If you’ve ever had a hernia, then you know how excruciating it can be. You’ll do whatever is necessary to relieve the incredible pain you’re experiencing. Whatever a doctor suggests, a patient with a hernia is likely to agree to. In many cases, that means agreeing to a surgery, which then means agreeing to the use of surgical mesh.
The Food and Drug Administration defines mesh as a “medical device that is used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue.” Mesh comes in many different forms. It can be made from synthetic materials or from animal tissue. It can be knitted or in sheet form. Mesh can be implanted on a permanent basis or it can be a mesh that will dissolve after a certain period.
Unfortunately, as much as mesh can be helpful in treating a patient with a hernia, many types of surgical mesh have been recalled because they pose a major threat to patients. Surgical remedies for hernias come with several potential risks, but when a surgeon uses a defective hernia mesh, the complications can be even more extreme than the original injury.
The FDA found through its research that adverse events involving hernia mesh include:
- Hernia recurrence
- Bowel obstruction.
Those complications can involve mesh that hasn’t been subjected to recalls.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
There have been several recalls of surgical mesh. While that means that some of the mesh most prone to failure is no longer on the market, there are still many patients who have had defective mesh implanted in their bodies. There are also many different makers of mesh and, as we have already seen, so many different types of mesh on the market, that there are likely several more types of mesh that could be harming patients even though they haven’t been recalled yet.
Recalls are important for the safety of patients but, unfortunately, products are often recalled only after serious damage has been suffered by many patients. It’s important for patients who have had hernia mesh used in their surgical procedures to be aware of the complications commonly associated with defective mesh so they can seek medical help and take legal action.
What to Do if You’re Hurt by Hernia Mesh
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered serious harm from hernia mesh, you should get medical attention and contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant to learn more about your options. In addition to the many physical complications that can occur from faulty hernia mesh, there are also many other consequences for patients. Getting additional surgeries or treatment can be very costly. Injury or illness might also lead to time away from work, costing a patient money at a time when they have additional medical bills to pay.
We offer free consultations so you can discuss the details of your case and find out if you might have grounds for filing an injury claim. By taking legal action, you might be able to receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 1(800) 444-5000.