Hernia repair surgeries are among one of the most common medical procedures performed globally, with millions of operations taking place each year. In many of these surgeries, hernia mesh, a medical device designed to provide additional support to the weakened area, is used to prevent the recurrence of a hernia. Although hernia mesh can be a beneficial medical tool, a growing number of recipients have begun to report complications and health issues tied to these devices. If you or a loved one has suffered from hernia mesh-related complications, understanding the risks and available legal options is critical.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a surgical product, typically made from synthetic materials such as polypropylene, polyester, or ePTFE, which is used to reinforce the hernia repair and reduce the rate of recurrence. These meshes can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes, with some being designed for specific types of hernia repairs. Despite initial considerations of safety, some types of hernia mesh have been linked to serious health complications post-surgery.
Hernia Mesh Complications
The range of potential issues with hernia mesh can be extensive, and some recipients experience severe and sometimes life-threatening complications. Some of the most frequently reported problems associated with hernia mesh implants are:
1. Mesh Migration: The hernia mesh can move from its original position, potentially leading to organ perforation or obstruction in the intestines.
2. Adhesion: This refers to the hernia mesh sticking to tissues and organs, causing chronic pain and complications with organ function.
3. Infection: Surgical mesh can increase the risk of infections, which can sometimes be persistent and difficult to treat.
4. Chronic Pain: Many patients experience prolonged pain after the surgery which can be due to nerve damage or the body’s reaction to the mesh.
5. Mesh Shrinkage: Over time, the mesh can shrink, leading to inadequate coverage of the hernia site and possible hernia recurrence.
6. Bowel Obstruction: Mesh can obstruct the intestines, a severe condition that may require additional surgical intervention.
7. Rejection: The body may recognize the mesh as a foreign object and reject it, causing inflammation and other immune reactions.
The FDA and Hernia Mesh Recalls
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring the safety of hernia mesh products and has issued numerous recalls over the years for specific brands and models that have been linked to a high rate of complications. In some cases, the FDA recalls are due to the design of the mesh, the materials used, or issues during the manufacturing process.
Patients suffering from hernia mesh complications may experience not only physical harm but also financial burdens from additional medical expenses, lost wages, and a reduced quality of life.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
As awareness of these complications grows, many individuals affected by faulty hernia mesh designs have begun to seek legal action against manufacturers. These lawsuits allege that companies producing hernia mesh implants were negligent in designing, manufacturing, and marketing these products. Some litigation also claims that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn patients and physicians of the potential for severe complications.
A key element of these lawsuits is proving that the hernia mesh caused harm due to its defective nature. Engaging an experienced legal team well-versed in such medical device litigation can be instrumental in building a strong case and attaining fair compensation for damages sustained.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured by Hernia Mesh
If you suspect that your or a loved one’s health issues are related to a hernia mesh implant, taking prompt action is essential:
1. Seek Medical Attention: Consult with a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat complications as soon as possible.
2. Keep Detailed Records: Document symptoms, medical visits, treatments, and any communication with healthcare providers.
3. Research the Mesh: Determine the manufacturer and model of hernia mesh used in your surgery, as this information is critical for potential litigation.
4. Reach Out For Legal Consultation: Speak with an attorney to understand your rights and the potential for seeking compensation for your injuries and related losses.
How Cellino Law Can Help
At Cellino Law, our team of seasoned attorneys have years of experience in helping those who have been harmed by defective medical devices like hernia mesh. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that these complications can take on individuals and their families. Our firm is committed to holding negligent manufacturers accountable and obtaining the justice and compensation our clients deserve.
If you or a loved one is experiencing adverse effects from a hernia mesh implant, do not hesitate to reach out for help. The time to act is now, as statutes of limitations apply to personal injury claims, and waiting could jeopardize your ability to seek remediation.
Contact Cellino Law for a free consultation to explore your options at (888)-888-8888. Together, we will review your case, advise you on the best course of action, and support you through every step of the process. Get the compensation you deserve and start your journey towards recovery. Contact Cellino Law today.
Content checked by the personal injury attorney Ross Cellino. As a family man and a trial attorney, I pride myself on winning cases and serving the community. With over 35 years of experience, I understand the function of a jury, how juries arrive at conclusions, and the role that the jury plays in administering justice. I know how to win cases. You can find us in Manhattan, Buffalo, Melville, Rochester, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and other locations throughout New York.
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