Why Is The Hernia Mesh Defective?

Any surgery has its inherent risks, whether or not the surgeon uses a hernia mesh.

In fact, the hernia mesh may actually be the ideal choice for many repairs, in terms of reducing the rate of recurrence and improving post-surgical recovery time (based on FDA reports). But every case is different. Any given patient's outcome depends on a variety of factors, such as the type of hernia itself, the surgeon's performance and experience and the patient's overall health.

Increased Risk Of Complications With Hernia Mesh

Even in those cases in which the hernia mesh is the ideal choice, its use may increase the patient's risk of a number of adverse complications, including:

  • Adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Chronic pain
  • Infection
  • Migration

The worst cases of infection, for example, may result in sepsis. This is a serious and life-threatening bacterial infection, especially when it involves what the Mayo Clinic calls "invasive devices," which put patients at higher risk.

Unfortunately, these complications generally appear to be from a poor choice in materials and design.

The Hernia Mesh May Degrade Over Time

The overarching problem with the hernia mesh seems to be its unpredictability. There is simply no telling how a patient's body will react to this medical device, nor is there a way to determine whether the hernia mesh will maintain its long-term integrity inside the body.

Symptoms of hernia mesh failure can occur at any time, from the days or weeks immediately following surgery to months or even years in the future.

  • One common problem is polypropylene. As per the National Institutes of Health, this plastic can degrade over time and is still used in the construction of many hernia mesh products. Polypropylene can be a major source of infection (which often requires more surgery).
  • Another common problem is adhesion to other areas of the body, such as the bowel, causing bowel obstruction and chronic pain.

Call A Hernia Mesh Lawyer Today

Our attorneys have recovered six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for many clients injured in a variety of circumstances. Our major focus has been working on cases involving defective and dangerous products that harm innocent consumers and patients.

If you've suffered chronic pain or any other complication following hernia repair surgery, call 248-557-1688. You may also contact us by email. We offer free consultations.

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