Hernia Mesh Repairs Failing at an Alarming Rate
If you’ve had a hernia mesh repair, your health may be at risk.
While these types of surgeries are intended to help patients recover from serious health issues, they often result in dangerous complications that can threaten the lives of those affected.
When hernia repair surgeries go wrong, it often results in serious complications and invasive surgical procedures to correct the damage. The reality is that hernia mesh products have been failing at an alarming rate.
Some are even eroding or becoming displaced, causing severe damage to surrounding organs and tissue.
Signs of mesh failure may include the following:
- Chronic Pain
- Recurrence of hernia
- Severe Infection
- Nausea or vomiting
- Revision surgery
- Allergic reaction
- Excessive and chronic inflammation
- Improper wound healing
- Intestinal complications
- Internal scar tissues
- Organ obstruction
- Dense adhesions
- Bowel entrapment / obstruction
- Mesh rupture
- Extrusion/wound dehiscence
- Tissue damage and/or death
- Nerve damage
- Seroma formation
- Granulomatous response
- Fistula formation
- Adhesions to internal organs
- Inadequate or failure of incorporation/ingrowth
- Foreign body response
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, or if you have undergone surgery to repair a failed hernia mesh, please Contact Us Now
You May Be Eligible for a Large Cash Payment
Zabriskie Law Firm is currently investigating the complications that can affect patients whose hernia was treated with a mesh prosthetic.
Hernia repair surgeries are supposed to improve the quality of a patient’s life, but when the worst happens you may need to turn to experienced legal representation to secure compensation to cover the costs of your medical bills and other damages.
If you or a loved one suffered from this issue, our medical device lawyers at Zabriskie Law Firm are prepared to fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
If you are interested in speaking with a member of our firm, give us a call at 801.955.9500, or click here to Contact Us Now.
With 1,000,000 Mesh Surgeries Annually, You May Be Eligible?
More than 1 Million mesh hernia surgeries are performed in the US, and a staggering 90% of them use a synthetic mesh implant.
You have the right to pursue legal recourse if you or a loved one had a hernia operation prior to May 26, 2016, and a bad mesh was used. When you sustain injuries as a result of a defective medical device, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries, which could cover medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs that could arise due to your injuries.
How Do I Know If My Mesh is Failing?
Unfortunately, several types of mesh products have been proven faulty. If you are unsure of what mesh type was used for your hernia repair surgery, you can find out by obtaining your medical records, or you may ask your surgeon. Remember that doctors are not obligated to notify you if a potentially dangerous product was used during your operation, so be sure to take an active role in your health and find out.
Soda Bottle Mesh… Really?
There are various types of hernia mesh; some are made to remain permanently inside the body, while others are made to eventually be absorbed by the body. Some are biologic, meaning they are made with live tissue, while others are synthetic.
The majority of meshes are made up of plastic fibers woven together… the same plastic used in soda bottles.
Some hernia meshes are heavily synthetic and designed to support the surrounding tissue after a hernia repair surgery. These mesh products were first cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April of 2010 only to be withdrawn from the market in May of 2016 after medical professionals expressed concern over results from a clinical trial.
The trial was intended to compare two mesh / fixation concepts for Laparoscopic Ventral and Incisional Hernia Repair, but researchers found that the product showed inadequate tissue ingrowth, was too weak to prevent recurrence due to small filaments and large pores forming abnormal adhesions, researchers chose to terminate the trial early due to these concerns.
Poly Meshes Proven Defective
Other hernia mesh products are made from polypropylene and are used to repair hernias and reinforce weaknesses within the abdominal wall. These products are said to have been defectively designed due to their inability to properly attach to the abdominal wall, which can cause serious complications for the patient.
Major manufactures of this mesh voluntarily withdrew their Flexible Composite Mesh products from the U.S. market in May of 2017 after multiple studies revealed a high rate of complications. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved these devices in 2010, when a manufacturer used the FDA 510(k) approval program to fast-track its progress and skip the pre-market research and studies process.
Something Smells Fishy
Another type of Mesh is constructed using synthetic fish oil and is designed for use in fascial surgical intervention procedures that require reinforcement with supportive material that is non-absorbable, like surgical or traumatic wounds, chest wall reconstruction and hernia repair.
It was first approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March of 2006. This mesh uses Omega 3 fatty acid gel coating derived from fish oil intended to minimize or prevent inflammation and allow effective adhesion of the mesh into the body.
Unfortunately for patients who underwent hernia repair surgery using this product, the Omega 3 coating actually prevents the adequate incorporation of this mesh into the body and causes a chronic inflammatory response and other dangerous complications.
It Can’t Get Any Worse Can It?
Actually… it can.
Hernias can expand with the mesh. The mesh can migrate through your tissue causing internal injury and damage to other organs. Your hernia might become incarcerated.
Incarceration means that the hernia and mesh contents move and become trapped in the abdominal wall’s weak point, possibly leading to bowel obstructions, severe pain, nausea, and vomiting.
Doctors can misdiagnose the problem and give you antibiotics, but will not fix the problem. Bad mesh just needs to be removed.
Having a legal team that knows how to fight big medical manufacturing companies and help you get the compensation you need to pay for medical expenses, can mean the difference between living in pain, and living with the knowledge that your health is in good hands.
Contact us today to discuss your situation and begin planning your best course of action.