Use and complications of surgical mesh

Have you suffered complications after a mesh implant? Though mesh surgery is the most common treatment of hernia, there are several complications of the mesh that might disrupt the daily life, and might make you end up going for a mesh removal surgery. Let’s learn about the possible side effects.

A hernia occurs when an organ or internal tissue breaks through a hole in the muscles. Hernia repair surgery or herniorrhaphy involves returning the displaced tissues to their proper position. Hernioplasty is a type of hernia repair surgery where a surgical mesh patch is sewn over the weakened region of tissue. Counted in one of the most common surgeries to be performed, hernia mesh surgery isn’t free from its own set of side effects.

Types of hernia

The type of repair may depend on the nature of the hernia. Three types of hernias are most common, including:

  • Reducible hernia: When the hernia can be pushed back into the opening it came through.
  • Irreducible or incarcerated hernia: When the organ or abdominal tissues have filled the hernia sac, and it cannot be pushed back through the hole it came through.
  • Strangulated hernia: When part of an organ or tissue becomes stuck inside the hernia with its blood supply often cut off.

Facts on hernia repair:

  • Small hernias may not cause any symptoms
  • In general, hernia surgeries are classified as herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty.
  • Hernia repairs are day surgeries, so people go home a few hours afterward.
  • Hernia surgeries are considered fairly safe and effective.

Though not all hernias require surgery, there are few symptoms and factors that indicate a surgery may be necessary:

  • Long-term hernia pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort that interferes with everyday activities
  • Pain or discomfort intensifying or worsening over time
  • Large hernias
  • Fast-growing hernias
  • Hernias in places where they might worsening or enlarging, such as the groin
  • Sharp abdominal pain and vomiting
  • Hernias that put pressure on nerves to cause irritation and numbness

Complications of surgical mesh repair:

  • Erosion of the implanted mesh through tissue
  • Migration of the mesh
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic inflammation and irritation
  • Infection
  • Abscess
  • Fistula
  • Shrinkage or contraction of the mesh or of the tissue surrounding the mesh (which can alter the physical structure of the abdomen or groin where the mesh was implanted)
  • Neuro-muscular problems
  • Bowel adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Bowel resection
  • Seroma formation (collection of fluid between the mesh and tissue)
  • Scarring
  • Recurrence of hernia
  • Related emotional problems

For any or all of these complications, a victim is eligible for compensation if he files for lawsuit. Facing any of these abovementioned side effects due to surgical mesh? Contact Hernia Mesh Recall on or at 855-815-0586 for a free consultation of your case.

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Surgical mesh in hernia operation

Hernia mesh is a medical device used in the implant surgery during hernia repair process. It helps to reinforce the weakened tissue and also prevent the recurrence of a hernia.

A brief understanding of the hernia meshes

Typically, any surgical mesh is made of synthetic materials or of animal tissues (pigs or cows). Synthetic meshes, which are commonly used in the recent decades, are woven of absorbable material, non-absorbable material or a combination of both these materials. This is because, medical studies have shown use of hernia mesh correlates with a decrease in the hernia recurrence rate. Unfortunately, some of the hernia meshes have caused an unreasonably high number of complications that led to recall of such products from the market.

As much as 90 percent of hernia repair surgeries in the U.S. use surgical mesh. Conventional hernia surgery stitches the tissues back together however, there have been some serious complications associated with them.

Complications that led to recall

Manufacturers such as Atrium, Ethicon, Bard, Medtronic has been some of the trusted names who actually concealed the probable complications associated with the meshes.

The major health complications include:

Fistula – The most serious concern with a defective hernia mesh is formation of fistula. is a late complication of prosthetic mesh repair that is caused mainly because of chronic erosion of bowel by the mesh particles placed in contact with the intestinal loops. Sudden discharge of pus or blood, irritation around the anal region, swelling, redness and tenderness in anus, pain associated with bowel movements and fever are some of the common symptoms.

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Infection – to correct a faulty implanted surgical mesh, corrective surgeries are the only way out which is linked with causing infection. Also, the signs of infection may be clinically apparent many years after the implantation. The associated pain is not only because of using synthetic mesh but for the fact that the mesh is secured with stitches can become entangled with the nerves causing chronic pain.

Dental Problems- high rate of clients have complained about the teeth becoming weak, infected, chip off after the mesh infection.

Flu-Like Symptoms- nausea, chills, fever or vomiting are common complications post the hernia repair. For instance, the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh is made with omega 3 fatty acid coating which often provokes an immune system response fighting the infection and the mesh.

What is recall and where are the surgical mesh placed?

A recall is basically a removal or correction of a medical device. The FDA designates a class corresponding to the degree of potential harm associated with the recall items. Basically, there are three types of classes of recalls such as:

  • Class I FDA Recall

This represents the highest level of concern and is explained as the particular “product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

  • Class II FDA Recall

This suggests that the medical device “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences”.

Most of the hernia surgical mesh recalls have been designated with this recall category.

  • Class III FDA Recall

This is when the medical device is not likely to cause adverse health consequences but has a certain level of health notice associated with it.

Are you completely in dark about how to go about the defective hernia repair products? Have you been victim to serious adverse health consequences with the mesh usage? The expert house of will help to get the ideas in place and also let you know if the case is eligible for financial compensation. Visit or dial 855-815-0586 to know more.