If your hernia was repaired with surgical mesh implant and are suffering complications that include an increase in pain, it may indicate a potentially dangerous problem. Your body could be rejecting the mesh implant. It is important to know the symptoms of hernia mesh rejection.
The most common hernia mesh rejection symptoms are:
- Debilitating abdominal pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Flu-like symptoms including fever and chills
- Chronic pain
- Fistula formation (abnormal connection between two organs)
- Redness and inflammation near the incision site
Symptoms of hernia mesh rejection often present slowly and can sometimes be easily dismissed as signs of a bad cold or flu. Ultimately, though, they develop into health complications that can be difficult and expensive to treat. Even if it has been years since the initial hernia mesh repair, patients should talk to their surgeons about these symptoms as soon as possible.
Understanding Hernia Mesh Infection and How It Is Treated
Infection is one of the possible hernia mesh implant side effects. Mesh infections can present up to a year or more after hernia repair surgery. Known as a late-onset deep mesh infection, the mesh produces a severe inflammatory reaction in the body. Unfortunately, as the use of synthetic materials in hernia repair increases, the number of patients with late-onset deep infection is also rising.
Diagnosing a late-onset deep mesh infection is not difficult with physical and imaging examinations. Imaging tests and X-rays can confirm if the mesh implant has moved to other parts of the body or if it has fallen apart.
Typical symptoms characteristic of a late-onset deep mesh infection include:
- Chronic pain
- Red, swollen, tender skin near the surgical site
- Visible pus, at times
- Abnormal connections between internal organs, intestines, or blood vessels
There are not many options currently available for treating hernia mesh implant infections. Usually, a high dose of antibiotics is prescribed first in the hopes of penetrating the local tissue. Unfortunately, this type of treatment puts patients at risk for associated complications, including developing resistance to antibiotics.
The only other option when the aggressive treatment of antibiotics fails to clear the infection is the removal of the mesh implant. Such removal surgeries are dangerous, difficult, and rarely successful.
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FDA Recall of Hernia Mesh Implants
Manufacturers have a duty and responsibility to put quality products into the marketplace. FDA recalls happen when there is a probable chance that using a defective product will cause serious or even deadly health consequences.
Thousands of patients suffering from complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh have been reported to the FDA. Many of these complications are associated with recalled mesh products that are no longer on the market.
The most common complications associated with recalled mesh are:
The FDA found that the leading cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications involved recalled mesh products. Despite the recent hernia mesh recalls, patients still experience complications with those mesh implants still on the market.
Hernia Mesh Implant Patients Take Legal Action
Throughout the country, more and more hernia mesh implant patients are filing personal injury and product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts. The lawsuits predominantly claim that the hernia mesh implants have both manufacturing and design defects that directly cause dangerous complications to implant patients.
Usually, patients who have experienced mesh failure shortly after their surgery file complaints. Patients whose symptoms presented years after their hernia repair surgery should also contact a lawyer for legal advice.
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Types of Damages Patients Can Recover
The severity of your injuries and how they impacted your life will be major factors in assessing the value of your hernia mesh claim. Patients often seek compensation for many types of damages, including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disabilities, impairment, or disfigurement
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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Deadlines
Statutes of limitations are deadlines established by each state for filing lawsuits. Patients often seek the guidance and expertise of a personal injury lawyer to explain how these deadlines can affect their case. Patients who are experiencing complications from hernia mesh rejection should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to avoid losing out on an opportunity to file a lawsuit. Our team can help you understand if you qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit.
Speak With a Hernia Mesh Lawyer Today
If hernia mesh complications have negatively impacted your life, contact the team at Zanes Law today. We can help you understand your rights. Defective medical device claims are time sensitive. Call 866-499-8989 today for a free and confidential consultation.