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Dr. Steven Williams in Boise, Idaho

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February 2019
Do I Have to Have Mesh Placed to Fix my Hernia?

Do I Have to Have Mesh Placed to Fix my Hernia?

First of all, not all hernias require mesh to be repaired and resolved. However, mesh is an invaluable tool which has allowed surgeons to be able to reliably repair hernias which in the past were not possible to repair. Not all hernias are the same and not all meshes are the same. Mesh is a tool and a good surgeon will understand the limitations of the mesh, which mesh is best for which type of hernia, what complications the mesh product could possibly bring into the equation for the patient, an...
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January 2019
Is Hernia Mesh Bad?

Is Hernia Mesh Bad?

But, mesh does have its limitations and certainly, there can be complications of hernia mesh. It is these complications that have been publicized and given mesh a bad name in some people’s minds. For me, individually, I do not believe that all hernias require mesh for repair and I strongly believe that if mesh is not needed, it should not be used. Hernia mesh is a tool.
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December 2018
What Causes Hernias?

What Causes Hernias?

A hernia is an abnormal protrusion through a muscular wall. As we have previously discussed, a hernia is most often caused by a hole within the fascia. The fascia is the tough wrapper around our muscles which holds our muscle fibers in place as a bundle. When we eat meat, we might encounter the fascia as ‘gristle’, the tough part which is hard to chew.
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April 2017
Can My Child Have a Hernia?

Can My Child Have a Hernia?

Children can have inguinal hernias, which develop at the bottom of the abdominal wall where the abdomen meets the hip. The problem occurs when a weak muscle in this region allows abdominal or intestinal tissue to bulge.
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December 2016
When It's Time For Hernia Surgery

When It's Time For Hernia Surgery

A hernia is an unusual sac that forms by your abdominal cavity's inside lining, known as the peritoneum. This sac may come through a weak area in the stronger layer of your belly wall that is surrounded by muscle.
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