Hernias occur when a part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of the overlying muscle. Hernia surgery is among the most common surgeries performed and each year thousands of Americans undergo hernia repair. To effectively repair hernias, surgeons employ a variety of methods — including the use of synthetic meshes. Synthetic meshes are used in 90% of hernia surgeries to strengthen a hernia repair and to lessen the chance of recurrence. There are currently over 50 different types of synthetic meshes used by surgeons. Different manufacturers produce meshes that vary in material, thickness, additives, and manufacturing techniques.
Unfortunately, a significant number of hernia repair patients develop medical complications reportedly related to some of the commonly used polypropylene and other mesh products. Certain mesh products have been linked to chronic pain, inflammation, infection, weakening of surrounding tissue, adherence to underlying organs, rejection, mesh failure, and hernia recurrence.
In addition, some synthetic meshes have been reported to change shape after being implanted or to migrate from their implanted location, causing damage to surrounding organs. Serious complications can include bowel perforation, bowel obstruction, scarring, adhesions, fistulas, abscesses, and widespread infection even leading to death. Hernia mesh complications can occur early after surgery or years later and may require extensive treatment including additional surgeries.
Dozens of hernia mesh products have already been recalled by both the FDA and voluntarily by the manufacturers due to these reported complications. Brands including Atrium, Bard, Ethicon, and others have recalled some of their mesh product lines.
If you or a loved one have suffered from complications after hernia mesh surgery, call the attorneys at Cellino Law. It is not necessary for you to know the specific mesh used — our team of experienced attorneys will identify your mesh product and fight for your rights to ensure that you and your family get the justice that you deserve. There are no costs or fees unless we recover for you. Call us today at (800) 555-5555 today to schedule your FREE consultation.