Surgical mesh used in the repair of weakened muscle walls can be a fantastic help to the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from hernias every year. But it can be a nightmare when the mesh is defective—because it can lead to major physical problems, including bowel obstruction, perforation, and recurring hernia.
Your bowel, or large intestine, has two major jobs. The first is to absorb nutrients and the second is to help get rid of waste. In many cases, after the surgical application of a defective hernia mesh, migration of the mesh occurs and blocks the intestines. This is called a bowel obstruction. Sometimes this migration and blockage can happen several years—or even decades—after the hernia repair surgery.
Doctors diagnose a bowel obstruction through physical exams and imaging tests like the CT scan or X-ray. When your bowel is completely obstructed, your solid waste can’t get through your large intestines and can’t be ejected, potentially leading to infection. When the bowel is only partially blocked, some stool may get through—but this can still be both painful and life-threatening.
A bowel perforation is a hole or tear in your bowel, resulting from a migrating hernia mesh, which allows waste material to enter your abdomen and creates a very high risk for serious, life-threatening infections and sepsis. This can occur on its own or in conjunction with an obstruction. As with a bowel obstruction, this can happen weeks, months, years or even decades after the surgery involving a defective hernia mesh.
Bowel perforation is diagnosed much the same way as an obstruction, using both physical exam results and imaging tests like x-rays and ultrasounds. The symptoms include severe pain in the abdomen, fever, nausea, vomiting, and chills.
Patients don’t need hernia mesh unless they’ve got a hernia. And when the hernia mesh they get is defective and migrates, it leaves their weakened muscle walls or holes without the added support their surgery initially corrected, resulting in a recurrence of the original hernia.
Sometimes, a recurring hernia isn’t diagnosed until a patient has surgery to remove a defective mesh that has caused other physical problems. In other cases, discomfort and pain may cause a patient to seek a physical exam, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI that diagnoses the recurring hernia.
Once the recurring hernia has been diagnosed, the issue becomes twofold. First, the hernia must be repaired again. And second, the mesh needs to be located and possibly removed to avoid other potential problems.
No one should have to go through multiple surgeries because of defective hernia mesh. When your life, savings, and income is impacted this drastically by defective hernia mesh, it’s important that you find a lawyer who understands defective product and product liability cases and gives you the strength you need to go after the deep-pockets of the medical device manufacturer in your surgery mesh lawsuit. At Hernia Mesh Settlements, we have a nationwide network of lawyers who are ready to represent your surgery mesh lawsuit with no retainer.