What is a Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a surgical product used to strengthen or bridge tissue walls that normally hold bodily organs in place.
Hernia Mesh and Hernias
When tissue walls weaken or tear, an organ becomes displaced from its normal cavity. This condition, known as a hernia, is often painful and serious. Surgical operations can sometimes repair hernias by patching or binding the distressed tissue wall with biological or synthetic materials, but complications and recurrences are common.
Complications with Hernia Mesh
In the past decades, hernia mesh products made of a plastic substance called polypropylene have been increasingly used to treat hernias. Initially heralded as a breakthrough that would improve success rates, defective types of this hernia mesh actually increased the risk of the usual complications from hernia surgeries and posed new problems, notably perforation and fissures of the skin and organs and pain due to nerve damage. Particularly serious instances of perforation and infection have resulted in blood poisoning and death. Some types of synthetic hernia mesh products have been subject to recalls.
Remedial Surgeries and Recovery
Once implanted into a person’s body remedial surgeries are risky and some victims of this defective product may never fully recover from the damage it can cause even if it is removed or may even succumb to complications.
Tell Us Your Hernia Mesh Story
Suffering from serious complications (infections, wound reopening, chronic pain, bowel obstructions) due to a hernia mesh implant? Tell us your story.