Clinicians have been challenged in the past few years by an increasing variety of novel non‐infectious and infectious complications following the widespread use of meshes after open or laparoscopic repair of hernias. The possibility of a mesh‐related infection occurring weeks or even years after hernia repair, should be considered in any patient with fever of unknown origin, or symptoms and/or signs of inflammation of the abdominal wall following hernia repair. The reported incidence of mesh‐related infection following hernia repair has been 1%–8% in different series, and this incidence is influenced by underlying co‐morbidities, the type of mesh, the surgical technique and the strategy used to prevent infections. An approach that combines medical and surgical management is necessary for cases of mesh infection. The antimicrobial treatment regimen chosen initially should include coverage of Staphylococcus spp. and, particularly, Staphylococcus aureus.