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Comment & Response
December 2016

Hernia Mesh Repair and Global Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Trauma, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Dentistry, College of Health Sciences (Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
  • 3Department of Surgery and Perioperative Sciences, University Hospital of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(12):1191. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.3496

To the Editor We would like to thank Forrester and colleagues1 for highlighting the important topic of groin hernia surgery. With more than 200 million people living with inguinal hernia worldwide, it is a tremendous public health issue for which there is a solution—surgery.2 Performed well, elective hernia repair often provides a lifelong cure. Using a mesh to reinforce the abdominal wall is generally recommended because it reduces the risk of recurrence compared with using tissue techniques.3