Go with traditional. I did and I am glad I did. The big problem with mesh is that some people react to it, but not until it's embedded in your body. Once it's embedded its not coming out... And you could be dealing with pain the rest of your life.
Unless it's too big to repair traditionally, avoid mesh. Not worth the risk.
Thanks, that's what I am thinking. Kinda want to keep foreign objects out of my body if I can help it. Appreciate your input. "No34evr", I hope your husband lives a long and pain free life. Mesh sounds like a great idea to help patch the hole, but guess a little freaked out by some of the stories you read about reactions. Thanks for your reply as well. Tom
Like the others mentioned, no mesh would be a good option if the hernia isn't too large. If it's very large, traditional repair might pull the area too tight and can cause another nearby hernia. I don't blame you for not wanting the mesh... even my surgeon said they always try to do without it if possible!