Defective hernia mesh products may cause bowel obstruction and other hernia mesh surgery complications. Injured patients should contact a Cincinnati, Ohio medical device defect attorney to discuss legal options.

The last thing a patient needs following a hernia mesh operation is a painful complication. But due to several models of defective hernia mesh, revision surgery and mesh injuries are relatively common.

Medical device companies like Davol Bard, Aspide, Gore, Ethicon, Atrium and Covidien have issued warnings and recalls when their products have presented health hazards to consumers.

Common hernia mesh injuries include chronic pain, infection, fistula, mesh migration, granuloma, tissue damage, nerve damage and bowel obstruction. Intestinal blockage can occur after surgery when a defective mesh product is implanted. Bowel obstruction will most likely result in a revision surgery and the removal of the defective hernia mesh.

Hernia mesh product often promote scar tissue to form, though when the scar tissue attaches itself to other tissue and organs, leading to serious complications. Intestinal obstruction can occur soon after or years after a hernia repair surgery. The intestines of patients can get blocked when a mesh implant migrates over time and embeds into tissue.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio Mesh Defect attorney and medical device lawyer investigating cases of hernia mesh injury for injured plaintiffs nationwide.

What is Bowel Obstruction?

A bowel obstruction, or intestinal obstruction, describes a blockage of the intestines that prevents normal passage through the digestive tract. A tumor, inflammation, or a foreign substance like a hernia mesh product can be the cause of intestinal obstruction.

Bowel obstruction, either total or partial, can occur in the small intestine, or the large intestine or colon. A common cause of bowel obstruction is an adhesion, a type of scar sometimes initiated by hernia mesh implants. Adhesions develop on intestines or organs as they heal after hernia mesh surgery. Adhesions account for up to 70 percent of all intestinal obstruction cases.

Hernias are the second most common cause of small-bowel obstruction, either before or after a hernia repair operation. Tumors are also a leading cause. In the large intestine, about half of obstructions are caused by colorectal cancer.

Bowel Obstruction Symptoms

Hernia mesh injuries can range from chronic discomfort and pain to serious medical situations that require revision surgery. The most common bowel obstruction symptoms may include:

  • Severe abdominal pain—often described as a cramping pain, coming in intense waves between the navel and rib cage
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach tenderness
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Complications of hernia mesh implants can be life-threatening, or lead to tissue damage and infection. With an intestinal blockage, serious infection is a high risk.

When patients have an intestinal obstruction, they are urged to seek medical attention immediately. A partial small-bowel obstruction will usually improve within a few days, while a complete bowel obstruction most often requires revision surgery to remove the cause of the obstruction (defective hernia mesh product).

Medical device companies have a duty to properly test and provide safe products to consumers. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable in personal injury lawsuits. Hernia mesh settlements can be sizable, and injured patients are encouraged to file lawsuits to recover rightful compensation.

If you or a loved one has suffered an intestinal obstruction injury due to a defective mesh implant device, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.