Hernia: Legal Definition

A hernia occurs when an organ, tissue, or part of an intestine manages to get through a weak area of a muscle wall or connective tissue. Hernias look like a small bulge at first. But, the bulge can get larger over time when the surrounding muscle or tissue becomes weaker.

A hernia can cause pain and complications that may require surgery to treat the problems. A medical device called surgical mesh, is commonly used in surgery for hernia repair. The mesh provides additional support to the repaired hernia.

Causes of Hernias

There are a variety of reasons why hernias develop. Some hernias are congenital, meaning they develop at birth, while others are brought on by certain activities that increase muscle or tissue weakness.

For instance, sudden weight gain or pregnancy can put pressure on the abdominal area and cause a hernia. Lifting heavy objects and even straining during constipation over a period of time can cause a hernia.

Types of Hernias

Hernias can develop in the abdominal area, groin, and other parts of the body. A ventral hernia, for instance, develops when abdominal tissue or a portion of the intestines squeezes through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.

Other types of hernias include:

  • Inguinal: in the groin
  • Femoral: at the top of the inner thigh
  • Hiatal: the upper part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and into the chest
  • Incisional: at the site of previous abdominal surgery
  • Umbilical: near the navel area

Small hernias may cause discomfort but may not require surgery. Surgery may be necessary for a larger and more painful hernia.

Hernia Treatment

The only treatment for hernia repair is surgery, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Surgical mesh is used in many hernia repair surgeries.

Unfortunately, when surgical mesh fails or is defective, the medical device can cause serious complications and side effects such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Chronic pain
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Mesh adhesion to internal organs
  • Mesh migration
  • Bowel perforation

Some patients undergo another surgery to remove the hernia mesh.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Medical device manufacturers are facing thousands of lawsuits over failed or defective hernia mesh devices.

Hernia mesh implant patients are seeking medical expenses, revision surgery costs, pain and suffering, and other damages due to complications from a defective hernia mesh.

Call Us If Your Surgical Mesh Failed

If you are experiencing complications following a hernia repair surgery using hernia mesh, contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC

Our hernia mesh complications lawsuit lawyers can discuss legal options available to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the failed surgical mesh.

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us unless we win compensation on your behalf.

For a free case review, call 865-546-1111.