Can I Sue for Hernia Mesh? The Answer May Surpise You
Hernia mesh surgery is typically performed in order to close up a surgical site once doctors have finished operating on an individual that had developed a hernia and its attendant complications. Hernia mesh is also used in surgeries such as vaginal wall reconstruction, the support of prolapsed organs as well as pelvic wall support. Hernia mesh lawsuits have been raging across the country over the last couple of years due to the high failure rates associated with these devices, which have been shown to cause permanent health complications and even death.
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Hernia Surgery – Why Do I Need It?
Hernias aren’t like other health issues: they do not heal on their own, and more often than not, become worse with time. Doctors frequently recommend surgery especially if tissue is trapped in the abdominal wall, causing pain. Hernia mesh surgery involves placing a mesh-like substance that is inserted in-between abdominal muscle in order to stabilize a hernia and stop it from protruding, thereby giving the muscles and surrounding tissue time to heal so that the hernia can retract back into the body.
Hernia Surgery – When Will I Recover?
Hernia mesh surgery is one of the most common procedures, and surgery prognosis is usually very favorable, with about 50 percent of patients resuming normalcy after just week after the operation, and about 95 percent making complete recovery in about 4 to 6 weeks. Soreness is one of the most common complaints when it comes to hernia mesh surgery, but it’s not uncommon to experience complications, particularly due to the fact that there are so many defective hernia mesh brands in the market currently.
Here are some of the warning signs that indicate a defective hernia mesh after surgery:
- Unrelenting and excruciating abdominal pain
- Fever and night sweats
- Bacterial infections at surgery site
- Unusual swelling that doesn’t seem to go away
- Fistula and bowel obstruction
- Recurrence of the hernia
- Dental problems appearing out of the blue
- Chronic diarrhea
Complications arising out of defective hernia mesh surgery include:
- Intestinal adhesion
- Bowel obstruction
- Cancer arising out of infected mesh
- Mesh contraction
- Mesh migration
- Organ or bowel perforation
- Mesh rejection
Hernia Mesh Devices – How Do They Work?
Hernia mesh products look like typical fishing nets with smaller holes that are used to support tissue by strengthening or reinforcing the tissue surrounding it. Over time, new tissue grows over the mesh, and in some cases, the mesh is absorbed by the body after it’s done its work. These absorbable hernia meshes are typically made from animal tissue which is able to break down and metabolized by the body without causing any complications, making them a much safer option.
Permanent Hernia Mesh – Why Are They Unsafe?
Permanent hernia meshes, however, do not dissolve and stay in your body indefinitely in order to offer continuous support to your muscles in the abdominal area. Permanent hair mesh has been the subject of lawsuits in the form of mass tort and class action suits due to the complications inherent in having one installed in the human body. In addition, the FDA has issued recall notices for these permanent hernia meshes especially from particular brands.
It is claimed that the polypropylene used in the manufacture of permanent hernia mesh devices may cause tissue erosion which eventually leads to internal bleeding, necessitating more surgery to correct the issue.
Hernia Mesh Surgery – How Is It Done?
Hernia surgery is usually done laparoscopically where the surgeons inserts a small device with a camera attached to the end of it as well as the hernia mesh itself through a small incision in the abdominal wall, negating the need for invasive surgery.
However, in some cases, open surgery may be needed to first correct the weakened muscle tissue via the use of sutures followed by insertion of the hernia mesh. This is the go-to procedure when operating on newborns that have groin hernias, or those whose hernias have gone on to form complications such as strangulation or infection.
Some of the common types of hernia meshes that were recalled include:
- Johnson & Johnson Ethicon hernia mesh
- C-Qur Mesh by Atrium Medical Corp
- LifeCell Strattice Tissue Matrix
The History of Hernia Mesh Devices – 2000 to Present
Hernia meshes were introduced into the market starting in 2000. In 2010, the FDA approved the Ethicon Physiomesh for sale, and then just two years later, the government agency issued a warning letter warning about the use of C-Qur Mesh after investigations showed it was potentially unsafe. 2015 saw the FDA issue a permanent injunction against the manufacturers of C-Qur mesh, and Ethicon followed up a year later with a voluntary recall of its products following evidence illustrating the fact that they could be defective.
Experienced Defective Hernia Mesh Attorneys – Call Us Today!
If you were harmed by a defective mesh or developed complications soon after hernia mesh surgery, we empathize with you given the severity of some of these complications as well as the tedious and traumatic nature of the surgeries. We’d therefore like to ask that you hold the makers of these products accountable for their manufacturing defective products by filing a hernia mesh lawsuit in order to send a message, help others become aware of this problem, as well as recover money damages that will go a long way in helping pay for the cost of past and future medical attention, lost wages if you had to take time off work to heal, loss of wage earning capacity if you lost your job and could no longer work due to hernia mesh complications, legal fees, loss of consortium and so much more. Please call our friendly and experienced hernia mesh attorneys NOW at (773) 823-0298 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. Thanks so much, and we look forward to helping you get the justice and compensation you truly deserve.