Complications After Surgery to Repair a Femoral Hernia – Hernia Mesh Injury
Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are interviewing individuals across America who have suffered injuries because of hernia mesh used during surgery. Patients who received a hernia mesh implant, as part of surgery to repair a femoral hernia may be able to recover monetary damages. If you had a femoral hernia that was treated with hernia mesh speak with a medical liability lawyer at our office right away.
What is a Femoral Hernia?
A femoral hernia occurs just below the crease in your groin. It is the result of tissue from your lower abdomen, like part of your intestine, pushing through the abdominal wall and into your upper thigh via the femoral canal. Like most hernias, a femoral hernia can be large or small and can cause serious pain, nausea, and vomiting.
A femoral hernia is one that more women suffer from than men and may be left undiagnosed for quite some time. This type of a hernia tends to be small, and it causes pain in the groin instead of the spot in which it actually exists. Often, a patient and the doctor do not realize there is a femoral hernia until it becomes strangulated and dangerous requiring emergency surgical treatment. Two of every three femoral hernias are not detected until they strangulate.
As with other hernias, femoral hernias are the result of straining. An activity that causes you to put pressure on your abdominal muscles can lead to a hernia. For example, chronic coughing or sneezing, constipation, and pushing during childbirth can cause a femoral hernia. A pre-existing weakness in the femoral canal can also be a contributing factor.
What is Surgical Hernia Mesh?
Medical professionals use surgical mesh to lend support to internal organs and to provide strength to repairs they perform in the body. Hernia mesh is a woven product, much like gauze, but sturdier. It is usually made from a natural animal product or plastic, such as polypropylene. In hernia surgery, hernia mesh acts as a support or stabilizer for the weak area surrounding the hole the doctor is closing. For example, when a hernia is pushed back through an opening, a surgeon may sew the hole closed and reinforce the closure with hernia mesh.
Why Did my Surgeon Use Hernia Mesh to fix My Femoral Hernia?
Because femoral hernias are usually not detected until they are strangulated, painful, and causing imminent danger, surgery is almost always required. Depending on the severity of the case, the doctor will either remove the dead tissue or fix the hernia and close the hole through which the intestine protruded.
Because hernias have a very high rate of recurrence, doctors use hernia mesh to try and reduce this possibility. They use the mesh to act as a scaffolding to support the weakened tissue. This way, the likelihood of another hernia is diminished. When surgical mesh works perfectly, your own tissue grows in and around the hernia mesh and creates a more stable and sturdy patch of wall that is less penetrable than it was before.
What Complications does Hernia Mesh cause?
Unfortunately, hernia mesh does not always work in the way doctors hope. Although using hernia mesh implants has become standard practice, complications and dangers are prevalent enough that doctors and manufacturers are taking a second look at the wisdom of using the implants.
Some of the most significant adverse reactions to hernia mesh involve rejection of the implant by a patient. The human body does not always react well to the introduction of a foreign object. With hernia mesh, especially that made with polypropylene, many patients reject the device, and their bodies begin to fight the mesh as if it were a trespasser. This reaction can cause infection of surrounding tissue, the breakdown of the mesh, and migration to other parts of the body, any of which may require additional surgery and medication.
There have also been reports of the hernia mesh implants perforating nearby organs such as the intestines and adhering to nearby tissue causing pain and requiring removal of the device.
What Injuries Can Result from Hernia Mesh?
Many thousands of patients across the country have reported negative effects caused by hernia mesh implants used as part of hernia repair surgery. Consider some of the following known injuries:
- Intestinal perforation
- Pain and suffering
- Additional surgery
- Additional medication
- Emotional distress
Farris, Riley & Pitt Medical Device Attorneys are Reviewing Cases Nationwide
Lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt are reviewing cases in all fifty states that involve the controversial medical device hernia mesh.
Did you have a femoral hernia? Did you receive hernia mesh during surgery? If so, you may want to consider filing a claim to receive compensation for your injuries.
Our medical liability lawyers can help you gather the important information you need to find out if you have a case. Hernia mesh is sold under many different names by various manufacturers. You will need to know what kind of hernia mesh your surgeon used, what company made it and details surrounding the extent of your injuries. You will also need help understanding if the use of hernia mesh caused the injuries. For example did the breakdown of the mesh cause you to need more surgery? Did the mesh cause your infection and require you to spend additional time in the hospital undergoing treatment? If a hernia mesh implant played any role in your injuries, you might be eligible to receive monetary damages.
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Call our office today for a risk-free evaluation at no cost. If your case involves hernia mesh implanted to help repair a femoral hernia, we want to know the details so we can help you find the best course of action to secure the outcome you deserve.
Remember, there is no cost for the initial consultation. If you choose to engage our services, we work on contingency. Contingency means our firm only recovers money when you do.
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Call Farris, Riley & Pitt at 880-580-5176. You can reach us from anywhere in the country to discuss your case. Let us answer your questions about filing a hernia mesh lawsuit.