Hernia mesh is a medical device used in the treatment of hernias and other conditions involving the abdominal wall. Physicians use hernia mesh to reinforce the weakened area of the abdominal wall. Although the products claim to be safe, many hernia mesh devices were put on the market without clinical trials. This has jeopardized the safety of patients, and led to numerous reports of adverse effects and complications. As more than 100,000 people in the U.S. undergo a hernia mesh procedure each year, patient safety in the use of hernia mesh is very important.
Recent studies have found that hernia mesh is linked to a number of problems or complications in addition to the fact that the number of problems or complications may not be immediate. While some products, including Ethicon’s Physiomesh, have been recalled or withdrawn from the market, others are still being used by physicians.
Patients who undergo surgery using hernia mesh can experience adverse side effects and complications which may require additional medical intervention. Complications and symptoms may include:
Many hernia meshes are constructed with polypropylene, a type of plastic which can cause serious immune reactions. However, complications can be caused by various other defects or issues in the hernia mesh depending on the type of hernia mesh product used.
Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Both POP and SUI are caused by a weakening of pelvic or bladder muscles that some women experience as they age or as a result of childbirth.
Traditionally, surgery involved strengthening the muscles to prevent the pelvic organs from intruding on the vaginal wall or to prevent involuntary urination. TVM promised a simpler solution, as the mesh could be implanted to support the organs.
Unfortunately, the mesh has caused serious problems for many women. Not only is recurrent prolapse a major problem, but patients have also experienced unpleasant and dangerous side effects including:
Transvaginal mesh is often extremely difficult to remove once it has been implanted. This means that women who experience complications may be required to undergo multiple surgeries to remove the transvaginal mesh material. Even after painful and costly procedures, side effects may linger.
If you or a loved one was hurt by hernia or transvaginal mesh, or another type of medical device, that failed to do what was promised or that turned out to be dangerous, you may have a claim for damages.
Medical device manufacturers may be held responsible for paying:
An experienced attorney at Burnett Law Firm can help you gather evidence and consult with experts who can testify about how the dangerous medical device affected you.
Our defective medical device attorneys bring both resources and experience to the table. We have represented clients in many different types of claims arising from medical devices. Our attorneys have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to fight for the rights of injured people like you.
If you or a loved one has experienced complications from mesh or other defective medical devices, call us at 832-413-4410 or contact us online today to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. There is no charge for the consultation, and you owe us no attorney’s fees unless we are successful in securing compensation for you.