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McGartland Law is currently investigating possible lawsuits on behalf of patients who have experienced health problems related to hernia mesh implants. If you or someone you love required surgery due to a failed hernia mesh implant, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Let the experienced team with McGartland Law help you explore your legal options. Our firm offers no-cost and no-obligation initial consultations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss the details of your case.
What is a Hernia?
A hernia is a place where organ or other tissue pushes through the surrounding muscle and creates a protuberance where there shouldn't be one. This is especially dangerous when organ tissue is involved since the organ can be pinched and deprived of blood flow, leading to necrosis, disease or, in some rare cases, death. While most common in the stomach, they can also affect other areas; groin hernias are one of the most common types of abdominal hernia.
Anyone can develop a hernia, though obesity, diet, hard labor and failed incisions are some of the most common factors. Hernias do not always worsen, but they do not go away without medical intervention. Even after medical intervention to repair a hernia, that surgery can leave a patient dealing with persistent pain at the site of a hernia.
Hernias can be painful, chronic and life-threatening, which means many patients seek a surgical repair option to fix their hernia. Hernia repair can be minimally invasive and involve sutures, or for larger hernias, an implant might be needed.
What is a Hernia Mesh Implant?
A hernia mesh implant is an artificial mesh product used in hernia repair surgeries. The mesh, most made of a cheap type of plastic called polypropylene, is used as a framework in hernia repair to support weak or damaged tissue. Hernia mesh products are designed to prevent tissue from moving through any available opening in the muscular wall. For several years, installing a mesh patch at the location of a hernia was considered a reliable and safe treatment method. However, recent complaints and hernia mesh lawsuits call the safety of this treatment method into question.
Complications from Hernia Mesh Implants
While hernia mesh is advertised to reduce the incidence of reoccurrence by half, injury reports and lawsuits filed by hernia mesh patients report that hernia mesh implants cause severe complications. With polypropylene hernia mesh products, the mesh has been reported to break down in the body, causing a series of potential complications. Coated mesh, or composite mesh, is particularly problematic, as the coatings are absorbable by the body and may place additional strain on organs used to filter toxins like the kidneys and liver. Reported hernia mesh complications include:
Perforation of the bowel
Damage to nearby organs
Extreme, chronic pain
Scar tissues and adhesions
Movement or migration of the plug to different areas
Rejection of the plug
Inflammation and redness
Blockages or obstructions of the intestinal tract
Vomiting and nausea
Unexplained illness or symptoms that seem to have no real cause
Additional procedures, either surgical or laparoscopic, designed to correct secondary hernias
However, no two set of symptoms will be the same. If you experience one or more of the symptoms and they last for longer than a few hours, you should immediately seek medical attention.
Types of Defective Hernia Mesh Implants
While thousands of patients report complications with a hernia mesh implant, very few of these products have been recalled. Hernia mesh lawsuits cite a variety of issues failed mesh implants have caused, though manufacturers have been slow to respond. Many hernia and surgical mesh products have been pulled from the market with no official recall on record. In general, hernia mesh lawsuits have generated more than 4,000 cases in the last few years, spurring judges to form hernia mesh litigations to address the thousands of lawsuits. Some of the recalls currently in effect include the Physiomesh flexible composite mesh, Proceed Surgical Mesh, Prolene Mesh, and several others.
Some of the specific hernia mesh implant models that have been the source of complications and lawsuits include:
If you have had a hernia mesh implant and have started to have severe symptoms with no other apparent cause, your device may be failing. Never take chances with your health. If the pain persists and there is still no apparent cause, visit your doctor immediately. If your hernia mesh device is the cause, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They will review your case and determine whether or not you have grounds for a lawsuit.
If your hernia mesh implant fails and starts to cause serious symptoms, it can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Additional surgeries can result in loss of work, missed days with your family, and a higher risk of infection or other complications. Contact a personal injury attorney to find out how they can help you get compensation for your injury. They will be able to get you the compensation you need to cover your additional medical expenses as well as any time you will have to miss from work. Don't wait to find out! Call a personal injury attorney today to have all of your questions answered. There are many others who have filed hernia mesh lawsuits and received compensation. You deserve to get the help you need!