A hernia is one of the most common health problems found in adults, both men and women. It happens when part of an organ or lump of tissues protrude through any of the weak spots in the muscles or connective tissue of the abdominal or intestinal pelvic region.
Over 90% of the hernia repair surgeries in the United States involve hernia mesh. More than one million hernia mesh surgeries are performed every year in the U.S. But this popular medical device has been linked with many hernia meshcomplications. Some of these have been life threatening as well. Nevertheless, all the mesh complications has been linked with some form of major difficulty and caused a considerable change in the lifestyle.
Why need the meshes?
The primary idea of the hernia mesh surgery is to strengthen the damaged or torn tissues. The woven fibers of the mesh are made either from a sheet of synthetic material or from animal tissues. These meshes are placed across the damaged tissues which are attached with staples, stitches or glue.
The primary reason for using hernia mesh is to reduce the risk of its relapse. But even with the use of the mesh, there has been no guarantee that hernias will not return after the repair surgery although it leads to fewer hernia recurrences than when done with the traditional process. Patients should discuss with their surgeon about the best alternatives for the repair to avoid hernia mesh complications.
Understanding the complications
As said, even though the meshes were called to be a safer alternative than the existing procedure, it was reported to have plenty of issues associated with it. With any sign of such complications, the patient should be taken in for medical attention immediately. Generally, the complications need a revision surgery and the following are most commonly reported side effects of mesh implant:
- · Relapse of hernia: Do you know which the most commonly reported problem of hernia operations is? It is the recurrence of hernia. What causes it is wrongly performed surgical technique, migration of the broken mesh particles or shrinkage of the mesh.
- · Inflammation: Polypropylene is most typically used for making the hernia repair meshes but it has been known to cause inflammation. Although it helps in promoting tissue growth, most of the time, the inflammation persists for a long time leading to infections. Hernia mesh inflammation can make everyday life unnecessarily painful.
- · Difficulty in healing: A defected hernia mesh can prevent healing at the operated site, which is unfortunately one of the most overlooked hernia mesh complications. It eventually forms a seroma that is a build-up fluid which prevents the region from healing.
- · Mesh rejection: Some bodies might reject the mesh as a foreign object and its immune system might not let it accept in to stay inside the body. This also causes complications.
- · Mesh adhesion: The FDA defined the adhesions as “scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together.” It can only be understood with the sign of chronic pain. But it can sometimes even lead to highlycomplicated conditions by obstructing the bowels.
- · Bowel perforation: When a defective hernia mesh punctures into the bowel, perforate other organs in the abdomen, it can lead to plenty of complications. Being one of the major mesh complications it lets the fecal matter pass into the abdominal cavity causing peritonitis. It can even lead to sepsis which is a fatal blood infection.
Patients who suffered from the above mentioned complications including mesh failure, bacterial infection, bowel perforation, bowel obstructions and other sorts of pain and suffering might be entitled to compensation. There are firms which have experienced personal attorneys to help the victims in filing these complex medical cases and securing settlements.