In the U.S., hernia repair is one of the most commonly performed surgeries. In fact, more than a million people undergo this surgical procedure every year. A medical device, referred to as surgical mesh, is often used in hernia repair surgeries in order to ensure additional support to damaged or weakened tissue. People who have had a mesh implanted as part of their hernia repair surgery and have experienced complications may qualify for filing hernia mesh lawsuits.
Hernia Mesh Failure
It is a fact that the surgical mesh is being used in hernia repair surgeries since the 1950s. Moreover, mesh-based hernia repairs increased by leaps and bounds since the 1980s, and by 2000, only 10% of the groin hernia repair surgeries were carried without using the mesh. However, it has never been a risk-free option. A failure of the hernia repair mesh causes serious complications and side effects, including recurrence.
According to a study published in Surgical Endoscopy, a medical journal, 42% of the people who underwent mesh-based hernia repair surgeries experienced infections. Further, 18% of the sample group experienced mechanical failure of the mesh. Less than 10% of the people suffered severe pain, adhesion’s and rejection of the mesh by the body.
Another study found that 20% to 30% of mesh-based hiatal hernia surgeries failed, causing esophageal damage. They often required additional surgery and were forced to live with permanent impairment of the digestive system.
Symptoms related to failure of the hernia mesh implant repair include the following:
· Internal bleeding
· Tissue erosion at the repair site
· Recurrence of hernia at the surgery site
They can be disabling, sometimes even life-threatening, and require treatments using antibiotics, blood transfusions, or additional surgeries. The USFDA issued a warning about the side effects of using mesh in hernia repair surgeries.
Are You a Candidate For a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?
Hernia repair surgeries are never guaranteed fixes. If the mesh used in your case has been defective and caused an injury to you, you may be eligible for compensation. It is, therefore, important to talk to one of our experienced lawyers so he can find out details about the mesh that was used during your hernia repair surgery in order to assess the possibility of filing a hernia mesh lawsuit.
Your surgeon’s office or the hospital’s medical records department would provide a copy of the surgery report or other documents that provides information as regards to the mesh used. If you know what product has been used, we can find out if the FDA has issued any warnings or recalls for this specific product. After establishing the fact that a defective product has been used when performing the hernia repair for you, a doctor or surgeon must diagnose the injury that the defective product has caused to you.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
If you, your friend or a family member has suffered complications following a hernia repair surgery, contact us today to talk to a lawyer who has experience in dealing with such cases to have a clear understanding of your legal rights and ascertain if you are entitled for any compensation. Our experienced lawyers will have the required knowledge to review the cause of injury and evaluate if a recalled mesh has caused the complications in your specific case. All of our lawyers dealing with hernia mesh lawsuits provide free consultations.