Having a hernia can impact your lifestyle, comfort and ability to perform daily tasks. Going through a surgical procedure to correct your hernia can bring relief if performed correctly and with quality components.
The use of surgical mesh to reinforce the intestines near your hernia is a rather common method. However, if you begin to note persistent pain following your surgery, it could indicate a worse problem.
About surgical mesh
Your surgeon may feel that surgical mesh will provide the optimal level of comfort for your situation. According to the Federal Drug Administration, hernia mesh combines animal tissue and synthetics to construct a mesh-like material.
Depending on the location of your hernia, fatty tissue or even parts of your intestines are uncomfortably forced through holes in the muscle lining. Non-absorbable or absorbable mesh is strategically placed to block any weak spots or holes and prevent your hernia from causing pain.
Mesh failure symptoms
If you feel ongoing discomfort following your hernia surgery, you may have symptoms of mesh failure. Despite ongoing efforts from the FDA to test and recall mesh lining that shows inconsistent results, adverse reactions can still happen. Mesh failure could cause your hernia to return, result in painful bulges or cause swelling near the surgery site. Symptoms of mesh failure include the following:
- Radiating pain
- Tugging sensation
- Bowel obstruction
If your surgeon used a recalled surgical mesh for your procedure, you may unfairly have to deal with the consequences including subsequent surgery to correct the problem. You may wish to pursue legal action to offset some of the stress of dealing with ongoing physical pain and limitations, and the financial strain of recurring medical issues.