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Infected mesh repair and management

Treating post-hernia surgery infection

HCA UK’s experts explain how they can help if the mesh used to repair your hernia becomes infected

About an infected mesh repair

Hernia repair surgery is straightforward but sometimes there are complications, such as mesh infections. Mesh is a special material used to strengthen the abdominal wall. Occasionally bacteria can infect where the mesh is located causing irritation and inflammation. This can be treated surgically by removing the mesh to control the spread of the infection.

Need to know

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    If you have a mesh infection, your symptoms may include:
    • tenderness, pain or a burning feeling in the area
    • swelling or fluid retention
    • persistent fever
    • difficulty urinating (peeing) or passing stools (poo)
    • nausea and vomiting Infected mesh repair can be a complex procedure.

    Once mesh becomes infected, it’s important to completely remove it to prevent further infection.

    It requires great care and attention to avoid damage to the surrounding soft tissues. Your consultant will also assess if the infection has affected your bowel or spread to any other underlying soft tissues.
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    Your consultant will carefully examine you to make sure the treatment is suited to your needs.

    An ultrasound scan me be carried out or a CT scan to verify the mesh has become infected.

    If you have a mesh infection, the mesh will need to be completely removed and replaced to prevent the spread of infection.

    The surgery can be performed by open or keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery.

    You will be given a general anaesthetic which means you’ll be asleep during the procedure.

    Your consultant will advise you on whether you can eat or drink before the procedure.
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    You may feel quite drowsy when you wake up and it’s common to feel some pain or discomfort. Our specialist nurses will be on hand to help with your recovery, offering pain relief or medication if needed.

    If you had keyhole surgery the cuts are smaller, so your recovery is likely to be quicker than with open surgery. Open surgery is a more complex operation and your recovery period is likely to be longer.

    Your consultant will be able to advise you on when you can resume your normal daily activities and return back to work.

Our consultants

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Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    Chiswick Medical Centre

    Chiswick Medical Centre, Bond House

    347-353 Chiswick High Road

    London  W4 4HS

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  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Docklands facility

    HCA UK at Docklands

    2 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf

    London

    E14 5EE

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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