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What Types of Surgical Mesh Can Be Dangerous?

Published on Mar 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Product Liability.

When undergoing surgery, it’s common for people to be nervous about the procedure. They may worry more if the surgery involves adding a medical device to their bodies. One medical device that people may receive is surgical mesh, which helps damaged tissues by providing them with support.

But sometimes surgical mesh doesn’t do its job and causes more health problems for the patient that requires more surgery to correct them. If this happens to you, you should know that you don’t have to go through this alone. An Omaha hernia mesh lawyer from Welsh & Welsh can go over your case and get you compensation for your injuries.

What Is Hernia Mesh For?

One major surgical mesh that is causing adverse effects is hernia mesh implants. Hernias happen when an organ or fatty tissue goes through muscle or connective tissue. While they mainly occur in the abdominal wall, hernias can occur in the stomach and thigh areas.

Hernias can recur easily. Surgeons use mesh because it’s supposed to help the weakened tissue heal. When the surgery to implant the mesh is successful and the patient doesn’t experience further complications, it’s been found that the mesh reduces the hernia recurrence rate.

What Makes Hernia Mesh Dangerous?

Defective hernia mesh can cause health complications for the patient. Specifically, Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh patches have been found to have adverse effects. Patients who have gotten Ethicon Physiomesh patches may find that their bodies reject the patches, and their body reads the patch as something that should not be there. When the body sees the patch as a foreign object, it can cause adhesions that make the patch move from its original spot or rip.

When this is happening, patients can experience a number of painful symptoms. They can show up early, a few months after the surgery, or take up to a few years after the procedure. Inflammation, bleeding, adhesions, infections are all possible outcomes. There can even be a hernia recurrence, so the patch didn’t do its job and is now causing more problems.

While this issue is usually fixable, it requires another surgery to remove the mesh and repair the hernia if it came back. After the surgery, patients may need to take medication. In severe cases, patients could have to stay in the hospital.

If you’ve had this hernia mesh patch, you may want to talk to your surgeon regardless of how you feel. You can voice your concerns about the safety of this patch and whether or not they would advise you to get it removed.

When you speak up against dangerous medical devices, you’re showing manufacturers that they can and will be held accountable if they put a defective product on the market. You’re standing up for yourself and showing them that this can’t continue. You can get compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages, but you could also influence the manufacturing company that they need to change. This could potentially stop them from putting another dangerous device on the market that could harm people.