Surgical hernia repairs using a mesh implant can have long lasting and painful side effects for patients. A synthetic mesh implant can be made from sheets of either knitted or non-knitted polypropylene plastic. This plastic mesh is meant to strengthen the weak or torn tissue that allow intestines or other organs to protrude through the abdominal wall or groin. Unfortunately, these implants can have adverse health effects such as abdominal adhesions, bowel obstructions, bowel perforations, or mesh migration. All of these side effects can cause severe chronic pain and may require additional surgery to correct.
Abdominal adhesions are caused when bands of scar tissue develop that connect tissues or even organs together. Not all adhesions are painful. However, those that restrict the passage of food through the intestines or that put pressure on a nerve inside the abdomen can be extremely painful. The pain is usually described as similar to abdominal cramps that may come and go. Additional surgery can be used to treat adhesions, however, there is always the chance that the adhesions can regrow inside the abdomen. If adhesions become severe enough, they can lead to bowel obstructions.
Bowel obstruction occurs when either the large or small intestine become blocked, and food can no longer pass through normally. This can become a life-threatening condition marked by severe pain, especially just after eating, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation and may require immediate medical attention. Additional surgery is usually needed to repair a bowel obstruction.
Another adverse effect of hernia mesh implants is the perforation of organs in the body, also known as fistulas. This is caused when the mesh rubs against an abdominal organ and essentially tears a hole in such. In cases where the bowel is perforated, this can lead to feces or digestive juices leaking out of the intestine and into the peritoneum, the main abdominal cavity. This can cause pain, bleeding, dangerous infection and even death if not treated quickly.
In rare cases the mesh implant can become dislodged from the original surgical site and move to other parts of the body. This is known as mesh migration. As the implant migrates within the body, such can erode organs it comes into contact with -- including the bladder or intestines. This complication can happen years after the initial surgery. The symptoms can include bleeding, infection and severe pain.
If you or a loved one has had chronic pain, required revision surgeries or other health complications caused by a hernia mesh implant, you are not alone. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. These adverse effects may require ongoing care years after the initial surgery. Consider joining a hernia mesh lawsuit in order to address these concerns.
— Jack Ter-Saakyan, Esq.
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