An inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia and occurs when intestinal tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object. Traditionally, the only way to repair such a protrusion was for a doctor to place stitches in the person’s abdomen. Now, the most prevalent treatment used is the implantation of a medical device called a “mesh”. The mesh is placed over the tissue tear and is supposed to provide a surface for the body’s tissue to re-adhere together.
Hernia Mesh vs. Stitches
One of the big differences between using a mesh product and using sutures is that a mesh can move or shrink, and then cause bowel perforations, organ damage, obstructions, and additional surgeries. This especially is true if the mesh product is faulty or contains a polypropylene coating. If a perforation occurs, this can result in a serious infection known as sepsis.
Some of the typical, and serious, side effects to be on the lookout for following the implantation of a hernia mesh include:
- fatigue, fever,
- irritable bowel,
- severe pain, and
- urinary issues.
If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately report them to your treating physician. These complications can occur within days to years after the hernia mesh is implanted.
It’s important for your healthcare provider to keep the hernia mesh and tissue after removing it from your body. This is an important piece of evidence in your case.
Compensation in a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
If you have sustained injuries because of a hernia mesh, you can seek compensation for the following types of damages:
- Past and future medical expenses that result from any injuries caused by the hernia mesh, such as the costs of the revision surgery; treatment of infections, perforations, and obstructions; and care for chronic pain;
- Past and future pain and suffering caused by the injuries, and the treatment and recovery process;
- Past and future wage loss, if any;
- Past and future loss of capacity to earn money; and
- Punitive damages, (in rare cases).
Contact A Hernia Mesh Attorney
If you or a loved one had a hernia mesh implanted and have needed revision surgeries due to one or more of these side effects, contact the experienced and serious hernia mesh attorneys at ‘’Maggio|Thompson.