Surgical mesh is a material that has gained popularity over the years as doctors welcome new ways to increase the success of many surgical procedures. Hernia mesh is a medical device designed to aid in the repair of all types of hernias and is widely used by surgeons across the country. There are several different types of hernia mesh, manufactured by a variety of companies across the globe.
A hernia is an injury that occurs when fatty tissue (such as the tissue covering the intestines) breaks through the wall of a muscle or other weak spot in the body. It typically happens when you put heavy pressure on your abdomen such as the kind caused by heavy lifting, trying to go to the bathroom or even sneezing. Inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, femoral hernia, hiatal hernia, and incisional hernia are the most common types of hernia injuries and both men and women can experience them.
Most Hernia Injuries Require Surgical Repair
Most hernia injuries require surgical repair and traditionally, surgery was performed without any mesh or other foreign objects. Doctors would push the tissue back to its original place and close the hole to avoid future penetration. However, during the last several decades, as doctors sought to reduce the rate of the recurrence of hernias, using hernia mesh has become standard practice.
During hernia surgery, doctors repair the tear and weak spot that allowed the fatty tissue to break through. They use hernia mesh to provide additional support to the muscle or tissue walls to keep them strong enough to prevent another protrusion or hernia from occurring. The mesh acts as a scaffolding of sorts, allowing the body’s tissue to grow in and around its openings, creating a stronger “wall.” Usually, the mesh is intended to be a permanent implant.
Hernia Mesh Can Have Significant Complications and Dangerous Side Effects
Unfortunately for many, hernia mesh has caused significant complications and dangerous side effects. The mesh can break down and migrate to other parts of the body causing bleeding, adhesion and pain. It may also perforate nearby organs including the bowel and intestines. There have been other reports of serious adverse reactions to the mesh including infection, inflammation and complete rejection of the device. Some brands of hernia mesh are coated with materials that can cause severe allergic reactions as well as other damage to the body.
There are numerous manufacturers selling surgical mesh without warning doctors or patients of their side effects and potential dangers. Some have recalled their products while others continue to push them with little regard for the risks their use imposes on victims.
Farris, Riley & Pitt, Hernia Mesh Lawyers, are Conducting a Nationwide Review of Cases
Men and women across the nation have rights to recover compensation for negligence when a medical device causes injuries. When a medical device comes with insufficient warnings, for example, the manufacturer may be responsible for consequences that result.
In the case of hernia mesh, lawsuits allege that many makers of these products did not warn doctors of the dangers that may result from their use. As such, doctors did not warn patients. The devices may also have design defects making them inherently unsafe for use.
Some of the severe complications that have been reported and may warrant an award for compensation include:
- Rejection of the mesh
- Severe pain
- Allergic reaction
- Bowel perforation
- Intestinal blockage
- Recurrence of hernia
Financial awards in hernia mesh lawsuits may include money for pain and suffering, the cost of additional surgery or medical treatment, and damages for emotional distress.
Call Us to Discuss Your Next Steps
Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt and speak with one of our hernia mesh lawyers. We offer a free consultation and can help determine if you have a lawsuit against your doctor, hospital, or manufacturer of hernia mesh. If so, and you would like us to represent your interests, we can do so on a contingency basis. This means that you only pay us if your case is a success.
We handle a wide range of cases and can assist you at all stages of the legal process from compiling evidence and medical records to negotiating a settlement and representing your interests in a court of law. You and your hernia mesh case are as important to us as they are to you and it shows in the way we provide personal representation to our clients. At Farris, Riley & Pitt you are not just a file number, you are like family.
Our experience extends to representing individuals and groups in a wide variety of mass torts including:
- Transvaginal mesh (TVM) failure
- Bladder mesh failure
- Testosterone Therapy heart attacks and blood clots
- Xarelto bleeding lawsuits
- Mirena IUD “False/Pseudo Tumor”
- Depuy hip replacements
- Taxotere and hair loss
- IVC Filter complications and injuries
Call Farris, Riley & Pitt today at 880-580-5176 and let us answer your questions about a hernia mesh lawsuit. Remember, your consultation is free.