If you have developed a hernia that is causing you pain and discomfort, your doctor will more than likely want you to undergo surgery. Hernias do not go away on their own. So, surgery may be your only option for relief.
Your doctor may speak with you about using surgical mesh in the hernia repair. The mesh is a medical device intended to strengthen the repair and reduce the chances of a hernia returning.
While medical studies cite advantages for using hernia mesh, patients can experience life-threatening injuries when the hernia mesh fails.
The mesh can fall apart weeks, months, and even years after surgery. In this instance, the health condition of a hernia mesh implant patient may become worse than it was before the initial surgery.
Signs of Hernia Mesh Failure
It is common for patients to experience pain after any type of surgery. Generally, the pain subsides at some point during recovery. However, an increase in pain may indicate a potential problem.
When a hernia mesh implant patient experiences debilitating pain and other complications, this usually indicates hernia mesh failure.
Hernia mesh implant patients have reported experiencing symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic pain
- Fistula formation
- Inflammation near the incision site
- Persistent fever
Symptoms like chills and nausea can easily be dismissed as signs of a flu or a bad cold. However, hernia mesh implant patients should talk to their surgeons about these symptoms–even if it has been years since the initial hernia mesh repair.
Complications from Hernia Mesh Failure
While the symptoms may indicate hernia mesh failure, imaging tests and x-rays can confirm that the mesh has fallen apart.
An article published in the journal Annals of Gastroenterology cited a case study in which a patient had hernia mesh repair surgery in 1996. Over time, the patient experienced pain and other complications which lead to the patient having to undergo various tests.
In 2010, a colonoscopy showed that the hernia mesh had eroded and part of the device had migrated into the first portion of the patient’s large intestine.
The case study is just one of many examples that show how hernia mesh failure can occur years after surgery.
Some of the complications that hernia mesh patients can watch out for over time include:
- Debilitating pain
- Mesh infection
- Mesh adhesion to surrounding organs and tissues
- Bowel obstruction
- Bowel perforation
- Fistula formation
- Tissue damage
Many problems reported to doctors, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involve mesh that has detached itself from its original implant site and migrated to different parts of the body.
Recall of Hernia Mesh Devices
According to the FDA, many of the complications implant patients have experienced came from surgical mesh that had been recalled by medical device manufacturers.
After reviewing medical literature and its adverse event reports, the FDA found that recalled mesh was the leading cause of bowel perforation and obstruction.
Although several hernia mesh recalls have taken place in recent years, patients still experience problems with medical devices currently on the market.
Patients Taking Legal Action
Lawsuits filed by hernia mesh implant patients, citing personal injury and product liability , are increasing in state and federal courts nationwide.
Generally, the lawsuits contend that the hernia mesh products have manufacturing and design defects that cause serious harm to implant patients.
Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for such damages as:
- Medical expenses, including revision surgery to remove the failed hernia mesh.
- Lost wages as a result of having to take off of work before and after surgery.
- Pain and suffering associated with the physical, mental, and emotional pain caused by the failed mesh.
In many cases, plaintiffs who have filed complaints have experienced mesh failure shortly after their surgery. However, people whose symptoms appeared years after hernia repair surgery should contact a lawyer for advice before taking legal action.
Statute of Limitations Apply in Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
States establish deadlines, called Statute of Limitations, for filing lawsuits. For example, if a statutory deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit is one year, a hernia mesh implant patient who experiences complications from a surgery performed five years ago, may be ineligible to file a lawsuit.
However, if the patient recently discovered that the complications are a result of failed hernia mesh, the statute of limitations’ one-year deadline may be extended.
Individuals who are experiencing complications should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to avoid losing out on an opportunity to file a lawsuit.
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If you are suffering complications from a defective hernia mesh, the OEB Law, PLLC can help you. Our lawyers can show you what you should do if you have hernia mesh problems years later and what you need to know before filing a hernia mesh lawsuit .
You may be able to file a lawsuit or join ongoing litigation.
To learn more, call us today at 865-546-1111 to schedule a free case evaluation.