Hernia Mesh Failure Modes
Victims of hernia mesh erosion and failure can suffer severe complications. These injuries can be the basis of a hernia mesh lawsuit, which can be provided for you by The Willis Law Firm. Contact us today for your free legal consultation. When considering such action, it’s important that hernia mesh characteristics -- and risks -- be explained to you.
Hernia mesh is a patch or screen-like implant of varying sizes that is surgically placed over a hernia, which is when organs or tissues bulge through a weak spot or tear in the abdominal wall. Around 80 per cent of the time, such hernias occur in the groin area. Often made of synthetic plastic, hernia mesh is intended to bolster damaged abdominal muscles and contain the hernia. Tiny pores within the mesh even let tissue grow into it, since most hernia mesh is not removed but rather is considered permanent, with no hernia mesh removal after the hernia subsides.
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The other common treatment of hernias -- which must be addressed with surgery -- is surgical sutures to stitch together torn muscles. That is known as herniorraphy. Hernia mesh surgery, known as hernioplasty, began as early as the 1940s. But it wasn’t until 1989 that minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery was used to implant synthetic mesh to counter hernias. Now, around half of all yearly hernia surgeries involve hernia mesh. The biggest advantage of mesh implants over long-used surgical sutures is a smaller rate of hernia recurrence. However, hernia mesh failure can occur in the form of severe side effects. The hernia may be gone, but mesh complications can arise.
Hernia Mesh Erosion Explained
Such mesh failure can include hernia mesh erosion. This occurs when the mesh material which is surgically implanted in the body erodes, or falls apart. Such material then can adhere or stick to various bodily tissues, such as the bowel, stomach or abdominal wall. When the scar-like results of this adhesion causes tissues to stick together, that can cause severe infections and extreme pain.
Hernia mesh failure also can lead to a recurrence of hernias. In fact, when a new hernia protrudes where a previous hernia was treated with defective hernia mesh, the new hernia can be even larger, more painful and more difficult to treat. Subsequent hernia mesh repair or removal may involve multiple follow-up surgeries, each of them painful and costly.
More Hernia Mesh Failure
Still more examples of hernia mesh failure include infections and other injuries caused by coating of the polypropylene fibers in hernia mesh. The polypropylene itself also is harmful when it comes in contact with tissues, but the coating of composite hernia mesh also can be dangerous. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whose oversights have allowed many defective mesh products on the market, has warned against hernia mesh failures. These can include complications such as nerve damage, infections and adhesions, as when parts of the intestines stick together or stick to the mesh.
Other hernia mesh failure side effects and complications include:
- Organ perforations
- Nerve damage
- Testicular Pain
- Sexual Intercourse Pain
- Leg and Groin Pain
- Bowel blockage
- Intestinal blockage
- Fistulas, or abnormal connections of tissues
- Shrinkage of mesh
- Autoimmune disorders
- Mesh migration
Talk to a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Lawyer
If you’ve suffered such injuries after receiving a hernia mesh implant, notify an experienced injury lawyer or attorney with The Willis Law Firm. Contact us today for a free legal consultation for your case. You may be due substantial payments, which can be gained by means of a hernia mesh lawsuit.
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