Hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo hernia surgery. In many hernia surgeries, but not all, a device called surgical mesh (which is a woven fabric) is used to repair the abdomen. It is placed between the the patient’s skin to block intestines and tissue from sticking out beyond the intestinal wall lining. Surgical mesh has been around since the 1950s and has caused tens of thousands of injuries and medical device personal injury lawsuits since. Some of these patients have lost their lives due to these faulty products. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury from a faulty medical product such as surgical mesh, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today for legal council.
Serious and Adverse Reactions to Surgical Mesh
In most hernia surgeries patients face no complications due to surgical mesh. However, adverse reactions do occur in many people (mostly due to unsafe and recalled surgical mesh products), which include adhesions of the intestines (the intestines adhere to each other or the surgical mesh), damage to other organs, damage to nerves, damage to blood vessels, infection, chronic pain, and hernia recurrence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These complications can cause serious impairments or even death.
Surgical Mesh Also Used to Treat POP and SUI
Surgical mesh is also used to treat discontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP in women). Complications can arise when surgical mesh is used in surgeries of POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Surgeons, in these scenarios, directly implant the surgical mesh into the vagina. SUI is a type of incontinence which is caused by leaking urine during stressful times. POP occurs when the supporting muscles of the pelvic organs become weakened or stretched, which can happen during surgery or childbirth. The affected pelvic organ drops and presses on the side of the vaginal wall. The organs that can be affected by POP include the uterus, bowels, bladder, and rectum. There have been thousands of reports and lawsuits filed due to surgical mesh causing severe injuries and infection when the incision is made into the vaginal wall, which can cause severe and life-threatening complications.
Types of injuries caused by transvaginal surgical mesh include erosion through the vagina, discomfort, pain, infection, recurring prolapse, recurrent incontinence, pain during sexual intercourse, scarring of the vagina, and other urinary problems. The Food and Drug Administration reported that during the three year period between 2008 and 2010, an astounding 2,900 women were injured by transfaginal mesh.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today if You Have Suffered From Adverse Surgical Mesh Complications
If you or a loved one has suffered any adverse reactions or injuries, or recurrence of the injury that was originally treated, by surgical mesh, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. You and your family may be eligible for compensation that can help pay for past and future medical costs, your considerable pain and suffering, and any lost wages during time spent recovering from your failed surgeries.