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April 2, 2018

Hernia Mesh Patient Lawsuits

Did Your Hernia Mesh Fail?

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 an 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.

Hernias happen when an organ or fatty tissue slips through a weakness in the surrounding muscle. 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 get a hernia. Anything that presses an organ or tissue through a weak spot or opening in the surrounding muscle can cause a hernia, including:

  • Coughing
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Diarrhea
  • Sneezing
  • Constipation

Hernias do not always worsen, but they do not go away without medical intervention. That can leave a patient dealing with persistent pain at the site of a hernia. For several years, installing a mesh patch at the location of a hernia was considered a reliable and safe treatment method. Recent complaints and hernia mesh lawsuits in general may call the safety of this treatment method into question. 

Hernia Treatment

There are several types of hernia surgeries designed to repair the weak spot in the muscle. For smaller hernias, suture repairs work well, without the added dangers posed by an implant. For larger hernias, a mesh is often considered a good choice given the fragility of sutures. Several suture techniques exist to surgically correct hernias without the use of mesh. Suture repairs come with significantly fewer potential complications. Hernia mesh comes with a list of potential complications that include everything from the standard increased risk of infection to dental problems. Some of the most common risks include:

  • Infection
  • Adhesion
  • Obstruction of the Bowels
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Rashes
  • Depending on the site, leg, groin and testicular pain 
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation 
  • Nausea
  • Seroma
  • Meshoma

Other less common and less direct potential complications include autoimmune disorders and a variety of symptoms that go along with them, dental issues, fistula, renal failure, liver abnormalities and more. 

Hernia Mesh versus Sutures

Suture dissolve into the body with minimal risks of complications. They add no more risk than any other surgery. In fact, some suture techniques do not even require the use of general anesthesia. With hernia mesh, the mesh can break down in the body, causing a series of potential complications. Coated mesh is particularly problematic as the coatings are absorbable and may place additional strain on organs used to filter toxins like the kidneys and liver. 

Hernia Mesh Recalls and Pulls

While thousands of patients report complications with a hernia mesh implant, relatively few of these products have been the subject of recalls. Hernia mesh lawsuits in general cite a variety of issues, though manufacturers have been slow to respond. Many products have been pulled from the market, with no official recall on record.  Hernia mesh lawsuits in general have generated more than 3,000 cases in the last few years. Some of the recalls currently in effect include the Physiomesh flexible composite mesh, Proceed Surgical Mesh, Prolene Mesh, and several others. Not all of these recalls specifically deal with increased rates of complications and revision surgeries. 

 

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