By Christina Frangou

Las Vegas—In a first for the 22-year-old organization, the Americas Hernia Society brought together surgeons, scientists, mesh manufacturers and lawyers in a packed room at its annual meeting to address a question that, having never been answered in clinical trials, is now being debated on social media, in doctors’ offices and through lawsuits: Are hernia meshes safe in the long term?

The meeting could be “the turning point for our society and our