As described by the FDA, a hernia occurs when an organ, intestine, or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue in the abdomen. Hernias typically occur at the abdominal wall. Sometimes, a hernia can be visible as an external bulge around the lower abdomen, particularly when straining or bearing down.
When a hernia occurs, it is common for patients to undergo surgery to get a hernia mesh implanted. A hernia mesh is a woven sheet of flexible mesh to patch the weakness or plug up the hole instead of stitching it. This mesh is meant to prevent a hernia from recurring in the patient. However, it is possible for complications to arise after a hernia mesh is implanted.
If complications occur, or if you have suffered from injury as a result of faulty mesh products, you have the right to take legal action, seek compensation for any and all medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
It is essential to understand the complications and symptoms of a failed hernia mesh and to have all of the information you need to move forward with a lawsuit.
The following are the most common types of hernias:
Most often, hernias are caused by a combination of pressure and an opening or weakness of muscle or connective tissue in the abdomen. That same pressure pushes an organ or tissue through the opening or weak spot. The muscle or tissue pushing through is what creates the external bulge that commonly occurs. Sometimes, the muscle weakness is present at birth. However, it is more commonly a later in life occurrence. Anything that causes an increase in abdominal pressure can cause a hernia; including obesity, the lifting of heavy objects, chronic diarrhea or constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing. Improper nutrition, smoking, and overexertion can weaken muscles over time and contribute to the cause of a hernia.
The FDA has recalled many types of hernia mesh that has caused injury and illness to patients, although, some harmful recalled hernia mesh is still on the market today.
It is possible to take some precaution after a hernia mesh surgery. Some preventative suggestions are:
However, even with preventative care, it is still possible for the mesh to cause complications.
The following are common symptoms of hernia mesh complications:
If you or a loved one has received a hernia mesh implant and is suffering from pain and injury as a result of the surgery, it is within your right to file a claim.
The first step in filing a claim is to see your doctor to get the problem area evaluated. With medical evidence and records of past surgeries regarding the hernia, a thought-out case can be made.
At Zaner Harden Law, our team of attorneys has specific experience with hernia mesh injury and recall complication cases. To schedule a private, free consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact our office today.