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Medical device manufacturers have been slammed with thousands of complaints and lawsuits alleging that their hernia mesh is defective. If you have been implanted with hernia mesh, you should know the signs and symptoms of hernia mesh failure.

Some patients report that they feel no improvement and, in fact, may feel even worse after their hernia mesh surgery. Certain types of mesh are made with materials that are not well tolerated by the human body.

Additionally, hernia mesh can be designed or manufactured with defects that cause medical complications. Unfortunately, when hernia mesh fails, patients suffer severe and life-threatening results.

Signs of Hernia Mesh Failure

If you experience any of the following symptoms after hernia mesh surgery, you should contact your doctor immediately:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Pain, including abdominal or joint pain
  • Fever of 101F or higher
  • Discharge
  • Increased heart rate and/or breathing
  • Confusion, disorientation or other mental change
  • Unexpected decrease in urination and/or bowl movements
  • Fatigue

Hernia mesh is a relatively new treatment. Doctors recommend the mesh because it can help decrease recovery time; however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved hernia mesh without testing and evidence is mounting that these devices can be defective, causing serious complications for patients. Further, a recent study found that eight percent of patients suffer infections after hernia mesh surgery.

Defective Hernia Mesh

The FDA has received numerous adverse event reports about hernia mesh complications and there are several ways in which hernia mesh can be defective.

Serious side effects associated with hernia mesh surgeriesHernia mesh can migrate, meaning it detaches from the body and moves. This can result in bowel obstructions, inflammation, and/or the development of fistula.

Adhesion can occur, which means that the mesh is partially absorbed by the body resulting in inflammation and pain.

Hernia mesh can cause infections, including autoimmune disorders.

Often, patients implanted with defective hernia mesh must undergo additional surgery to have the mesh removed and face increased medical expenses, lost earnings, as well as pain and suffering. Unfortunately for some patients, especially those with other health conditions including diabetes, obesity, or immunosuppression, complications from defective hernia mesh can lead to death.

If you or a loved one have suffered any of these medical complications after hernia mesh surgery, your hernia mesh may be defective. Many patients have reported defects in their hernia mesh, leading to complications.

Defects include hernia mesh made of material that is rejected by the body or other design defects as well as manufacturing defects that can affect all patients implanted with the device, and defects in the particular hernia mesh a particular patient received.

Medical device companies that produce defective hernia mesh are responsible for pain and suffering, additional medical expenses, lost earnings, and other damages caused by medical complications from the defective device. Holding these companies responsible is not always easy, however, especially while a patient or their loved ones are handing the additional stress of dealing with these medical complications.

Attorneys experienced with defective hernia mesh products can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

The lawyers at McDonald Worley help patients file lawsuits against companies who produce hernia mesh with a manufacturing or design defect. The case evaluation is FREE, call today!