Have you developed complications including pain, bleeding, or infection following surgery that used mesh to repair a hernia? If so, this is a distressing time for you and your family. You may feel exhausted, frightened, and overwhelmed. You may wonder how you’ll pay the medical bills and provide for your family. You may ask yourself, “How did this happen? It was supposed to be a quick, uncomplicated surgery.”
You have every right to feel the way you do. The use of mesh in the treatment of hernias is intended to provide a solution through a minimally invasive procedure with a quick recovery time. It is not supposed to cause harm. Sadly, however, that is what sometimes happens.
Hernia mesh is designed to become integrated into the tissues surrounding the implantation site, strengthening the weakened area, and resolving pain from the hernia. In some cases, the treatment works as planned and patients experience an improved quality of life through a relatively mild surgery. Unfortunately, in other cases, the mesh can shrink, causing tightening and intense pain. Another more serious possibility is that part of the mesh material does not get absorbed into the tissue as intended and instead remains free inside the implantation area. The sharp edges of the mesh can perforate surrounding organs, and, depending on where the hernia was located, may cause multiple adverse symptoms including:
- Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
- Hernia recurrence
- Intestinal blockage
- Perforation (a hole in neighboring tissues or organs)
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage (contraction)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately for medical treatment. If you need help locating a doctor, call Avram Blair & Associates, P.C. at (800) 634-7490. We can also help you determine if you have a case to file suit and recover compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered as a result of the hernia mesh implantation.