Complications After Surgery to Repair an Umbilical Hernia– Hernia Mesh Injury
Farris, Riley & Pitt is representing individuals who have suffered injuries caused by hernia mesh implants. Thousands of people across America continue to be seriously hurt by these dangerous medical devices. Many are filing civil lawsuits to recover monetary damages for their injuries. Medical liability attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are helping women and men who had surgery to repair an umbilical hernia that involved the use of a hernia mesh implant.
What is an Umbilical Hernia?
An umbilical hernia occurs when part of your intestine pokes through the umbilical opening in your abdominal muscles. A hernia creates a bulge near the navel that can become tender or painful. While both men and women may suffer from an umbilical hernia, women are more prone to have one. Babies are prone to umbilical hernias, but they typically resolve on their own over time.
Umbilical hernias, like other hernias, are caused by abdominal pressure and/or muscle weakness. Factors such as obesity, multiple pregnancies, and prior abdominal surgeries can contribute to the development of an umbilical hernia. In some cases, abdominal tissue or intestines can become trapped which can cause severe pain and tissue damage. If the trapped portion is cut off from the blood supply, it is “strangulated,” and the tissue may die and become gangrenous. Serious and even deadly infection may result from a strangulated umbilical hernia.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Surgical mesh is a product manufactured by multiple corporations and sold under many different names. It is a woven mesh-like item that is generally used for a patch or a plug. Think of a square of gauze or even the center of a Band-Aid. Mesh used in hernia surgery may be derived from natural sources such as animal skins or synthetic components such as polypropylene plastic. There may be a coating on hernia surgical mesh intended to limit the mesh’s ability to adhere to surrounding areas.
Surgical mesh is used in a variety of procedures to reinforce work and support internal structures. Hernia mesh is routinely used during umbilical hernia surgery to act as a stabilizer for the weak region where a hernia occurred.
Why Did the Doctor Use Hernia Mesh to Repair My Umbilical Hernia?
An umbilical hernia in an adult usually requires surgery to repair. In this instance, the doctor goes through an incision at the base of the belly-button to return the tissue to its rightful place and sews the torn abdominal wall with sutures.
Hernias are known to have a high recurrence rate. If you experience a hernia, even after surgery, it is quite possible that you will have another. Because of the frequency of recurring umbilical hernias, doctors began using hernia mesh to provide additional support to the weak area of the body. The mesh is supposed to act as scaffolding to strengthen the region and to allow your own tissue to grow in and around it – forming a stronger wall that is less susceptible to penetration.
What are the Complications and Side Effects of Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh sounds like it should help reduce the rate of recurrence and this is why its use is standard practice. However, implanting hernia mesh during surgery can result in dangerous complications. Some of them include:
- Migration of the mesh to other parts of the body
- Adhesion of the mesh to nearby tissue and organs
- Allergic reactions
- Rejection of mesh
- Breakdown of mesh
What sorts of Injuries Can Result?
Thousands of patients have reported adverse effects caused by hernia mesh implants. Surgery is always stressful and involves some pain and discomfort. But hernia mesh has resulted in serious and at times deadly injuries that may have been avoidable.
Reports of injuries caused by hernia mesh include the penetration of nearby organs such as the bowel, which can cause sepsis and even death. Mesh containing polypropylene, in particular, increases the risk of infection and an autoimmune response where the body attacks the mesh and surrounding tissue. In these cases, as well as those involving infection, migration, breakdown or adhesion of the mesh requires that surgeons remove the mesh and fix the damage.
The unnecessary pain and discomfort caused by mesh are difficult for patients to handle, especially when they did not receive warnings about the risks and dangers of the device. The need for additional surgery or medications causes significant emotional stress and anxiety to the patient and his or her family. Having to undergo treatment again possibly in an emergency situation can be far worse than the original injury.
Farris, Riley & Pitt are Reviewing Cases in All 50 States
Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are reviewing cases around the country involving hernia mesh implants. If you or someone you love had an umbilical hernia that required surgery and the doctor used hernia mesh, you might be eligible to file a claim for monetary compensation.
Our medical liability lawyers can help you gather information such as what type of hernia mesh your doctor used and whether it caused your injuries. Did you have an infection because of hernia mesh? Did you have to undergo surgery to remove the mesh? Did the mesh damage an internal organ? If mesh played a role in your treatment of an umbilical hernia, we can work with you develop a plan to move forward and recover damages.
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Hernia mesh is one of the dangerous medical devices with which we have experience. Call us today for a no-cost, risk-free evaluation. If your case involves hernia mesh implanted to repair an umbilical hernia, we want to know.
Remember, there is no cost to you for the consultation. If you engage our services, we work on a contingency basis. We only get paid when you get paid.
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