5 Questions about hernia mesh complications, answered



Every year in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of hernia repair surgeries are performed. Surgical mesh is used in many of these operations.

Unfortunately, some of these hernia mesh products are defective and can cause serious health problems. Let’s take a look at five common questions people have about hernia mesh complications.

Why is hernia mesh used?

A hernia is the protrusion of a tissue, organ or intestine into an adjacent muscle or connective tissue. Surgical mesh is used to support and reinforce tissues and organs within the body and is sometimes used to treat hernias.

What can go wrong with defective hernia mesh?

There are several potential complications that may result when defective hernia mesh is used:

  • Mesh shrinkage
  • Mesh migration
  • Infection
  • Bowel obstruction or perforation
  • Adhesion to adjacent tissues and organs
  • Injuries to surrounding tissues, nerves, blood vessels and organs

What are some of the warning signs of a complication?

  • Pain in the incision area
  • Swelling, inflammation or redness in the incision area
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lack of healing at the incision site

If you notice any of these symptoms – or others that may indicate a potential complication – you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

How do I know what type of mesh was used in my surgery?

The best way to find out is by contacting your surgeon or the facility that performed your hernia repair surgery.

Do victims have legal options?

Yes. If you or a loved one has experienced a complication after hernia mesh surgery, you may be eligible for compensation. It is advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Free case evaluation: Call 888-285-3333 to schedule a consultation at either of our offices in Oakland or Sacramento.

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