This patient is a 35 year old male who presented with a groin mesh infection. The patient shown here had an exposed and grossly infected right groin mesh. The patient had previously undergone a laparascopic right inguinal hernia repair with permanent mesh in Israel. His first repair failed.  He then underwent a second attempt at repair by another surgeon in London, England. They used a direct open approach. He then moved to Los Angeles, and several years later noted a foul smelling fluid leaking from his groin. He spent about eight months meeting with surgeons and did not feel comfortable having surgery with them. He then met with Dr. Marcus and decided to have this problem repaired. Together with Dr. Brenner, they created an operation that would remove the infected mesh. Due to both the severity and long duration of the infection, Dr. Brenner decided to reconstruct the resulting defect. The designed operation would use a large and well-vascualrized muscle from the right thigh. The patient has healed very well and has regained almost his entire thigh strength.

Mesh Infection Repair Operation:

1) Excision/removal of infected right inguinal onlay and inlay mesh grafts.

2) Debridement of non-viable groin tissues.

3) Reconstruction of the right groin defect with a pedicled rectus femoris muscle flap.


If you are currently suffering with a groin mesh infection, contact the surgeons at ROX Hernia Center. We use a multi-disciplinary approach for comprehensive hernia care.