Many people have suffered complications and side effects from hernia repair surgery using surgical mesh products. Some of the adverse reactions, like chronic pain and organ damage, are so severe that the patient has to undergo another surgery to remove the mesh. However, hernia mesh can rarely be removed safely.
Complications of Hernia Mesh
The safety of hernia mesh for surgery is debatable. Many patients who underwent hernia surgery involving hernia mesh have suffered several different types of complications. Common side effects and dangers of hernia mesh include:
- Pain around the surgical site
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage
- Hernia recurrence
- Adhesion of the tissue surrounding the site
- Bowel obstruction
- Bowel perforation
- Mesh rejection
Although these complications are serious, mesh removal comes with its own dangers.
Dangers Associated with Mesh Removal
The medical community is divided about whether to remove hernia mesh. While some believe it is possible to remove safely, many others fear that removing hernia mesh, either by laparoscopy or open surgical technique, can damage the bladder, gut, spermatic cord, or blood vessels.
The dangers do not stop there. Mesh removal can also cause nerve damage. Surgeons are also concerned with the potential for hernia recurrence. For these reasons, hernia mesh cannot be removed safely. If you believe you are suffering complications associated with your hernia mesh, we recommend speaking with your doctor about your options.
Once you have spoken to your doctor and received the treatment you need, consider contacting a defective hernia mesh lawsuit lawyer to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim against the mesh manufacturer.
Alternatives to Meshectomy
There are potential alternatives to removing your hernia mesh. You should always discuss your plans with your doctor, but the following may relieve the pain and other complications associated with hernia mesh:
- Prescription drugs like opioids and gabapentinoids
- Injections of corticosteroids
- Local anesthetics
- Physical therapy
- Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS)
We Can Help If You Are Experiencing Complications from Defective Hernia Mesh
If you or a loved one experiences complications or side effects after a hernia repair that used surgical mesh, get a medical evaluation right away, and talk with a hernia mesh lawsuit attorney. The mesh used may have been defective. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. This compensation can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Medical expenses (This can include any future surgeries and any medications or treatments required to alleviate the pain.)
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Our team can help you determine how much your hernia mesh lawsuit might be worth. Be sure to get started as soon as possible to avoid overstepping your state's statute of limitations for a hernia mesh lawsuit.