Relatively common, hernias can run the gamut from large and painful to small and virtually unnoticeable. In fact, I noticed a (thankfully painless) hernia above my belly button after having my daughter via c-section. Not all hernias are painless, however, and people often opt for surgery to correct a painful or complicated hernia.
Usually, surgery fixes the problem, but sometimes hernia repair surgery can lead to more pain, complications, and even additional surgeries. When surgeons opt to use hernia mesh, problems can arise.
According to Cleveland Clinic, “A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through the wall of muscle or tissue that normally contains it.” Hernia mesh is a medical device that is used to help reinforce weakened tissue when repairing a hernia.
Surgeons often place hernia mesh when repairing a hernia in an attempt to prevent the hernia from recurring. This can be effective because it provides more support than muscle or tissue. Different types of hernia mesh include:
While mesh can help hernia surgeries be more successful and can help prevent hernia recurrence, it’s not foolproof and can even be dangerous.
While hernia surgeries that use mesh typically give longer-lasting results than those that don’t use mesh, there can be complications and risks. According to the FDA, “The most common adverse following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction.” If you believe you are experiencing complications due to hernia mesh, it’s important you talk to your doctor immediately, as some complications can be life-threatening.
The following are some of the potential problems with hernia mesh:
Additionally, there have been multiple recalls of hernia mesh. Many of the above complications are due to recalled mesh products. According to The New Yorker, this may be due to a lack of adequate clinical testing before the mesh products are made available to hospitals and used by doctors. The FDA also found that the majority of complications involving obstruction and bowel perforation were reported with recalled hernia mesh.
Once you’ve recovered from your hernia mesh surgery, you should not experience pain, inflammation, or other complications. A successful surgery should leave you feeling better and free from the initial symptoms of your hernia. If you do experience any of the below symptoms, it could be a sign something is wrong:
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and believe you have been harmed by hernia mesh, it’s important to talk to your doctor first and foremost. He or she can help determine if the problem is caused by your hernia mesh and develop a plan to solve the problem.
If you or a loved one have been injured by hernia mesh there are lawyers specialized in this field that can help you seek compensation and justice. Additionally, hernia mesh attorneys can help you navigate the legal process after a hernia mesh injury.
As of March 2020, over 17,000 people have filed lawsuits due to problems with their hernia mesh. If you believe you have been harmed by Hernia Mesh you may be able to file a hernia mesh lawsuit; and an experienced attorney can help you through the process.
There are currently several multidistrict litigations (MDL) for hernia mesh, and you can join the thousands of others who are seeking justice for their injuries. Current MDLs are pending against Bard Davol, Atrium, and Ethicon—three companies that manufactured dangerous hernia mesh. Individual suits are also being filed against other companies, so regardless of the company that made your hernia mesh, you can seek justice.
We are here to help you and loved ones advocate for justice. Feel free to send us any questions you might have, either about an injury or the process for pursuing justice so we can help you exercise your rights.