Hernia surgeries are one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. among all age groups. Children, adults and elderly patients who develop hernias often have hernia mesh implant surgery to repair the hernia. This is due in large part to the high recurrence rate associated with non-mesh repair. Simply using sutures to repair a hernia can result in a hernia recurrence rate of up to 20%. In addition, using sutures to repair a hernia requires a much more invasive open surgery, whereas hernia repair with mesh can be done with minimally invasive laparoscopy.
However, hernia mesh lawsuits are on the rise. Over the last few years, hernia mesh failures have resulted in a staggering number of complications, including chronic pain, subsequent surgeries and even death. Call our firm for more information at 800.229.7704.
Hernia mesh (and any medical devices) complications or failure can occur for any number of reasons, and symptoms can develop months, or even years after surgery. Among the most common of these reasons for failure are defective mesh design, poor choice of mesh material and the use of too much hernia mesh material during a procedure. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of hernia mesh failure listed below, contact your doctor immediately.
When a medical device fails or malfunctions, it tends to inundate the patient with a range of different symptoms, from slight discomfort to severe bodily pain, and occasionally can result in death. Some patients may show symptoms of failure immediately, and others may not show any symptoms until weeks, months or even years after their procedures.
A patient is far more likely to develop hernia mesh failure symptoms after they’ve been subjected to a number of combined “risk factors”. These factors, which greatly contribute to the probability of a patient’s infection, include the type of mesh used, the type of surgery performed, and the kind of preventative measures taken to prevent these infections.
Some symptoms that indicate hernia mesh failure include:
Patients who have problems with hernia mesh often ask, “How long does the hernia mesh last before it fails?” or “How long does it take before the hernia mesh fails?”
Patients may show signs hernia mesh failure symptoms anywhere from one week to 39 months after their repair procedure. Generally, the largest contributing factor to whether or not a patient experiences hernia mesh failure symptoms is the amount of mesh used to repair the initial hernia. This is why it is recommended that surgeons use as little mesh as possible for these procedures, to decrease the likelihood of causing further complications.
If your hernia mesh device was made of inferior materials or was flawed in its design, failure is essentially inevitable. However, regardless of the device’s quality, there are some proactive steps you can take to help minimize the probability of hernia mesh failure such as:
Reducing the risk of re-herniation is also very important, which can be avoided by refraining from heavy lifting and reducing abdominal strain. These steps likely will not prevent hernia mesh failure, but they will help with minimizing risk and maximizing your chances of a successful recovery process.
It is critical to remember that hernia mesh failure is not a result of your actions; it is the responsibility of the device manufacturers to make a reliable, quality product.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or bodily harm as the result of a faulty, poorly made hernia mesh device, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain or emotional distress.
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Page last updated: January 10, 2018