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Comment & Response
December 2016

Hernia Mesh Repair and Global Surgery—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 2Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(12):1191-1192. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.3497

In Reply We thank Beard and colleagues for their comments and are in agreement with them. It was not our intention to suggest that providing low-cost mesh was the only option for improvement of access to surgical care for hernias. We fully agree that education focused on improving safety and technical ability is paramount as part of a broad-based effort to decrease disparities. The primary purpose of our Viewpoint was to point out that we do not feel medical device manufacturers have done all that they could to help the global surgical community provide access to safe, modern surgical care for all.

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