Complications After Surgery to Repair a Hiatal Hernia – Hernia Mesh Injury
Individuals across the nation who have been injured by hernia mesh implants are reaching out to Farris, Riley & Pitt to share their stories and learn if they are entitled to file claims to recover damages.
Thousands of patients have been negatively affected by hernia mesh implants, and these dangerous medical devices continue to be used with great frequency. Injured victims who have been hurt by the surgical implantation of hernia mesh are filing lawsuits to hold manufacturers and doctors accountable for the serious harm they have experienced. Medical liability lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt are currently reviewing cases for individuals who had surgery using hernia mesh to repair a hiatal hernia.
What is a Hiatal Hernia?
A hiatal hernia is the result of your stomach pushing up through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm has a small hole called a hiatus, which allows your esophagus to pass through on its way to the stomach. When your stomach bulges up through this little opening, you have a hiatal hernia.
Many women and men suffer from hiatal hernias, and they are caused by weakness of the muscle tissue surrounding the hiatus. Sometimes the muscles weaken with age or obesity, and sometimes they weaken from an injury or persistent pushing, just as is the case with other types of hernias.
The most common symptom of a hiatal hernia is heartburn or indigestion. Pain and discomfort can occur because food and acid from your stomach may leak into the esophagus. Medication can relieve the symptoms of a hiatal hernia but, if you have a particularly large one, you may need surgery to fix it.
In addition to heartburn, a severe hiatal hernia may cause:
- Excessive burping
- Chest pain
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fullness or bloating after meals
- Passing black stools (internal bleeding)
What is Hernia Mesh?
Mesh is utilized in a variety of medical procedures and is a woven, flexible object that comes in different shapes and sizes. Doctors use mesh for different purposes depending on the problem. For example, after a hysterectomy, surgical mesh may be implanted to support the bladder in the absence of the uterus.
In the context of surgery to repair a hernia, the mesh is used to strengthen and support weakened tissue that resulted in a hernia. Since hernia mesh is woven, it is used as a patch or a plug to allow tissue to grow while it acts as a scaffold to strengthen it.
Why Did the Doctor Use Hernia Mesh to Repair My Hiatal Hernia?
Hernias are known to have a high recurrence rate. If you experience a hernia, even after surgery to repair it, it is quite possible that you will have another. Because of the frequency of recurring hernias, doctors began using hernia mesh to provide additional support to the weak area of the body.
During surgery for a hiatal hernia, the doctor may have to pull your stomach back into your abdomen and make the hiatus (hole in your diaphragm) smaller to prevent the stomach from re-entering. Hernia mesh may be used to reinforce the closure with the hope that the walls will be strong enough to withstand future pressure.
What are the Complications and Side Effects of Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh was intended to decrease the recurrence rate of hernias. However, hernia mesh implants have caused severe complications in many patients that have resulted in the need to remove them surgically. They are not as sturdy or safe as doctors and patients have been led to believe. Hernia mesh complications include:
- Breakdown of plastic/polypropylene mesh
- Migration to parts of the body due to failure to adhere
- Unwanted adhesion to nearby tissue and organs
- Allergic response
- Rejection of implant
- Dangerous autoimmune response
What Injuries Can Result from Hernia Mesh?
The breakdown of hernia mesh can result in a variety of injuries to a patient. Hernia mesh made from polypropylene, in particular, has been shown to increase the rate of infection following hernia surgery. When a foreign implant enters the body, and it causes complications, the implant must usually come out. A second surgical procedure, more medication, and time in the hospital can increase the risk for additional complications and cause severe emotional distress to a patient and family.
Hernia mesh may cause the following injuries:
- Intestinal blockage
- Perforated organs and tissue
- Additional Surgery
Farris, Riley & Pitt Conducting Nationwide Review of Hernia Mesh Cases
Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are reviewing cases around the country that involve injuries from hernia mesh. If you or someone you love had a hiatal hernia repaired with surgery and included the use of hernia mesh, you may be eligible to receive compensation for injuries to you or your family.
Our dangerous medical device attorneys understand what it takes to prove your case. We can help you collect records and gather the information needed to show that hernia mesh caused your injury. We can find out what company manufactured the mesh, what it was made of and whether or not it led to your injury. If a mesh implant was part of your treatment of a hiatal hernia, we could help you develop a plan to seek and recover damages.
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Call us today for a no-cost, risk-free evaluation. If your case involves hernia mesh implanted to repair a hiatal hernia, we have the experience to help.
Your consultation comes at no cost to you, and you are not obligated to use our services. If you do engage our services, we work on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid when you get paid.
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