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List of Common and Severe Hernia Mesh Complications
Suffering from any of these complications after mesh surgery? Did you see a doctor? Or more importantly, hernia mesh attorneys?
Having some form of 'complication' after surgery, like some mild pain or soreness, is actually quite common. When you are wronged during a surgical procedure like this, you may experience some more severe complications other than some very mild pain and tenderness. The manufacturers have misled the truth about their products primarily through misleading packaging. Listed below are four of the most common issues that patients could expect to see when they are suspecting hernia mesh complications:
Return of the Hernia
By far the most common surgical mesh complications, especially those in which a dangerous product is used, is recurrence (when the injury becomes re-injured). The causes are quite simple. Improper surgical techniques, shrinkage of the device, and movement or migration are the main reasons. Second and subsequent surgeries are more challenging and prone to failure.Intestinal and Dermal Complications
Sometimes the device may become lodged to a piece of the bowels, potentially clamping the intestines and causing a blockage in blood flow to the area. It is also possible for the product to erode through the wall of the intestine, leading to leakage of bowel contents.Nerve Damage
Moderate to severe pain that lingers after surgery could be a vital warning sign of what doctors call 'nerve entrapment'. This happens when the implant or the stitches holding the implant are in contact with sensitive nerves that cause the pain. Additional surgery is oftentimes necessary to release the nerve from the device.Infection
Although specifically designed and processed to be implanted, the human body recognizes the device as a foreign substance and reacts to it. This reaction, teamed with its inhibition of your natural defense mechanisms against germs, increase the probability of post-surgery infection in the surrounding tissues.Some infections can be treated with antibiotics but others require removal of the device and additional surgeries.
WARNING: Most Serious Hernia Mesh Complications
There are several reported complications of defective hernia mesh or the process. Among those, the most severe is life-threatening and the most common is the chronic pain which many patients do complain of. And all they require is an additional surgery or more to correct.
Here is a short list of the most serious hernia mesh complications.
Migration involves serious dangers with the device coming into contact with the intestines or gallbladder. Sometimes, the dislodged mesh makes harmful contact with internal organs that can result in what is commonly referred to as an in-growth. Basically, the implanted device starts to literally grow into the affected organ.
Studies involving hernia repair with mesh have shown that over 20% of patients that had this procedure done were required to undergo additional surgery to remove part of their bowel. This happened because the patients’ intestines adhered to the device implant. The FDA describes adhesion as “scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together.”
This happens when the device cuts off a section of the bowels of the patient. Symptoms of surgical mesh complications include nausea, vomiting and the inability to pass gas or stool. This is a potentially dangerous condition that needs immediate treatment. Left untreated, the obstruction can cut off blood flow, causing a portion of the intestine to die.