Many individuals in Alabama and elsewhere experience a hernia. There are different types of hernias, and they could arise due to lifting, bending or even having a c-section. When one develops a hernia, it will need to be treated and repaired. While many of these procedures go well, others are not successful. In other words, the individual suffers harms due to the hernia mesh used to repair the hernia.
Hernia mesh complications
The usage of hernia mesh to repair a hernia is considered standard treatment. Since 2000, most patients opted for this treatment to treat a hernia. However, in the past few decades, there was an increased usage of plastic meshes. Based on studies, there was a connection between these synthetic meshes and a higher failure rate of the mesh.
While a hernia mesh reduces the reoccurrence of a hernia, some experience a higher rate of a failed mesh. In fact, more than one-third of hernia surgeries result in complications. Infections and severe pain are two common side-effects experienced with hernia mesh complications.
Failed hernia mesh
While every surgical procedure has its risks and potential side-effects, there are certain symptoms one should look for when identifying a hernia mesh complication or failure. The most common symptom is pain and discomfort, which could also be linked to a skin rash occurring near the incision site.
Other signs and symptoms include bleeding and infection, bowel obstruction, erectile dysfunction, and hernia recurrence. When there is a high number of adverse events linked to hernia mesh, this is reported to the FDA. This in turn could result in a recall of the mesh due to marketing flaws or other defects that make it dangerous. Since 2014, the FDA has used safety updates the warn patients about adverse events as a means to reduce hernia mesh complications or failures.
It is not always clear when one is dealing with a complication from a surgery, as they could be difficult to identify. However, if a patient is dealing with issues following such a surgery, it is very possible that it is linked to the hernia mesh used in the procedure. Taking action following such an event, such as filing a medical malpractice suit or products liability action, will not only address the harms and damages suffered, but it could also create awareness of safety issues associated with the product. This could ultimately result in a recall of the product and the reduction of future harms to other patients.