Fixing a Hernia
A hernia occurs when tissue or intestines break through a weak area in the body. Depending on how serious the hernia is, patients may choose to either monitor their pain or undergo surgery. A popular option, due to its ability to lower the rate of hernia recurrence, is a minimally invasive surgery using surgical mesh to alleviate the hernia. Three types of mesh may be used in the surgery:
- Synthetic (man-made material called polypropylene)
- Biologic (made from human tissue)
- Composite (a mix of synthetic and biologic)
Many patients who undergo a hernia repair surgery with surgical mesh typically return home the same day of the procedure, with an average recovery time of three weeks. Complications and side effects can occur due to the surgical technique or the type of mesh that was used.
A recent lawsuit involves a man who suffered negative side effects after the surgeon patched his hernia with a synthetic mesh. The man claims the manufacturer of the mesh, Atrium Medial Corp., hid the fact that the mesh was made out of materials that are incompatible with human tissue.
Common side effects mentioned in lawsuits against hernia mesh makers include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Hernia recurrence
According to a recent study, hernia mesh complications can occur up to five years after the repair surgery, which makes them difficult to diagnose. Additionally, since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require demonstration of long-term safety in regard to hernia mesh, the complete range of risks and complications is unknown. Keep an eye on your symptoms and contact your healthcare provider if you have any of these side effects.