Hernia Mesh Implants

Hernia Mesh Injuries and Complications

hernia mesh implantHernia Mesh implants are failing at unacceptably high rates. Manufacturers of these implants have been promoting the use of hernia mesh to treat smaller hernias that can often be repaired better and safer with sutures. Studies have shown that when these implants are used to repair smaller hernias through laparoscopic procedures, the risks can be severe. The defective design of certain hernia mesh implants places patients at a significantly increased risk for infection. Read more about the defective design of these implants HERE. For many patients, the increased risk of infection associated with these implants does not outweigh the benefits of having the surgery done with sutures or a different type of mesh product that is better designed to prevent these types of injuries.

In addition to serious infection, hernia mesh implants can migrate or shrink, which can result in:

  • bowel perforation
  • organ damage
  • adhesion (the mesh becomes embedded in the bowel) and resultant obstruction
  • nerve damage
  • sexual dysfunction (when the hernia repair involves the spermatic cord)
  • neurological changes
  • renal failure (when the coating is absorbed into the bloodstream)
  • liver injury
  • joint pain
  • autoimmune disorders

If you or a loved one have a hernia mesh implant and are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you could have a hernia mesh-related injury:

  • unusual pain in the abdomen, legs, groin, testicles and/or joints
  • diarrhea or constipation (due to bowel obstruction)
  • pain during sex
  • nausea
  • frequent headaches
  • fever
  • excessive, unusual sweating

 

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