hernia mesh complications

4 major hernia mesh complications and its symptoms

Surgical hernia mesh is a patch used to support damaged and weakened tissues. They are typically made of either animal tissue or synthetic material and can be absorbable, non-absorbable, or a combination of both.

Nearly one million hernia repairs are performed in the US every year of which over 800,000 of the procedures are about inguinal hernias. Surgeons commonly use surgical mesh for the repair surgery but infected hernia mesh can lead to a devastating situation. Despite reduced rates of recurrence, there have been situations where the use of these meshes caused specific health issues.

Le’s have an elaborate study about the common hernia mesh complications reported by the patients.

High rates of hernia recurrence with mesh implants

Two-thirds of recurrences have been reported to occur after three years. Although there is not much surety if the type of mesh used has any effect on the durability, one thing is clear that all mesh products have limited effectiveness.

hernia mesh complications

Hernias have a high rate of recurrence regardless the type of treatment. Although the surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair recurrence, its use has dramatically increased the relapse of hernia. More than 50 percent of hernias may reoccur if the implant is not done properly. Inadequate fixations, shrinkage of the mesh or light weight meshes have higher risk due to their increased movement and flexibility.

Fistula caused by hernia mesh devices

One of the most serious hernia mesh complications is the development of fistula. Repair of hernias are done by either by prosthetic mesh repair or suture repair. Fistula is a late complication of prosthetic mesh repair which is majorly caused due to chronic erosion of bowel that is caused when it comes in direct contact with intestinal loops. This can happen in both laparoscopic as well as open repairs.

The following are the symptoms of fistula:

  • Persistent pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Discharge of blood or pus
  • Fever
  • Bowel movement complications or constipation

Infection risks

Mesh infection is feared as it might cause difficulty in eradicating the condition without removing the mesh. This can lead to chances that make matter worse infection can become clinically apparent only after couple of years after the implantation. Microporous meshes are more at the risk of causing infection.

Adhesion risk with the implant

An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that is responsible for binding the two parts of the damaged tissue together. But with popularity in the hernia mesh operations, the adhesion related hernia mesh complications came into picture. All mesh implants produce adhesions but in varied extent. One of the most common complications is abdominal adhesion which contributes to the development of chronic pelvic pain and causing bowel obstructions.

The following are symptoms of mesh adhesion:

  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loud bowel sounds
  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Difficulty in passing bowels or constipation

Atrium, Bard, Ethicon, Covidien are some of the manufacturing companies blamed for making defective mesh products.

Surgeons perform about one million hernia repairs each year. The companies have been accused of designing defective product and failing to warn patients and the doctors about its associated health risks. The expert team at herniamesh.net can help you determine whether, if you file lawsuit, will be eligible for financial compensation. Visit http://herniamesh.net/ or dial 855-817-3922 to get your free appointment.

FDA Says ‘No More Mesh’ for Hernia Repairs

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, in this case, was it the gynecologic surgeons who were too quick to adopt mesh in the O.R. or the FDA’s 510(k) approval process was too quick to allow mesh in gynecologic surgery. Who is to blame? You can read the full story here!

The problem now is that the mesh in some procedures (but not all) has a tendency to erode — wearing through the vaginal mucosa and exposing its rough and uncomfortable surface to the patient and her sexual partner — or constrict and scar, causing tightening and discomfort.

Some of these procedures have been stunning successes. Procedures that place mesh under the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside) are generally quick, require minimal recovery, are safe and are proven to cure a particular type of incontinence. (This use of mesh is not part of the FDA warning, although this distinction may be lost on patients.)

But other mesh procedures, in which mesh is used to support one or more of the vaginal walls, have led to complications. The mesh used for these surgeries is essentially the same mesh used (successfully) by general surgeons to repair hernias and other abdominal wall defects.

Medicine cross pollinates from one field to another — we call it innovation. There is a long tradition of taking drugs and devices approved for one purpose and using them for another purpose. Once a device is FDA approved, physicians can (at their peril) use them for pretty much whatever they like. So it is with mesh. I believe that making it harder to get mesh approved for hernia repairs isn’t going to make it less likely to erode into women’s vaginas — it’s just going to slow down the process of getting discoveries into the clinics and into the O.R.

And the cowboy gynecologic surgeons? These are the innovators who brought about the successful mesh sling procedures that now cure 95 percent of women of incontinence in 30 minutes (when surgeries with 50 percent success rates used to take 5 hours in the O.R. and require weeks of recovery). Millions of women have benefited from the extraordinary era of innovation in gynecologic surgery over the past 15 years. Do we really want these surgeons to stop innovating?

Remember to check out the full story here!