The findings of a study of Dr. Patti and Dr. Schlottmann were recently reported in the June issue of ACS Surgery News, the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons
The findings of a study of Dr. Patti and Dr. Schlottmann were recently reported in the June issue of ACS Surgery News, the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons.
Marco G. Patti, MD, Professor of Surgery and Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing and Francisco Schlottmann, MD, Research Fellow in Gastrointestinal Surgery, published their study “Laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair: Utilization rates of mesh in the USA and short term outcome analysis” in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (2017 May 26. doi: 10.1007/s11605-017-3452-8).
The findings of their study were discussed in ACS Surgery News. “Mesh use for laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair held steady”.
Utilization of mesh in laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair remained steady from 2011 to 2014, despite a lack of evidence supporting its use, according to Francisco Schlottmann, MD, and his associates. “The use of mesh is associated with high expenses, and biomedical technology continues to offer newer and more expensive mesh products on the market. Given the progressive aging of the U.S. population, the number of paraesophageal hernia repairs is expected to increase in the future. The indiscriminate use of mesh, which is not supported by evidence showing a decrease in recurrence rate, will determine unnecessary costs for the health care system,” the investigators noted.