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Definition : Flat, woven (e.g., knitted) materials with an open texture and evenly spaced holes. Mesh used for medical purposes is typically made of a biocompatible substance that is synthetic (e.g., a polymer), metallic (e.g., surgical stainless steel), or biological (e.g., collagen), or a combination of these materials. A mesh is typically implanted to support or protect soft tissue in surgical procedures (e.g., to prevent relapse of hernias, to protect tissue during abdominal wall reconstruction and plastic surgery) and/or bone in orthopedic reconstructive procedures (e.g., cranioplasty). Absorbable mesh is frequently used in tissue engineering as a scaffold for tissue regeneration.

UMDC code : 16042

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