7th Annual WML Academic Symposium

Time: 9:00 AM
Rm 312
Presenter(s): Danny Koh, Victoria Lipinski, Kathryn Smid, and Kelsey Staudinger
Title: Complications of Synthetic Surgical Mesh
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Brenseke , School of Medicine

During anatomy dissection of a 77-year-old male, a mass was found in association with synthetic mesh presumed to have been used to repair an abdominal wall hernia. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 abdominal wall hernia repairs are performed annually in the US. With these repairs, synthetic mesh is most effective at preventing recurrence; however, patients can be exposed to surgical complications, such as pain, fibrosis, and infection. The mass found in the cadaver was investigated and determined to be a host response to the synthetic mesh.