The use of meshes to repair hernias has become standard over the past few decades in the United States, and around the world. Unfortunately, clinicians have been challenged the past few years by an increasing rate of infectious complications, and it is important to know what the possibilities of infection are, and what to look for after surgery. According to a recent study, the reported incidence of mesh-related infection following hernia repair surgery has been between 1%-8%. Typically, medical, and sometimes surgical care is necessary with a mesh infection. There are generally six signs to be aware of after a hernia mesh surgery and if you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may qualify to participate in a hernia mesh lawsuit.
- INFLAMMATION – If your abdomen is tender and painful and swollen after surgery, it could mean inflammation. Many times, the meshes used are made from Polypropylene, which tends to cause internal inflammation, so a stronger bond and tissue grows around the mesh, but for some people, this inflammation continues, causing chronic pain.
- YOU AREN’T HEALING – Pay attention to the incision site. Infected hernia mesh might prevent healing of the incision site, and it will stay pink and tender, and sometimes form a seroma, or fluid filled build-up at the incision. It is typically tender and painful.
- PAIN IN THE GROIN – Many times, there will be pain after surgery in this area, but if the pain continues and it becomes difficult to interfere with your daily activities, it could mean your hernia mesh is infected. This pain can be debilitating and can cause nerve damage from scar tissue.
- INCISION WARMTH – It is important to realize that with infection comes warmth. So, again, pay attention to the incision and make sure it is of a normal temperature. Even if you don’t have any fluid build-up, check the temperature of the site. If it is warm or hot, it could indicate a hernia mesh infection.
- FLU SYMPTOMS – Many times, people might feel flu-like symptoms when fighting an infection. Your body is attempting to get rid of the infection and one might experience chills, fever, nausea, or vomiting. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, make sure to see a doctor immediately.
- DENTAL ISSUES – Apparently, there has been a link to severe dental issues after hernia mesh surgeries lately, and you need to pay attention to your teeth feeling weak, infected, painful or chipping/falling out easily after surgery. If you experience any teeth pain or issues following a hernia mesh surgery, please see a doctor immediately.
Up to 8% of people who undergo a hernia mesh surgery will deal with infection. Studies have shown that the rate of infection is considerably influenced by many factors of the patient’s health. People with diabetes, immunosuppression, or obesity tend to have increased infection rates. So, if you have had, or are planning to have hernia mesh surgery, it is important to pay attention to your body, and incision so that if any of these symptoms occur, you can get to the doctor, and then see if you are qualified to be part of a hernia mesh lawsuit.