While surgery is usually the only way to resolve a hernia, for many it turns into a watch and wait situation. Some hernias may be congenital, but most present themselves as bulging in the abdominal/groin area where the muscles have become not only weakened over time but are then strained by an activity like lifting furniture during a move or hauling around inventory at work. Some hernias can even be caused during allergy season due to repeated coughing and sneezing, or when a patient is obese and may also be prone to negative lifestyle habits like smoking and enjoying too many rich, calorie-laden foods.
Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that the most typical hernias include:
- Inner groin
- Upper thigh
- Via a scar or incision
- Abdominal wall
- Belly-button area
- Inner abdomen
Once complications to the hernia require surgery, doctors will examine the best route, which may include the use of mesh in either laparoscopic or open repair surgery. Because weakened tissue is commonly seen in hernia cases, surgical mesh is often used to create a more solid foundation internally. Such materials can be made synthetically but are often derived from animals such as pigs and cows. Absorbable mesh is meant to disintegrate within the body over time as tissue strengthens and the implant is no longer needed, while non-absorbable mesh is implanted for permanent use.
Unfortunately, complications can occur and cause severe repercussions to patients, especially in the case of defective or already recalled mesh implants. If you are suffering due to this type of surgery, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker as soon as possible. Typical adverse reactions include pain and infection, along with blockages and bleeding, buildup of fluid, perforations, and more. Mesh may be defective or could migrate or shrink, causing painful complications, along with affecting other organs and tissue unrelated to the original hernia.
You may be owed significant monetary damages for physical and emotional suffering due to mesh hernia implants, and especially if you have been forced to lose your normal source of income, leaving work temporarily or even permanently due to negative repercussions from your surgery.
If you have been adversely affected by a mesh implant for your hernia surgery, call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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