Weird Al Yankovic’s parody song entitled “Living With a Hernia” describes hernia agonies in amusing detail. However, there is nothing funny about having a hernia, as you know. When you and other Alabama residents seek treatment for a hernia, repairing the breach with surgical mesh is a likely suggestion. It can help to understand the potential risks before undergoing surgery.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, surgical mesh is one of the most common treatments for hernias in the United States. The mesh is commonly used to reinforce the hole or weak spot in your muscle or connective tissue that compromises the nearby organs or intestines. You can think of the procedure as strengthening the weakness with an extra layer of material that holds everything together, rather than relying on stitches alone to repair the hernia. Medical professionals say that using surgical mesh in hernia repairs can minimize your recovery time and improve your overall outcome.
However, some hernia mesh procedures have ultimately failed, resulting in such adverse effects as mesh migration or shrinkage, infection, scar adhesion, bowel obstruction, pain and hernia recurrence. The FDA assures that mesh products known to be problematic have been recalled. If you’ve had previous hernia surgery involving hernia mesh, you may have one of the faulty products without knowing it, or you could develop problems down the line.
It can help to check for recalls if you have hernia mesh and are concerned about developing adverse effects. You may also want to speak with your doctor, whether you currently have implanted surgical mesh or you are facing surgery.