Hernia Mesh Revision Surgery Lawsuit
Some people are filing hernia mesh revision surgery lawsuits following serious complications caused by defective mesh products.
Surgical mesh is often used to repair hernias, but severe and persistent pain or recurring hernias may require an additional surgery to correct. Patients who suffer serious adverse effects may be entitled to compensatory damages due to a defective product.
Contact a personal injury attorney from Chaffin Luhana for a free consultation to explore your legal options.
Hernia Mesh Complications
Serious hernia mesh complications are all-too-common. More than 90 percent of the 1 million hernia surgeries rely on hernia mesh to add support to the repair. However, nearly one-third of patients experience a complication within five years. Excessive pain is the most typical sign that something is wrong.
Common hernia mesh complications include:
- Adhesions – Scar-like tissue that clumps together, which can lead to a life-threatening bowel obstruction. Part of the intestine may require removal. Intraperitoneal surgery is a technique that puts mesh in sticky contact with the intestines. A 2009 study published in the British Journal of Surgery found that the body tends to absorb mesh coatings designed to prevent adhesion after a week.
- Bowel Obstruction – When hernia mesh migrates from its original location, it can become trapped in the intestinal loops, causing nausea, vomiting, and the inability to pass gas or stools. If left untreated, an obstruction can cut off the blood supply and cause parts of the intestine to die.
- Bowel Perforation – Jagged edges of hernia mesh may puncture or erode into the bowels, perforate the abdominal wall, or puncture another organ. Peritonitis, a dangerous form of inflammation, occurs if a bowel perforation allows fecal matter and bacteria into the abdominal cavity.
- Infection – Hernia mesh infections can happen at once or years down the road. Inflammation, fever, and flu-like symptoms are indicators. Sepsis is a life-threatening bloodstream infection resulting from a bowel perforation.
- Migration – Surgical mesh can fail, detach, and migrate through the abdomen, leading to abscesses, adhesions, fistulas, obstructions, and perforations.
- Recurrence – Mesh was designed to reinforce weakened tissue and prevent recurrence, but it is no guarantee. Mesh detachment or migration can cause a hernia to return. With mesh, recurrence rates range from 0-9.9%, depending on the technique used. Without mesh, recurrence rates are much higher, ranging from 0.2-25%.
- Rejection – Materials in the surgical mesh may trigger an immune response, causing the body to reject the mesh with swelling, tenderness, redness, and flu-like symptoms.
Hernia mesh complications can be diagnosed through a combination of x-rays, CT scans, and blood tests. Most of the time, a surgeon will recommend revision surgery as a way of removing damaged mesh and tissue and restoring corrective balance.
Hernia Mesh Correction Issues
Revision surgery is more complicated to perform than the original surgery. In addition to all the aforementioned hernia mesh correction issues, parts of the mesh may need to be located and extracted, and altered body parts repaired. Recovery for the patient is not only more time-consuming but more painful as well. This, in turn, can have a major impact on the patient’s mental and emotional wellbeing, causing persistent anxiety and depression.
Hernia Mesh Revision Side Effects
Contact a doctor immediately if you experience any of these adverse hernia mesh revision side effects:
- Difficulty urinating, excreting, or passing gas
- Drainage that is thick and discolored from the incision site
- Excessive pain, swelling, or bruising
- Flu-like symptoms
- High fever over 101 degrees
- Increased redness at the incision site
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stiffness in the abdomen
Learn More About Filing a Hernia Mesh Revision Lawsuit
There are no statistics indicating how likely revision surgery is needed for hernia mesh, but a number of lawsuits have been filed against hernia mesh manufacturers like Atrium, Bard Inc, Covidien, Ethicon, Genzyme, and Gore Medical, listing “the need for revision surgery” as a mesh side effect.
Plaintiffs claim the mesh was defectively designed, made, and marketed without warning. They seek damages to cover hospital fees, doctor copays, surgery expenses, medication, and lost wages.
Additional compensation is often granted for an estimation of “pain and suffering,” which includes the physical hardships one has endured, limitations to mobility, the impact on one’s relationships and ability to work, and the loss of enjoyment in life.
In rare cases where “gross negligence” or “malicious conduct” can be proven, punitive damages may increase the settlement or jury award value considerably.
Sometimes the surgeon, other medical professionals, or the healthcare facility may be found liable. Surgeons may leave a tool inside the patient’s body, use an impractical technique, fail to ensure a clean working environment, or fail to follow a standard protocol for the procedure used. A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed in addition to or in lieu of a product liability lawsuit.
If you suffered complications from a hernia repair surgery, it is always worth calling a personal injury attorney once you’ve sought immediate medical attention. At Chaffin Luhana, your hernia mesh lawsuit consultation is always free, and as our client, you pay nothing unless we win.