Dangers of Hernia Mesh Implants
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of John H. (Jack) Hickey with Hickey Law Firm.
Hernias occur when an intestine or other kind of tissue pokes through a weak section of muscle, often appearing as a visible bulge from outside the body. Hernias can arise from a variety of causes, often in the inner groin, naval, or upper stomach depending on the type of hernia in question. While hernia mesh implants have been considered a standard treatment for hernias for some time, they can present considerable risks to the patients. If you or a loved one have suffered due to a hernia mesh implant, reach out to a hernia mesh attorney who will be familiar with the nature of your case.
Hernia mesh has long been considered an acceptable treatment for hernias.
A hernia mesh implant is a medical device in which mesh material is used to reinforce the weakened tissue through which the hernia is protruding. This seals the unwanted openings in the tissue and prevents the hernia from continuing by holding the intestine in place, something like a bearing wall.
However, when hernia mesh failure occurs, the results can be painful and dangerous.
When a hernia mesh implantation fails or breaks down over time, the patient is likely to experience severe pain and recurring infections. Not only is this a significant risk to a patient's health, but to their ability to enjoy and engage with life as well. If you or a loved one begin feeling pain or discomfort at the sight of the hernia mesh implantation shortly or anytime after implantation, talk to a doctor as soon as possible about the possibility of hernia mesh failure.
Symptoms that could indicate hernia mesh failure include the following:
- Pain or discomfort near the site of the hernia
- Signs of infection
- Inability to use the bathroom (i.e. bowel obstruction)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hernia recurrence
Some hernia mesh devices have been recalled, and others are under investigation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been activity monitoring the adverse effects of hernia mesh implants and has already recalled some models. Other types of hernia mesh implants are under active investigation or may be facing current litigation. If you are unsure whether your hernia mesh implant has been recalled or is facing current litigation, reach out to a hernia mesh attorney.
Hernia mesh attorneys have a specific skill set and knowledge of hernia mesh failures.
When seeking legal counsel or representation regarding a failed hernia mesh implant, it is particularly important to find an attorney with experience handling hernia mesh cases. These cases are unique and require knowledge of similar pending lawsuits and outcomes which a standard personal injury attorney may not have. Request a free consultation to sit down with an attorney and discuss their experience handling cases like yours before officially choosing your representation.
If you believe your hernia mesh implant may be defective, take the following steps:
- Identify the manufacturer of your implant. Hernia mesh implants are produced by a variety of manufacturers. If you can ascertain the manufacturer of your particular implant, this can quickly help a hernia mesh attorney identify if there is current ongoing litigation regarding your implant or if your lawsuit will be the first against that particular manufacturer.
- Find the date of your hernia mesh implantation. It is important to know the date of the original hernia mesh implantation surgery, in addition to any other surgeries related to the issue. Every state has a different statute of limitations regarding how long after the surgery a person may file a claim, and an attorney will likely want to compare dates of effective recalls with the date of your surgery to see if medical malpractice also played a part in your complications.
- Talk to a hernia mesh attorney. These attorneys are experienced in product liability claims in general and hernia mesh cases specifically. They know exactly what kind of evidence to look for to build a strong case, and will be able to point you toward resources that can help in your recovery.
To learn more about the dangers of hernia mesh implants or for help filing a claim, reach out to a hernia mesh attorney.