The most common hernia mesh failure or complication symptom is pain. Other symptoms can vary depending on the complication or how the failure affects your body. An infection will likely cause a fever in addition to the pain. A surgical mesh failure with a hernia recurrence is often easy to spot because the bulge from the hernia returns along with swelling and discomfort.
Among the most dangerous complications related to hernia mesh is bowel perforation or obstruction. When this occurs, you may experience constipation, bloating, nausea, and vomiting in addition to severe pain.
Understanding Hernia Mesh Complications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tracks adverse events associated with all medical products on the market in the United States. According to the agency, the most common complications of hernia mesh include:
- Increased risk of infection
- Hernia recurrence
- Bowel obstruction and/or perforation
There is also the possibility that the mesh can fail because it migrates from the area or contracts. In both cases, the hernia may recur, in addition to problems caused by the mesh patch itself.
The FDA claims many of the most serious complications—including bowel perforation and obstruction—stem from issues with older surgical mesh products voluntarily recalled or otherwise removed from the market by manufacturers. However, new victims continue to report these complications, and some underwent hernia repair using newer products still on the market.
Do I Need Hernia Repair Revision Surgery?
Many patients who suffer mesh failures and serious complications after hernia repair surgery later require revision surgery. Your doctor can tell you if you require additional surgery, but this is likely if:
- Your hernia recurred
- You suffer bowel obstruction or perforation
- The mesh migrated or contracted
- The mesh failed
- You are in severe pain
This revision surgery can be much more invasive than your original procedure, and you may require significant recovery time.
Let Us Review Your Case Against the Mesh Manufacturer
If you suffered severe pain or other complications, or if you required revision surgery, the team from the Law Offices of Elrod, Ogle & Baril, PLLC will review your case for free. We may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of your mesh patch. You could be eligible to recover damages including:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Attorney’s fees
Call us today at 865-546-1111 to discuss your case with a member of our team. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit or pursue an out-of-court settlement in your case. We request your medical records and identify the manufacturer of the mesh patch you received. If there is a mass tort or multidistrict litigation based on the mesh used in your surgery, we can help you join.