What Are the Alternatives to Mesh Repair of a Hernia?

The surgical alternative to hernioplasty, or the use of mesh patches to support weaknesses in the abdominal wall, is herniorrhaphy, in which the doctor sews healthy muscle tissue together to repair abdominal weaknesses. The choice of approach depends on the part of the muscle wall that needs repair, reports WebMD.

For hernias that have been in place since the patient was born, and for abdominal tissue that is healthy enough to take stitching without undergoing additional stress, herniorrhaphy is an appropriate treatment. Hernioplasty is becoming the preferred treatment for bigger hernias and hernias that recur. The mesh patch reduces tension along the whole belly wall, notes WebMD.