Reply to “In vivo polypropylene mesh degradation is hardly a myth”
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We appreciate the comments provided by Thompson et al. in their Letter to the Editor, regarding our study “The myth: in vivo degradation of polypropylene-based meshes” . However, we question the motives of the authors, who have notably disclosed that they provide medicolegal testimony on behalf of the plaintiffs in mesh litigation, for bringing their courtroom rhetoric into this discussion.
Thompson et al. grossly erred in claiming that we only analyzed the exposed surface of the explants, and not the flaked material that had been removed when cleaning the explants (“removed material”) and ended up in the cleaning solution. As stated in our paper, however, the flaked material was analyzed using light microscopy (LM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscopy before cleaning and after each of the five sequences of the overall cleaning process. Analyzing the cleaning solution would be redundant and therefore serve no purpose, i.e., the...
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