Hernia or Surgical Mesh is a medical device used by surgeons to reinforce and support weakened or damaged tissue. Most hernia mesh is made from a synthetic material called polypropylene, which can cause significant medical complications. Polypropylene mesh is manufactured as either knitted mesh or non-knitted sheet forms, and it can be absorbable, non-absorbable or a combination. The synthetic non-absorbable mesh will remain in the body indefinitely and is considered a permanent implant. The absorbable mesh is supposed to degrade and lose strength over time so that new tissue growth will provide strength to the repair.
HERNIA MESH DANGERS
Hernia mesh frequently causes life-threatening complications as it can erode into the bowel, affect the small and large intestines, require multiple additional surgeries for extraction and partial bowel removal, weeks of hospitalization, colostomies, systemic infections, and more. Recently there has also been observed high rates of dental infections associated with hernia mesh failure. Various complications can occur depending on what part of the body the mesh is placed. The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh, include:
- HERNIA RECURRENCE
- ADHESIONS (SCAR-LIKE TISSUE THAT STICKS TISSUES TOGETHER)
- BOWEL OBSTRUCTION
- OBSTRUCTION OF THE LARGE OR SMALL INTESTINES
- MESH MIGRATION & SHRINKAGE (CONTRACTION)
- ABNORMAL CONNECTION BETWEEN ORGANS, VESSELS, OR INTESTINES (FISTULA)
- FLUID BUILD UP AT THE SURGICAL SITE (SEROMA)
- HOLES IN THE NEIGHBORING TISSUES OR ORGANS (PERFORATION)
INCREASED MANUFACTURER PROFITS + SILENT RECALLS
Hernia mesh manufacturers quickly recognized the high demand for coated or composite hernia mesh. The companies increased their price for composite mesh about 15-20 times more than the uncoated polypropylene mesh. Hernia mesh manufacturers rushed to create and sell several different types of composite hernia mesh to get a cut of the big profits, and if one type of composite mesh caused too many side effects, the company would silently stop making that particular composite mesh and push sales of its other ones. We call this a “silent” recall because the company is basically pulling a defective product from the market without warning patients.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT INJURIES RELATED TO HERNIA MESH?
If you or a loved one have been affected by injuries related to Hernia Mesh, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact us at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation or request a case review here.