Hernias are a common health issue for Americans. The FDA reports that more than one million hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S. A hernia happens when and organ, intestine, or fatty tissue is forced through a hole in a muscle or connective tissue. This is caused by excessive pressure and a weakened area of muscle or tissue.
Once a hernia occurs, surgery is the only option for a complete repair. Knowing this, some patients still elect to forgo surgery if they are not suffering from further complications or harsh symptoms.
For hernia repair surgeries, doctors often use a surgical mesh to strengthen and repair the hole in a patient’s muscle or tissue. The FDA reports that using surgical mesh reduces a patient’s time in surgery, reducing their recovery time, and reducing their risk of hernia recurrence. Despite the benefits of using mesh, certain types of mesh products have been recalled due to their dangerous side effects. They can migrate and constrict after surgery causing many adverse reactions including pain, infection, recurrence of the hernia, buildup of scar-like tissue that sticks together, bowel obstruction, and perforation in neighboring tissue.
Symptoms to watch for are: abdominal pain, rashes, fever, leg pain, groin pain, joint pain, nerve pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, dental problems, autoimmune disorders, neurological changes, nerve damage, and problems with the liver or kidneys.
If you or someone you know has experienced a serious side effect from a recalled hernia mesh product, call us at 1-800-248-6000. We can help!