Bowel Perforation: Legal Definition

Bowel perforation is a hole or puncture in the intestinal wall. An opening in the bowel can occur because of various reasons, including failure of an implanted surgical mesh. When surgical mesh fails, the device can erode into the intestine. This condition can trigger a chain reaction of problems.

Bowel Perforation Complications

The hole created in the intestinal wall by the mesh allows the contents of the intestine—which includes food and fecal matter—to move into the abdominal area.

The contents of the intestine can lead to peritonitis, a bacterial infection. Peritonitis can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening illness caused by the body’s extreme response to infection.

Bowel Perforation Symptoms

Bowel perforation symptoms can come on suddenly or gradually. Although the symptoms vary, more severe symptoms may occur if contents within the intestines spread beyond the abdominal area.

Bowel perforation should be treated immediately because the condition can cause serious, life-threatening complications.

More common symptoms of bowel perforation include: 

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Chills and/or fever
  • Nausea and vomiting

Bowel perforation is a potential complication from a failed hernia mesh.

Hernia Mesh Complications

One type of surgical mesh that can cause a variety of serious complications for patients is a mesh used for hernia repair. A hernia mesh failure can also cause bowel perforation and bowel obstruction.

Bowel obstruction occurs when the mesh sticks to the intestines. Bowel obstruction is a dangerous condition needing emergency medical treatment, which may involve removing a portion of the intestine.

Other common complications hernia mesh can cause include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bleeding
  • Chronic pain
  • Fistula formation
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Mesh exposure
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage
  • Seroma (fluid buildup at the surgical site)

Depending on the severity of the complications, some patients may require revision surgery to remove the mesh.

The FDA and Surgical Mesh Complications

Medical device manufacturers have recalled certain types of surgical mesh used for hernia repair in recent years.

In an analysis of its adverse event reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found recalled hernia mesh products were the main reason for bowel obstruction and bowel perforation complications.

While recalled hernia mesh may have caused complications in the past, hernia mesh implant patients continue to file adverse event reports with the FDA over complications from defective mesh products.

Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC

If you suffered a bowel perforation following surgery that involved hernia mesh, contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC.

We handle cases nationwide involving surgical mesh. Our legal team can discuss the best options for you to recover compensation for your medical expenses, revision surgery costs, and other financial losses you may have sustained because of surgical mesh complications.

Our hernia mesh complications lawsuit lawyers work on a contingency fee basis which means you do not pay us unless we win compensation on your behalf.

Call us today at 865-546-1111 for a free, no-obligation consultation.