Hernia mesh can be a safe, effective solution to the problem of hernias. Essentially, a hernia is a weakening of the tissue or muscle surrounding an organ. This weakening can result in a hole that allows the organ to come through the surrounding organic material, causing pain and discomfort to the individual. To fix this, surgeons make an incision and affix a mesh to the weakened area. This plugs any holes that have developed and reinforces the tissue or muscle so that it can once again hold the organ where it’s meant to be.
Understanding Hernia Mesh Erosion
When hernia mesh is defective, it can erode in one of two ways. The first is an erosion which results in the migration of the mesh. Once this occurs, the mesh is no longer supporting the area in need, which means the hernia can return. Even worse, the mesh has now moved to an area it shouldn’t be in, which could result in pain, infection, scar tissue adhesions, bowel obstruction and more.
The second kind of erosion happens when the mesh erodes surrounding tissue after rubbing against it. This breakdown of surrounding tissue may lead to infection, internal bleeding and return of the original hernia as the erosion weakens the tissue.
Hernia mesh erosion is not something that can heal itself, and if left untreated it can lead to overwhelming physical problems such as the development of abscesses and fistulas.
Symptoms of Hernia Mesh Erosion
Hernia mesh erosion can occur with few or no symptoms, but when it isn’t asymptomatic, patients experience:
• Internal bleeding
• Hernia recurrence
• Bowel obstruction and possible perforation
• Skin problems (in rare cases, the mesh may erode through skin)
Because these symptoms can crop up years after your surgery, and because they can often be associated with unrelated disorders, it’s important to keep an eye on your overall physical health and monitor it for changes that could be associated with mesh erosion. Bring up potential symptoms to your doctor so they can suggest the appropriate tests for diagnosis.
Hernia Mesh Erosion Diagnosis
As with all diagnoses, the diagnosis of eroded hernia mesh begins with a physical exam. The doctor will likely follow-up with imaging tests including ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan and MRI. Sometimes, the erosion of hernia mesh isn’t discovered until surgery is done.
Getting Help After Hernia Mesh Erosion
Seeking medical help is likely your top priority when you suspect that your hernia mesh has eroded, but securing legal help should also be a priority. While no one can erase the memory of physical and emotional pain you experience after hernia mesh erosion, a lawyer may be able to help make you financially whole again and get the defective hernia mesh off the market with your mesh hernia lawsuit.
At Hernia Mesh Settlements, we specialize in matching experienced medical device liability lawyers with patients who have suffered the consequences of surgery with defective hernia mesh. Our nationwide network of lawyers can fight on your team and they don’t accept payment until they win your mesh hernia lawsuit.