Complications After Hernia Surgery where Hernia Mesh Was used?

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In the past, you may have developed a weak spot or tear called a hernia in the wall of your abdomen which your surgeon fixed using an implant known as hernia mesh. Hernia mesh can be made using either synthetic material or animal tissue, both of which provide supplemental support for the weakened or damaged tissue. They keep the abdominal organs, intestines, and tissue in place and significantly decrease the possibility of your hernia and its painful symptoms returning. The use of hernia mesh strengthens the repair area and is considered a marked improvement over the traditional method of repair in which torn tissue is repaired directly, but unfortunately, not all surgical mesh products are created equal. Some have led to complications and side effects including severe pain, hernia recurrence, bowel obstructions and adhesions, and infections. If this has happened to you, then you need compassionate legal representation to get you the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain and suffering.

Hernia Mesh Materials

When the mesh device is made using animal tissue, the product is specifically intended to provide a temporary support structure around which new tissue will form. The material is not permanent: it degrades over time. By contrast, synthetic mesh is a permanent product that is meant to provide reinforcement to the weakened tissue. Whether a physician uses synthetic or animal-derived hernia mesh, the surgery is called a hernioplasty, and in the last forty years, it has become the gold standard for hernia repair, used in over 90 percent of procedures. Most surgeons use synthetic hernia mesh and a minimally invasive technique known as laparoscopy that uses small incisions. They insert the mesh over the weakened or torn tissue and use sutures or glue to hold the device in place. The mesh design allows the patient’s tissue to bond with the product for life.

FDA Recalls of Hernia Mesh Products

Though hernia repairs are extremely common and are generally successful, over the years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received reports of adverse events involving the use of hernia mesh, and this has led to recalls of several specific devices. The recalled hernia mesh devices have been linked to perforations of the bowel and intestinal obstructions. Both of these complications can be extremely painful and are considered medical emergencies. When perforation is left untreated it can lead to a fatal infection of the blood stream. These complications can arise as long as five years after the surgical procedure.

Symptoms of Hernia Mesh Complications

If you have had a hernia repair performed using hernia mesh, you need to be aware of the symptoms of complications so that you can act quickly if they appear.

  • Severe Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Rigidity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to pass gas or stools
  • Fever

These symptoms are indications of a potentially life-threatening complication and require immediate emergency medical attention. You should make sure that the emergency room staff is aware that you have had an implant using hernia mesh.

Treatment for Hernia Mesh Complications

In most cases, a patient suffering complications as a result of a hernia mesh defect will need to undergo revision surgery for its removal, though a partial obstruction may be resolved non-surgically using a stent to force the colon open. If you have needed to undergo these additional procedures as a result of the negligence of the hernia mesh manufacturer, then you may be eligible for compensation.

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Hernia Mesh Recalls

There are many different hernia mesh products in use, but the FDA has announced recalls for poor performance or adverse events for those manufactured by these three companies:

  • Atrium Medical Corporation (C-QUR Surgical Mesh
  • Ethicon (Physiomesh and Proceed)
  • Bard Davol (Kugel Hernia Patch)

If your hernia repair surgery was performed using one of these mesh products and you suffered pain, required additional surgeries or other complications, then you need the help of an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can take on the pharmaceutical companies to get you the justice you deserve. Contact the attorneys at Danziger & De Llano today.

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