Surgery is a common treatment for hernias, a condition in which an organ or tissue protrudes through a weakness in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. But, in addition to traditional surgery, there's another option that's becoming increasingly popular: hernia mesh surgery. Below, we will take a closer look at hernia mesh—what it is, the risks associated with its use, and some notable cases.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a medical device made from synthetic or biological materials. It is used to reinforce the surrounding tissue during hernia surgery. The mesh is usually placed over the hernia defect and sutured into place. It works by providing a physical barrier that prevents the hernia from recurring. In addition, hernia mesh can help to promote tissue healing by providing a scaffold for new tissue growth.
There are different types of hernia mesh available on the market, with some of the most common being polypropylene, polyester, and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). The choice of mesh will depend on the individual patient and the surgeon's preference.
When choosing a synthetic mesh, it's important to make sure that it is made from a high-quality material that is durable and will not break down over time. Polypropylene is a good option as it is strong and resists degradation from the body's enzymes. However, polypropylene mesh may be more likely to cause a foreign body reaction—in which the body treats the mesh as a foreign invader and attempts to wall it off.
Like all medical devices, there are risks associated with the use of hernia mesh. The most common are explained below.
Infections can occur at the site of the incision, around the mesh, or in the abdominal cavity. Since hernia mesh is usually made from synthetic materials, the body may react to it as if it were a foreign object. This can lead to inflammation and the formation of scar tissue (known as a fibrous capsule). Infections can also occur if bacteria become trapped under the mesh.
Infections are more likely to occur in patients who have diabetes, a weakened immune system, or take steroids. To prevent infections, it is important to follow the surgeon's instructions for wound care and to report any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, to the surgeon.
Bleeding can occur during or after surgery. Bleeding can occur when the mesh is being placed, if there is an injury to a blood vessel, or if the patient has a bleeding disorder. To help prevent bleeding, the surgeon will usually avoid placing the mesh over areas where there are a lot of blood vessels. A hernia mesh attorney can help you if you have experienced complications from hernia mesh surgery.
Reactions to the Mesh
In some cases, the body may react to the hernia mesh material. The most common reaction is an inflammatory response, which can cause pain and swelling at the site of the surgery. Other reactions include allergic reactions and implant rejection. This is more likely to occur in patients with allergies or sensitivities.
Hernia mesh complications can occur when the mesh moves, shrinks, erodes, or becomes infected. Mesh complications are more likely to occur in patients who have had previous hernia surgery, are obese, or have diabetes.
Mesh erosion, for instance, occurs when the mesh slowly breaks down and is absorbed by the body. This can cause pain, inflammation, and infection. Mesh shrinkage, on the other hand, occurs when the mesh becomes smaller over time. This can cause the hernia to recur. If a mesh complication occurs, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, as it can lead to serious health complications.
If you have undergone surgery involving a hernia mesh, it is important to be aware of the potential complications. These complications can be serious and even life-threatening. If you experience any symptoms that may be associated with hernia mesh complications, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. You may also consider filing a lawsuit if you have experienced complications after hernia mesh surgery. Whitener Law Firm can help you file a lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.