Once thought to have been caused by heavy lifting, hernias are now recognized simply as the weakening of the tissue and muscle that surrounds an organ. Because the tissue and muscle are supposed to hold the organ in place, this weakening (which can also tear open) allows an organ to bulge out through the weakened area or hole. Heavy lifting can certainly worsen this bulging, but as we now know, it does not cause hernias.
Regardless of the cause, surgery is often necessary to treat a hernia. Depending on the type of hernia and location, surgery can be laparoscopic or can involve open surgery with a longer incision. In both types of surgery, a hernia mesh may be used to strengthen the weak spot and plug any holes.
Hernia mesh is a type of strong bandage made out of synthetic materials or animal skin and tissue. In most instances, it repairs the hernia and prevents it from recurring. But when the mesh used is defective, it can perforate the bowels and cause all new problems for the patient.
Understanding Hernia Mesh Perforation
Many patients are having problems with hernia mesh. Some of these problems include hernia mesh erosion, during which the mesh migrates from the original site into a new place where it doesn’t belong. A second problem patients encounter is hernia mesh hardening, during which the mesh loses its flexibility and toughens, ultimately shattering into shards that migrate.
When hernia mesh or hardened shards of mesh migrate, they can end up puncturing tissue, muscles and the bowel, a situation that’s called hernia mesh perforation.
Symptoms of Hernia Mesh Perforation
The primary symptoms of hernia mesh perforation include:
• Obstruction of the bowels (which can lead to constipation)
• Internal bleeding
• Hernia recurrence
Because a perforation can lead to sepsis, as it may allow fecal matter to leak into the stomach, and it can severely damage tissue, it’s critical that you talk to your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms that lead you to suspect a hernia mesh perforation.
Diagnosing Hernia Mesh Perforation
After a physical exam, imaging and blood tests will likely be ordered to confirm the perforation. This can include a barium enema, x-ray. CT scan, MRI and ultrasound. This testing will show whether a perforation has occurred, but it may not show the full extent of the resulting damage. The full extent of damage may only be fully realized during surgery to repair the perforation and remove the defective hernia mesh.
Securing Legal Help
Treatment of hernia mesh perforation is expensive. More than a financial toll, however, it takes a physical, mental and emotional toll on you and your family. You and your loved ones deserve justice after a defective hernia mesh causes problems in your life, and the hernia mesh attorneys in the Hernia Mesh Settlements network can help.
Contact us today, and we’ll match you to a knowledgeable, experienced hernia mesh attorney in our nationwide network. Together you can go up against the medical device manufacturer responsible for your suffering and you can get the money you deserve. Even better, you can help get the defective hernia mesh pulled from the market.