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Signs that something has gone wrong with your hernia mesh

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Injuries |

In many cases, surgeons utilize hernia mesh during hernia surgery to strengthen the area surrounding the affected organ.

Although the mesh typically functions as intended, in some instances it causes serious complications.

Why is hernia mesh used?

Hernias occur when a portion of an organ extends through an opening in the muscle or tissue keeping it in its intended spot. Doctors utilize surgical mesh during hernia surgery to strengthen the opening around the organ protrusion. The tissue grows and combines with the material added.

What are the symptoms of hernia mesh failure?

Complications from hernia mesh include bowel obstruction or perforation, infection, rejection, adhesion and migration. Maladies documented after hernia surgery are pain,  hernia recurrence and failure of the mesh. These issues occur both immediately following surgery or for years afterward. Specific symptoms include:

  • Hernia recurrence
  • Infection with fever
  • Pain
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Mesh rejection
  • Mesh migration

What should you do if you have signs of mesh failure?

Contact your physician immediately if you believe your mesh is failing. Your doctor may need to correct the malfunction by surgically extracting the material and closing the protrusion hole. A second hernia repair surgery could be necessary. These are more troublesome to perform since damaged or scar tissue is often present. You could also require medication to combat infection and other complications.

Though hernia mesh is often successful in repairing patients’ painful issues, there are times when they fail. Be sure to note the symptoms of malfunction and contact your physician immediately to discuss the next steps.