Complications Following Surgery to Repair Incisional Hernia – Hernia Mesh Injury
Farris, Riley & Pitt is representing people injured after receiving a hernia mesh implant. Thousands of people nationwide have been hurt, and we are counseling many men and women who received hernia mesh as part of a surgical procedure, including surgery to repair an incisional hernia.
What is an Incisional Hernia?
An incisional hernia, also called a ventral hernia, is a protrusion of abdominal tissue that forms at the site of a previous surgical incision that is healing. Incisional hernias occur at the site of a procedure that required cutting of the abdominal muscles like an appendectomy or C-section. A hernia will appear as a bulge when the patient lifts something heavy or engages in vigorous physical activity.
Anyone who has abdominal surgery is susceptible to developing a ventral hernia, especially during the months that follow surgery. As the muscles try to heal, gaining weight, becoming pregnant or lifting heavy objects can increase the risk of tissue breaking through the weakened wall and cause an incisional hernia.
Severe or large incisional hernias require surgery to fix. Sharp stomach pain, vomiting, and constipation are some of the most common symptoms of serious incisional hernias.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is used in most surgeries to repair all types of hernias, including incisional. Surgical mesh comes in many shapes and sizes and is made by a variety of companies. Hernia mesh comes in dozens of brand names. The mesh is woven together from animal skin or, more commonly, from a synthetic material called polypropylene. When a surgeon pushes a hernia back into place and repairs the hole, a hernia mesh implant is used to strengthen the closure. Hernia mesh is supposed to act as a stabilizer for the weak area protecting it against opening again in the future.
Why Did the Doctor Use Hernia Mesh to Fix my Incisional Hernia?
Using a hernia mesh implant during surgery to fix an incisional hernia is commonplace. Because hernias are known to reoccur at an alarming rate, manufacturers introduced hernia mesh to reduce the risk of forming another hernia. In theory, the mesh implant should allow the patient’s tissue to grow through and around it, strengthening it; much in the way ivy might grow up and through a garden trellis. The stronger the tissue, the less likely it will tear and a new hernia will form.
What are the Side Effects and Complications Caused by Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh does not necessarily work as promised, according to the many adverse reports from patients across the country. Using these implants may cause increased risk, danger, and harm to innocent victims.
Hernia mesh has failed on many occasions and caused damage to nearby tissue and organs. It can break down, migrate to dangerous places, adhere to the intestines, and cause outright rejection by the body.
What sorts of Injuries Can Result from Hernia Mesh?
Complications from the use of hernia mesh implants during surgery to repair incisional hernias cause severe physical and emotional injuries.
Reports of injuries caused by hernia mesh include:
- Sepsis caused by penetration of the intestines
- Bowel leakage
- Infection, a risk increased by the presence of polypropylene
- Perforation of tissue
- Adhesion of mesh implant to intestines causing dangerous blockage
- Mesh failing to adhere to the correct spot and sticking to another
- Autoimmune response due to rejection of foreign object- swelling, infection, tissue damage
Any one of these side effects can result in the need for additional surgery, which causes pain, suffering, and anxiety and brings with it an entire set of its own risks and dangers. Undergoing a second surgery, possibly in a state of emergency, can result in lingering problems for even the most optimistic and healthy patient.
Farris, Riley & Pitt are Reviewing Hernia Mesh Cases in All 50 States
Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are reviewing hernia mesh cases nationwide. If you had surgery to repair an incisional hernia that included the use of a hernia mesh implant, you might have the right to file a claim for compensation.
Do you know what kind of hernia mesh your doctor used? Do you know if it was a recalled product? Did you have an allergic reaction to it or an infection? There are all questions that Farris, Riley & Pitt can help you answer as we obtain information and counsel you on what your choices are going forward.
Call Farris, Riley & Pitt for a Free Consultation
Hernia mesh is just one of the many dangerous medical device cases our attorneys have experience navigating. If your case involves hernia mesh implanted during surgery to repair an incisional hernia, we want to know about it.
There is no cost to you for the consultation, and there is no risk. If you engage our services, we work on a contingency basis. Contingency means we only get paid when your case reaches a successful outcome.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Hernia Mesh Case
Call Farris, Riley & Pitt at 880-580-5176 and let us answer your questions about filing a hernia mesh lawsuit. Time may be of the essence so call today.