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Hernia Recurrence Risk of Mesh Implant Devices

Fistula, Adhesion & Hernia Recurrence may occur following mesh implantation


Most hernias are originally caused by a combination of pressure and an opening or weakness of muscle or connective tissue in the abdomen. The pressure pushes an organ or tissue through the opening, which can be present or occurring later in life. Major causes of hernias are related to an increase in abdominal pressure, like obesity, lifting heavy objects, chronic constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing. Poor nutrition, smoking, and overexertion can weaken muscles and contribute to hernia or hernia recurrence.

Hernia repairs are very common with over a million hernia repairs performed each year in the U.S. Approximately 800,000 are to repair inguinal hernias and the rest are for other types of hernias. A 2017 medical study reported that synthetic mesh implants used to repair infected abdominal hernias may be more likely to lead to failure than other mesh products, and lead to complications like fistula, mesh adhesion and revision surgeries.

The use of surgical mesh devices may improve patient outcomes in most cases, though defective mesh products have been identified, and may do more harm than good for patients. With or without surgical mesh, hernias have high rates of recurrence, and since the 1980s, there has been an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of defective mesh implant claims.


Study Indicates Mesh Implant Effectiveness Uncertain

The risk for hernia recurrence increases from repair to repair. Surgical mesh is a medical device used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue. Despite reduced rates of hernia recurrence with some mesh implants, there are situations where the use of surgical mesh for hernia repair may not be recommended. The risk of long-term mesh-related complications for mesh repairs partially offset the benefits of mesh devices. Patients in Ohio should talk to their surgeons about their specific circumstances and possible alternatives for hernia repair.


Common Symptoms of Hernia Recurrence

Hernia recurrence may occur as a result of different causes and promoting factors, though hernia signs and symptoms include typically present the same way:

  • A bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, which becomes more obvious when upright, especially if coughing or straining
  • A burning or aching sensation at the hernia bulge
  • Pain or discomfort in the groin, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting
  • A heavy or dragging sensation in the groin
  • Weakness or pressure in the groin
  • Pain and swelling around the testicles if hernia descends into scrotum

Hernia Recurrence & Other Known Mesh Complications

The choice of a medical strategy and surgical technique can be more important in the treatment of recurrent hernias than in other areas of hernia surgery. Repairs in recurrent hernias have to take into account the prior device or implant used, the number of times the hernia has recurred, and the type of hernias.

Long-term complications related to mesh placement are not entirely known, though what surgeons and Ohio product liability lawyers have seen shows the effectiveness of mesh has been overestimated by mesh manufactures, putting patients at risk of potential injury and hernia recurrence. Complications range from mild skin infections to non-healing wounds, seroma formation, chronic pain, bowel obstruction, adhesion and fistula development.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to hernia recurrence following mesh device implantation, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he will help you answer these critical questions.

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