Hernia Mesh Attorneys Taking Cases Now
Across the nation, people who have been injured by hernia mesh are filing lawsuits for their injuries. You may be entitled to receive monetary compensation.
A hernia is an injury caused when fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot or hole in one of your muscles. Both men and women get hernias, which can result from ordinary, everyday activities. There is a risk of developing a hernia every time you do something that increases the pressure in your abdomen. A hernia often results from lifting heavy objects, constipation or obesity. Even coughing and sneezing can result in a hernia. A hernia may be present for years before it protrudes or breaks through the wall of a muscle, becoming painful.
Many hernias require surgery to repair them and there are different methods used depending on the type of hernia a patient has. Hernia surgery can be performed by open repair or using laparoscopic techniques. There are five types of hernias, all of which may be repaired with surgery:
- Hiatal Hernia
- Incisional Hernia
- Ventral Hernia
- Umbilical Hernia
- Femoral Hernia
Because hernias have a high rate of re-opening even after surgery, doctors began using hernia mesh to strengthen and support the repair with the intention of decreasing the rate of recurrence. The mesh is designed to act as a plug or a patch to strengthen the muscle walls, preventing organs from pushing through the hernia in the future.
Some hernia mesh is absorbable and is not intended as a permanent fix. Other mesh is non-absorbable and is considered a permanent medical implant. Hernia mesh can be made from animal skin, plastic or a combination of natural and man-made materials. In most mesh repairs, called hernioplasty, the mesh is intended to remain in the patient’s body for his or her lifetime.
Hernia mesh may be doing more harm than good. Patients across the nation are experiencing severe complications caused by hernia mesh. Migration of the device, contraction, intestinal adhesion, organ perforation and infection are among the life threatening dangers associated with hernia mesh. Victims in all 50 states are filing lawsuits to recover monetary damages for injuries and suffering caused by this dangerous medical device.
Hernia Meshes with Polypropylene
While there are several different complications that arise from the use of hernia mesh, one of them involves the use of polypropylene. Most mesh currently used in hernia surgery is synthetic, made from polypropylene, a flexible petroleum based plastic. This is the same material that has traditionally been used to make trans-vaginal mesh and the adverse effects are similar.
One of the most severe complications caused by hernia mesh made from polypropylene is that it can cause the body to initiate a serious inflammatory response against it. In this situation the body attacks the material/implant as if it were a foreign object. Any time you place a foreign, man-made object into the human body, there is a risk of rejection of that object.
In the case of a hernia, an autoimmune response to polypropylene mesh can result in the patch or plug breaking down, moving, and causing significant danger to the nearby organs. There is also a risk that polypropylene hernia mesh will shrink or contract, resulting in severe pain and the potential failing of the device.
Complications from Hernia Mesh
Complications exist in any surgery. There is always a risk for infection or swelling or discomfort. But the addition of a foreign object into the body is always a reason to be extra concerned.
Surgery to repair a hernia does not necessarily have to involve the use of mesh. There may be alternative, safer ways to treat the problem. Although the use of hernia mesh has become the standard for most procedures, it is important to know the dangers that exist from its continued use.
Consider some of the following complications from surgery with hernia mesh that have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Migration of the mesh
- Rejection of mesh
- Breakdown of the material
- Nerve damage
- Perforation of organs
- Blockage of bowel
- Blockage of intestines
- Severe pain
- Significant swelling
- Adhesion of tissue to the mesh
- Autoimmune response
- Additional surgery to remove the device or repair damage
- Hernia recurrence
Farris, Riley & Pitt is currently accepting hernia mesh cases in all 50 states. If you or someone you love has been injured from hernia mesh, contact our office and learn more about your rights to recover monetary compensation. Call Farris, Riley & Pitt today.