Once the shock of having a failed hernia mesh goes away and you start to accept the news, you must come up with a game plan for treating the negative consequences of your failed or defective hernia mesh. Your doctor will have many different options to discuss with you. To get an idea of the choices ahead of you, read on to see the various treatment opitons you’ll have to consider.
Infection near or around the hernia mesh site can involve a variety of symptoms. You may have swelling, redness and pain in the area—which makes it relatively easy to assume that infection is what’s going on. You may also have flu-like symptoms that don’t seem directly related to the hernia repair site, which can make diagnosis confusing. Especially since infection doesn’t necessarily happen immediately following surgery because with defective hernia mesh, it could take years for infection to develop.
While your body is trying to fight off the infection, it will probably need medical intervention. Your doctor may advise intravenous penicillin, irrigation of the infected area, saline flushes, oral medication and surgical removal or replacement of the infected hernia mesh.
After getting tests, possibly including a barium enema to diagnose the bowel obstruction, there are many different treatment options the medical staff will discuss with you. Treatment for a bowel obstruction can mean surgery, infusions, injections and medications. If the obstruction was over a long term, there may be portions of the intestine that are permanently damaged or have dead tissue. If either of these is the case, then you may need to have those sections removed.
According to Medscape, the primary treatment for a perforated bowel is surgery, unless there are other medical conditions that make surgery inadvisable. In some cases, such as with certain types of diverticulitis, doctors can choose to avoid surgical repair of the perforation and watch it to see if it heals on its own. When defective hernia mesh is the cause, however, surgical intervention is generally necessary not just to repair the perforation, but also to remove the mesh and prevent it from causing additional problems. If the perforation leads to infection, there may need to be other oral and intravenous treatment.
When defective hernia mesh is used in a hernia surgery, scar tissue can develop creating adhesions that are painful and which negatively impact organs and stop them from working properly. If treatment is required, the treatment used is surgical. One drawback, however, is that new surgery can cause damage that creates all new adhesions.
If you have these or any other problems due to a defective hernia mesh, you should consider consulting with a mesh attorney about your rights to be compensated for the pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost work that come from the defective mesh. Here at Hernia Mesh Settlements, we can connect you to one of the mesh attorneys in our nationwide network. They have the expertise to handle medical device liability cases and work without retainer—only getting paid when you win your case.