hernia mesh procedure

Hernia mesh complications are growing as a global issue

 

As of February 2018, more than 54,000 hernia mesh lawsuit cases are still awaiting some kind of action. Although there have been some very distinguished settlements and verdicts in a couple of hernia mesh case, there are some class action lawsuits that are still awaiting for results. The plaintiffs asked for the compensation of the loss of wages, cost for the medical expenses, and compensation for their emotional suffering as well.

Hernia mesh surgery is a popular surgical procedure in the U.S. and sees more than 80,000 repairs performed every year. The use of the surgical mesh product is no more a new thing but has been n the news for all the wrong reasons. It was, however, advertised to help patients prevent the condition from further occurring.

hernia mesh procedureOne of the most severe side effects of any flawed hernia mesh procedure is the chance of infection, which is often overlooked. But once they are left untreated for a long time, it is not possible to cure them easily. So, if there is any sign of pain, bleeding or discomfort, you must get in touch with the health provider immediately.

If there is any defect in the quality of the mesh, chances of mesh migration is very high. It goes to various parts of the neighboring implant region causing nerve damage and other serious complications. Chronic pain is the only way to determine if there is any such unwanted condition inside the implant.

Of the most commonly reported complications and health issues associated is hernia recurrence. Thousands of adverse reports have been submitted to the FDA which speaks about how improper surgical techniques led to the complexities of hernia relapse. Shrinkage and migration of defective mesh products is also to blame for resulting similar consequences.

If you or someone you love ones have suffered from the complications of a defective hernia mesh implant, get in touch with the dedicated team of Mesh Hernia Lawsuits. Visit http://meshhernia.com/ or dial 855-817-3922 to know more about the way to file for lawsuits. You can also get a free evaluation of your case from them.

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4 symptoms and other things you need to know about hernia mesh

 

The process of hernia surgery was revolutionized with the development of implantable fabric meshes. These meshes became extremely popular as they offer a faster recovery period and does not need any elaborate surgical intervention. The surgeons can choose to repair the condition by pulling together the natural tissues or by using these medical meshes to bridge the abnormal opening without creating any tension.

The benefits of hernia meshes are many however there have been plenty of reports which said the risks of these devices. The nature of the complaints became such that in 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a class I recall (which is the most serious label) on counterfeit surgical mesh.

Patients should be familiar with potential complications so that they know where to look out for and when to seek medical treatment in case of a hernia repair surgery. A hernia mesh revision surgery (also called a hernioplasty) might be required if the hernia mesh procedure is a failure.

There are different types of hernias formed in the human body and the most common ones reported include:

  • Inguinal: inner groin
  • Femoral: outer groin
  • Hiatal: upper stomach
  • Umbilical: belly button
  • Incisional: resulting from an incision

While some hernias are treated non-surgically, many need to be operated. Physicians use the surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair. Made out of synthetic material or animal tissue, these meshes provide extra support to the weak and damaged tissues.

But with the number of reports about the hernia mesh complications increased, the FDA stated “Hernias have a high rate of recurrence, and surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair and reduce the rate of recurrence. Since the 1980s, there has been an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs—by 2000, non-mesh repairs represented less than 10% of groin hernia repair techniques.

Resulting in a host of unnecessary complications, the following are the most common complications after hernia mesh procedure.

  • Infection: This is the most common complication caused by a reaction from the mesh material or when there is a weakened immune system. It can be cured with antibiotics, but often requires corrective surgery to remove the mesh and prevent any further set of infections.
  • Adhesions: It’s not strange for adhesions (scar tissue) to appear around the implant site. When that happens, there can be a series of health hazards as the organs growing together stops functioning properly.
  • Bowel obstruction: This complication can occur when the scar tissue starts developing around the implant site and hinders the bowels. The only way to fix a bowel obstruction is by removing the mesh particles blocking the path surgically.
  • Bowel perforation: Sometimes the mesh can perforate the colon or small intestine, and it may lead the fecal matter leaking into the rest of the body that leaves the chance of major infection. Bowel perforation, also can only be fixed with a surgery, but the damage caused is often permanent.

Patients should immediately inform the doctor is there are any symptoms of:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Swelling
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Fever
  • Bleeding (sometimes with urine)
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Redness or increased temperature

If you’re experiencing the undue symptoms after undergoing a hernia mesh repair, you need to get medical treatment as soon as possible. After you receive treatment, it’s a wise to consult with a lawyer to discuss the legal options.