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Dangers Associated with Hernia Mesh

Klein Frank, P.C.

Dealing with a hernia can be extremely painful, but sometimes the results of a defective hernia mesh surgery can be even worse. A hernia may develop when the body’s internal organs break through broken or torn areas of the muscle walls or connective tissue. Hernias typically occur in the abdominal region, but can also appear in the groin. If you suffer from a hernia, your doctor will likely suggest a hernia mesh surgery to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, there have been multiple issues connected to hernia surgeries involving defective surgical techniques and defective mesh products. If you suffered some complication after a hernia surgery involving hernia mesh, make sure you know the potential risks and warning signs.

About Hernia Mesh

Hernia mesh is used to repair weak muscles or connective tissues where the organs have somehow pushed through, causing a hernia. The mesh can be applied to the affected area surgically, sometimes laparoscopically, which is less invasive, or through an open repair. Hernias often reoccur, so the hernia mesh is used to reinforce the weakened area, supporting the muscles as they strengthen and repair.

There are many different types of surgical mesh products used to repair hernias. Most commonly, hernia mesh products are made of a synthetic material, but they can also be constructed from animal tissue. Hernia mesh made from animal tissue is often derived from the organs or skin after they’ve been extensively cleaned. This type of mesh is absorbable and therefore causes less of a risk. Synthetic mesh, however, is usually not absorbable and can lead to serious complications.

Potential Side Effects

According to the FDA, the most common side effects of hernia repair surgery complications involving mesh are:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia reoccurrence
  • Adhesion of tissues near the surgical site
  • Blockage of the large or small intestine
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage

Some mesh products have been recalled because of these negative effects, which can occur when the mesh is improperly applied or if the mesh is defective. In some cases, mesh products have even caused bowel perforation and obstruction complications, where the large or small intestines somehow become blocked by the migrated mesh.

Symptoms of Defective Hernia Mesh

If you have been harmed by a defective hernia mesh product, there are a few warning signs and symptoms to look for. While some discomfort and pain immediately after surgery is normal, if you are still in pain longer than your doctor told you that you should be, it could be a symptom of an adverse reaction. You might also get an infection, which could cause swelling, redness, and heat near the surgical site, and you might develop a fever or nausea. Any other abnormal pains, bowel issues, or hernia reoccurrence could all indicate serious side-effects of defective hernia mesh.

Individuals who have suffered from defective hernia mesh products could suffer extreme discomfort, pain, and may have to go through a corrective surgery to remove the defective mesh and correct the hernia. If you or someone you love has dealt with a defective surgical mesh issue, our experienced personal injury lawyers want to help.

Contact Klein Frank, P.C. today to discuss your case with our Boulder personal injury lawyers.