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If you believe that you have suffered injury as a result of a hernia repair surgery that you underwent, you may have grounds to bring a lawsuit against the mesh manufacturer, medical provider, or facility that performed the hernia mesh surgery. It’s not uncommon for people to experience side effects from hernia repair surgery. 

For this kind of claim to succeed, you must prove that the medical professional or mesh device manufacturer failed to meet the appropriate standard of care and that this failure caused your injuries. 

At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we are experts in hernia mesh lawsuits. The whole team is committed to holding people responsible for their negligence and helping those affected by defective hernia mesh get the needed assistance.

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  • We have over 20 years of experience representing injured people in their claims against large corporations and government agencies.
  • Our lawyers represent the victims of defective hernia mesh in the United States. 
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Quick Summary

  • To file a lawsuit for side effects from hernia repair surgery, you must show the manufacturer or the medical doctor was negligent in some way, such as failing to inform you of risks or improperly performing the hernia surgery.
  • You may also be able to sue if you were not adequately informed of the risks and benefits of the surgery before it was performed.
  • If the hernia mesh used for the surgery was defective or improperly designed, you might be able to file a hernia mesh litigation against the manufacturer.

When Can You File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit for Injuries Arising From Hernia Repair Surgery?

Clock on a wall to represent when you can file a hernia mesh lawsuitYou can file a  hernia mesh patch lawsuit for injuries arising from hernia repair surgery if you believe your injuries were caused by medical malpractice or a defective medical device.

To bring a successful case, the individual must prove the medical professionals or hernia mesh manufacturer failed to meet the appropriate standard of care and that this failure caused injuries or other adverse effects. 

Not all injuries or side effects from hernia repair surgery may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, as some injuries and side effects are considered a standard procedure risk.

If you are considering suing for damages or side effects from hernia repair surgery, you should consult a qualified lawyer to understand your legal options.

What Are the Side Effects of Hernia Repair Surgery?

A doctor looking at the side effects of hernia repair surgery

The side effects of hernia repair surgery include:

  • Pain At The Site Of The Surgery: This is common after surgery and is typically managed with pain medication. The pain may be mild to moderate in intensity and may last a few days to a few weeks after the surgery.
  • Infection: An infection can develop at the site of the surgery. Symptoms of an infection may include fever, redness, swelling, and drainage from the incision. If left untreated, an infection can become severe and require additional medical treatment.
  • Bleeding: Some bleeding is normal after surgery, but excessive bleeding may require additional medical treatment. Symptoms of excessive bleeding may include dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting.
  • Nausea And Vomiting: These symptoms may occur after surgery due to anesthesia or pain medication. They are usually temporary and can be managed with medication.
  • Constipation: Constipation is a common side effect after surgery and may be caused by pain medication or a temporary reduction in physical activity. It can be managed with medication or lifestyle changes, such as increasing fluid and fiber intake.
  • Adhesion: Adhesions are scar tissue that can form around the repaired hernia, which may cause abdominal pain or discomfort. They can be treated with medication or surgery.
  • Hernia Recurrence: The hernia can recur after surgery, especially if patients do not follow their doctor’s instructions for recovery and do not engage in activities that may put too much strain on the repaired area.
  • Allergic Reaction: Some people may be allergic to anesthesia or other medications used during the surgery. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling.

Are There Mesh Implants That Are More Prone to Causing Adverse Side Effects?

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Yes, some hernia mesh implants are prone to causing adverse side effects; they include;

  • Ethicon Physiomesh: This mesh implant has been associated with a higher risk of hernia mesh injuries and may be more prone to causing adhesions.
  • Kugel Mesh: This mesh implant has been linked to a higher risk of mesh migration and has been recalled in some countries.
  • Atrium C-QUR: This mesh implant has been recalled in some countries because they are associated with a higher risk of mesh migration.
  • Bard Composix Kugel: This mesh implant has a higher risk of mesh migration and has been recalled in some countries.

What Side Effect Symptoms May Indicate You Have a Serious Condition With Your Hernia Mesh?

The side effect symptoms that may indicate you have a serious condition with a defective hernia mesh  include:

  • Severe pain: This may be a sign of a serious underlying condition 
  • Fever: This may be a sign of an infection or other serious condition 
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness: This may be a sign of low blood pressure or other circulation problems 
  • Shortness of breath: This may be a sign of severe respiratory health problems
  • Chest pain: This may be a sign of a heart attack or other painful cardiac condition 
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking: This may be a sign of a stroke or other severe neurological condition 
  • Mesh migration: This may cause pain or other complications; or hernia recurrence, which may indicate that the mesh implant did not fully support the repaired hernia.

Should You Report Side Effects You Are Experiencing as a Result of Hernia Repair Surgery?

Report side effect imageYes, you should report any side effects you are experiencing due to hernia repair surgery to your doctor. This is because some side effects may signify a serious underlying condition that requires medical attention.

In contrast, others may be temporary side effects that can be managed with medication or other treatments. 

Reporting side effects to your doctor can help ensure that you receive the appropriate care and treatment for your condition. It is also important to report side effects to your doctor because they can help identify any potential safety concerns with the surgery or the hernia mesh product. 

For example, if many people who have had a particular mesh implant report experiencing the same side effect, this may indicate that the mesh implant is associated with an increased risk of that side effect.

In such hernia mesh cases, the manufacturer of the mesh implant and regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may take action to address the hernia mesh complications.

Related Article: Chronic Pain From Hernia Mesh Surgery

How Do You Know if a Side Effect Is a Complication Due to a Defective Mesh Implant?

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There are a few ways to know if a side effect may be a complication due to a defective mesh implant; these are:

  • Consult With Your Doctor: Your doctor is the best resource for determining the cause of any side effects you are experiencing. They will be able to evaluate your medical history, perform physical exams and diagnostic tests, and review any imaging studies to determine the cause of your side effects.
  • Research The Specific Mesh Implant: Suppose you are experiencing side effects after hernia repair surgery and are concerned they may be due to a defective mesh implant. In that case, you should research the specific mesh implant used in your surgery. This may include reviewing the information provided by the manufacturer, as well as consulting with other healthcare professionals or online resources.
  • Review Product Recalls: If a mesh implant has been recalled due to an increased risk of serious complications or defects, this information may be available through the FDA or other regulatory agencies. You can check the FDA’s website for information on recalled mesh medical devices, including mesh products.

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When Do I Need to Contact a Product Liability Attorney for a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Doctor on the phone with patientYou should contact a product liability attorney for a hernia mesh lawsuit if you are experiencing severe hernia mesh complications or side effects that you believe are due to a defective hernia mesh implant. 

A hernia mesh attorney can help you determine if you have a case for a hernia mesh lawsuit and can provide legal representation if you decide to pursue a lawsuit.

It is advisable to speak with a product liability or hernia mesh attorney as soon as possible, as there may be a time limit for filing a lawsuit.

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FAQs

What Happens if Your Body Rejects Hernia Mesh?

If your body rejects hernia mesh, it is recommended to remove the mesh implant through a surgical procedure called mesh explantation. Removing the mesh implant can help alleviate the symptoms caused by the rejection and may help prevent further hernia mesh complications. 

How Big Is the Mesh Used in Hernia Repair?

The size of the mesh used in hernia repair can vary depending on the specific mesh implant and the size of the hernia being repaired. In general, hernia mesh is available in a range of sizes to accommodate different sizes of hernias.

Can Hernia Mesh Be Seen on a CT Scan?

Yes, hernia mesh can be seen on a CT scan. CT scans use X-rays to create detailed images of the inside of the body, and the metal components of the hernia mesh will show up on the scan as bright white spots. In some cases, non-metal parts of hernia mesh may not be visible on a CT scan.

What Does Hernia Mesh Pain Feel Like?

Hernia mesh pain feels like aching or throbbing in the abdominal area, sharp or stabbing pain when coughing, sneezing, or bearing down, or chronic pain that radiates to the back or groin. Swelling or redness at the hernia repair surgical site may also be present.

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Legal claims are currently being filed against many mesh manufacturers for failing to warn patients and physicians of the health risks associated with defective hernia mesh products.

If you suffer from a severe hernia mesh injury or your loved one died due to defective hernia mesh, contact an experienced hernia mesh lawyer at Schmidt & Clark, LLP to discuss your legal action.

We are an experienced team of personal injury lawyers focusing on presenting plaintiffs in a hernia mesh claim. Our hernia mesh lawyers are handling many hernia mesh lawsuits nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.


References:

  1. https://www.drugwatcher.org/complications-after-hernia-surgery/
  2. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/implants-and-prosthetics/hernia-surgical-mesh-implants
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31104901/
  4. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/legal/product-liability/hernia-mesh-lawsuit/
  5. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/981231

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