Infections and Hernia Mesh: What you need to know
With any surgery you undergo, there is a risk of infection. In addition to the general risks of being opened up and having your internal organs exposed to airborne germs, there’s also the risk of infection developing after the surgery as a result of germs inside your body spreading to the weakened tissue.
Types of Surgical Infections
It’s generally anticipated that as many as 3 percent of surgical patients will suffer from a surgical site infection within 30-days of surgery. There are three types of surgical site infections discussed by the CDC. These are:
• Superficial: these infections are found in the skin nearest the surgical incision(s).
• Deep: these are infections that occur in the muscle and tissue around the surgery site.
• Organ: these infections impact the organs or empty space near and around the surgery site.
Infections caused by defective hernia mesh have a much broader range than traditional surgical site infections, which means they can be found anywhere the mesh migrates to. Worse, defective hernia mesh infections can occur many years after surgery is completed. And according to the US National Library of Medicine, it’s those who have surgery with hernia mesh may find their infection risk rate rising to 8 percent.
Reducing Infection Risk Factors
There are many risk factors that can put you at a higher risk of having an infection after hernia mesh surgery. These include:
• History of smoking
To reduce your chances of getting an infection, especially when you have the above risk factors, make sure you:
• Keep the incision(s) clean
• Stop smoking in the weeks leading up to the surgery
• Change your bandages as often as directed
• Use antiseptic soap when cleaning your wound, showering and washing your hands
• Talk to your surgeon about the methods they can employ to reduce risks of infection
Signs of Infection
You need to consult with a doctor immediately if you see any of the following signs of infection after hernia mesh surgery:
• Discharge around incision(s)
• Reopening wounds
• Inflammation around the wound or nearby organs
• Redness, pain, tenderness and swelling around the incision(s)
• Fever, nausea and flu-like symptoms
When you have hernia mesh surgery, you could be dealing with infection symptoms many years after surgery and, if the mesh has migrated, they could be in an area that seems unrelated to your surgery. Keep this in mind when monitoring yourself for signs of infection.
Treatment of Infection
If you have an infection, you may need to have intravenous penicillin treatment as well as irrigation of the infected area as well as oral antibiotics. In some cases, patients with hernia mesh were found to have chronic infections until the mesh was completely removed.
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