Religious Preferences and the Makeup of Your Mesh

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Religious Preferences and the Makeup of Your Mesh

Cows and Pigs, by Rob Purvis, WikiCommons

November 14, 2012 ~  MDND would like to hear from individuals who have had an animal mesh (bovine, cow or porcine, pig) or an allograph (biologic) mesh to gauge their experience for hernia repair when compared to polypropylene mesh.

In this issue of General Surgery from November 2009, a doctor tried to answer a question he had never received before. A female patient, a Jehovah’s Witness, wanted to know if she could have a biologic mesh for a hernia repair implanted without violating a religious conviction?

A research fellow at Washington University in St. Louis realized that there were no guidelines for surgeons on which religions might accept or reject biologic or animal meshes, so he launched a research project into religious preferences over biologic meshes. There was no inclusion of plastic, petroleum-based mesh which is often the first choice for hernia repair.

It turns out that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses gave broad responses to the inquiry, and had no opinion on the matter.

Catholics and Methodists are opposed to any medical product if aborted fetus tissue or embryonic stem cells are used but consider porcine and bovine acceptable.

Under Jewish law, the consumption of pork is prohibited but there are no laws regarding the use of non-kosher products. And there is no restriction on any products for Muslims even though they have restrictions on consuming beef and pork, as do Islamic principles.

What should surgeons say to their patients about race and religion and the use of biologic mesh in surgery?

“Absolutely, yes, you should tell patients everything. Not only are you legally and ethically obligated, but you also are medically obligated because some patients have allergies,” said Mary H. McGrath, MD, a professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and editor of Ethical Issues in Clinical Surgery, a publication of the American College of Surgeons.

Biologic meshes

Biologic meshes include AlloDerm, Flex HD, AlloMax Surgical Graft which all contain cadaver-harvested dermis.

CollaMend, FortaGen, Permacol, Strattice, Surgisis and XenMatriX come from porcine or pig dermis and submucosa.  SurgiMend, Veritas Collagen Matrix contains bovine or cow-derived parts.

Other meshes are a composite such as Parietex Composite and C-Qur made with fatty acids from fish.

Learn More:

General Surgery,  November 2009:




By | 2012-11-14T23:07:46+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Medical News|2 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Danny Haszard November 15, 2012 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Jehovah’s Witnesses *blood transfusion confusion*.

    In 2012 God’s will and scripture has little to do with the Jehovah’s Witnesses position on use of blood products.

    The JW leadership is foremost concerned what will play out in a secular court of law as to the parent Watchtower being held liable for wrongful deaths.

    Most Jehovah’s Witnesses rushed to the ER with massive blood loss will cry NO BLOOD right up to their last breath,The shocker is they can now have most of the blood components that will pull them through,but they are so indoctrinated that blood is forbidden that they can’t comprehend the loopholes.

    The Watchtower has drilled and grilled us that our stand on blood is NON NEGOTIABLE.

    The loopholes that allow blood usage is to save the Watchtower corporation money from blood death liability suits.

    This is a truly evil organization that would sacrifice tens of thousands of men,women,children for the almighty dollar.

    The blood products ban has been in force since 1945 the buzz today about it being a *personal conscience matter* and the hope of new medical advances like artificial blood don’t undo all those who have past perished.

    The New York city based Watchtower sect is concerned foremost with liability lawsuits for wrongful death.They know that if they repeal the ban on *whole* blood transfusion,that it will open the door for legal examination of all the thousands who have died since 1945.

    Cults do get people killed!

    50-100 times as many men,women,children have been killed by the Watchtower society ban on *whole* blood transfusions than at Jonestown kool-aid mass murders.

    *tell the truth don’t be afraid*

    Danny Haszard FMI ajwrb(dot)org

    JW blood reform site

  2. Sonia Preston February 10, 2013 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Hi I had i believe up to three different types of mesh implanted inb December 2011, for a colapsed pelvic floor/wall and bowel, my bowel ended resting in my private part. The mesh implanted Biodesign Sirgisis and Surgi Pro, the Sirgisis a by product of pig, and I also read, that it is totatlly absorbable and also that it is used in contaiminated and infected sites/wounds. I did not have any infections now but now I have them all the time.

    I felt O.K. until approx. August 2012, and I started feeling nausea, vomitting, severe abdominal and pelvic pain, pain in both my back side and my private part, burning, the feeling of passing razor blades, fevers, chils, I can sleep for 16 hours straight, no energy, and when I pass a bowel movement it has alien things in it like hair, black and white stuff and mucus. Also I have inconticence mainly of the bowel. I am on antibiotics all the time.

    I live in Australia.

    The original surgeon will not see me.

    Kind regards

    Sonia Preston

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