Dangers of Hernia Mesh

The attorneys at Fleming, Nolen & Jez are currently investigating the complications that can affect patients whose hernia was treated with a mesh prosthetic.

The image is of a staph infection common with hernia mesh complications.

90% of these surgeries use a mesh prosthetic.

A surgical consultation might be requested.

Inguinal – occurs in the inner groin and is the most common.
Femoral – occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin.
Incisional – occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen.
Ventral – occurs in the general abdominal/ventral wall.
Umbilical – occurs at the belly button.
Hiatal – occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm.

Open - incision is made near the site, the hernia is repaired with mesh or by suturing the muscle closed.

Laparoscopic - hernia is repaired by mesh or sutures inserted through instruments placed into small incisions into the abdomen.

A small hernia should not need mesh, these can be repaired with sutures.

After a hernia repair, what symptoms should you watch for?

Mesh is made out the same plastic used in soda bottles.

Certain hernia mesh products have been associated with increased rates of complications and the majority are synthetic.

There are various types of hernia mesh; some are made to remain permanently inside the body, while others are made to eventually be absorbed by the body.

Polypropylene is the same material that is used to make many types of pelvic mesh and bladder slings, those same products were involved in a massive lawsuit.

Just like these crates, the material is not designed for use in implantation in the human body or contact with internal body fluids or tissues according to the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

May 2016, Ethicon issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice, asking hospitals and physicians throughout the country to discontinue using Physiomesh and to return the products to the manufacturer. The product weakens and fails over time.

Aside from the possibility of additional surgery most of these issues go away after the C-Qur is removed. C-Qur is the only mesh coated in fish oil.

Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-Qur are both linked to higher rates of failure than similar mesh patches. However, these are not the only hernia mesh products associated with increased complications.

An incarcerated hernia is when the intestines become strangulated outside the herniated area constricting blood supply; this situation will need emergency repair.

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