According to Medical News Today, hernia repair surgeries are some of the most common types of medical procedures performed in the United States. At least 350,000 abdominal hernia repair surgeries take place each year, and hundreds of thousands more are performed on hernias in the groin, belly button, or upper diaphragm region. Because these procedures are so common, patients and family members might mistakenly believe that hernia surgeries are less likely to cause major side effects. Unfortunately, surgical complications can occur due to defective mesh, which is the product used to help repair damaged tissue. When hernia mesh issues occur, they can be extremely painful and may result in destructive complications.
If you or someone you love suffered complications from hernia mesh, make sure you know your legal options. If the defect was caused by some type of error or negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the liable party. To learn more about this, find out how defective mesh lawsuits work, who is responsible for injuries, and discover how to seek justice for your injury.
When an organ or some other type of internal tissue breaks through the muscle, the resulting damage is referred to as a hernia. Hernias can be extremely painful, especially if the perforated muscle is particularly large. Hernias can be repaired in several different ways, but one of the most common options is a hernioplasty, a type of surgery involving the use of surgical mesh.
With a hernioplasty, the surgeon uses surgical mesh to lend support to the damaged muscle, rather than just stitching it closed. Depending on the type of mesh used, it could be made up of absorbable or non-absorbable materials, and they could be natural or synthetic. For example, many mesh products are made of sterilized pig or cow intestines.
Hernia mesh surgeries can go wrong for any number of reasons, but in many cases, the issue lies with the medical product itself. For example, the mesh may shrink, causing damage to nearby tissues. Or, the mesh could be improperly sterilized, which could make it ineffective or could cause an infection. In any of these situations, the hernia could reoccur, or additional health problems may arise.
Symptoms of defective hernia mesh include:
There are several surgical mesh manufacturers who have had to remove their products from the market due to an extremely high percentage of failed mesh surgeries. When a mesh product is ineffective, poorly designed, badly constructed, or hazardous in any way, the product manufacturer could be liable for the resulting damage.
Several companies have already faced legal backlash for their dangerous products. A few well-known dangerous hernia mesh products include:
Hernia mesh complications can be extremely painful and can cause additional damage to your organs and surrounding muscle. In some cases, mesh complications require additional surgeries either to remove the mesh or reconstruct the mesh repair. If you or someone you love was the victim of defective mesh, make sure you act quickly and take legal action. Damages for these types of issues can include medical bills, future medical care, loss of wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Contact Klein Frank, P.C. to discuss your case with our Boulder personal injury attorneys.