia Mesh Removal

Although hernia mesh is considered to be a safe and permanent solution to hernia repair, some patients have encountered complications and side effects that require the removal of the mesh implant.

Possible Reasons for Mesh Removal

  • Infection around the hernia repair site
  • Implant erosion or adhesion into organs
  • Displacement, or migration, of the mesh
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Chronic discomfort or pain in the area of mesh placement

Important Issues in Removal of Hernia Mesh

Removal of hernia mesh can be beneficial for those suffering from mesh-related complications. Still, it’s important to note that mesh removal may also come with risks.

Your hernia specialist needs to consider and discuss the following when considering mesh removal:
  • Removing mesh in its entirety
  • Avoiding damage or removal of adjacent muscle, fascia, or bowel.
  • Reconstructing the residual hernia after removing mesh that was used for the initial repair. 

Risks of Hernia Mesh Removal

The following are possible risks associated with removing hernia mesh:

  • Recurrent hernia
  • Adhesions
  • Numbness
  • Injury to major organs and blood vessels


Robotic technology is a new tool that can enhance the safety of mesh removal. The improvement in visualization and precision of instrumentation has allowed for a higher degree of safety in mesh removal.

What to Expect When Your Mesh is Removed

For most people that are suffering from mesh-related pain or other complications, removal of the mesh is a life-changing experience.

Despite expected pain or discomfort from the surgery, typically the sense of the previous mesh being removed is experienced within the first 72 hours.

While there are risks associated with these procedures, most patients benefit and appreciate "the beginning of the rest of their life".

Most mesh removal operations can be performed in an outpatient setting and some may require hospitalization.

About Recovery from Mesh Removal Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, it’s important for you to take time to rest and give your body time to heal.

We’ll send you and your caretaker home with post-surgical expectations, but expect recovery to take about 4 to 6 weeks. You will usually be able to carry on with light activities a couple of weeks after surgery and more normal or heavy activities after 6 weeks.

Why Choose Our Hernia Mesh Removal Specialist in Sarasota

Our team of experts, including Dr. Jonathan Yunis, has experience in a variety of hernia treatment techniques including hernia mesh removal.

Don't put your hernia problems off any longer. Reduction of pain post-surgery, quick recovery and the prevention of the hernia's recurrence are at the forefront of our center. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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