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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 1 million hernia repairs are performed each year in the United States. Since the 1980s, the most popular method to repair a hernia is to use a surgical hernia mesh. By the 2000s, the FDA has found that more than 90 percent of groin hernia repair techniques used these devices.

But if defective hernia mesh is used, it can cause serious complications and even life-threatening infections.

If you believe that you have a defective medical implant, you may want to file a surgical hernia mesh lawsuit against the manufacturer. The Pennsylvania hernia mesh lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli are prepared to listen to your story and fight for your rights.

What is a Surgical Hernia Mesh?

A hernia is the bulging of either an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening. The most common types of hernias are:

  • Inner groin (inguinal)
  • Upper thigh/outer groin (femoral)
  • Through an incision or scar in the abdomen (incisional)
  • General abdominal/ventral wall (ventral)
  • At the belly button (umbilical)
  • Inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm (hiatal)

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A hernia does not heal on its own. Your physician may watch a hernia before taking any action to make sure it doesn’t get larger or cause problems. However, surgery is the only method that will repair a hernia.

Since hernias have a high rate of recurrence, surgeons will use a device called a surgical hernia mesh. The device is made up of either synthetic or animal material and offers many advantages to the patient, such as:

  • Reducing the rates of recurrence of the hernia
  • Strengthening the repair by providing additional support to damaged or weakened tissue
  • May decrease the time a patient is in surgery
  • May minimize the recovery time, depending on the hernia, surgical approach, and the patient’s condition

Sometimes the hernia mesh is absorbable, which means over time it will degrade as new tissue is grown around the mesh. It can also be made of a non-absorbable material or a combination of both.

The Problems With Hernia Mesh

Unfortunately, patients may still experience pain, infection, or a recurrence of a hernia after surgery. But there may be complications of the hernia mesh used in the surgery. The mesh may be rejected by the patient’s body, causing it to break off and damage other organs and tissues in the patient’s abdomen or groin.

Other problems include causing an obstruction because of scar tissue forming around the mesh and the mesh puncturing connective tissue or the wall of an organ, causing a life-threatening condition if not treated immediately.

According to the FDA, symptoms of hernia mesh issues include:

  • Severe pain
  • Internal bleeding
  • Infection
  • A recurrence of the hernia
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Tissue or organ perforation
  • Mesh migration where the mesh travels away from the repair site

Since medical device manufacturers are more interested in getting these products to market, there have been several recalls to different types of hernia mesh in the past few years. In fact, there have been times when a mesh was used in a patient even after the recall was issued.

Why Get Involved in a Surgical Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Unfortunately, not many patients are aware that a faulty device is a reason for their pain and suffering. It’s only after expensive medical tests will the issue is discovered. By this time, the patient could be in extreme pain and may suffer severe complications from an infection.

In addition, if your mesh is defective, you will have to undergo surgery to remove and/or replace the device. This means you will miss work and it could take months for you to recover from another surgery. Expenses will pile up quickly and you will need help paying your expenses.

PA Hernia Mesh Lawyers Fellerman & Ciarimboli Can Help

If you believe you have a defective device, our experienced Pennsylvania hernia mesh attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights. With decades of experience in personal injury and defective medical device litigation, Fellerman & Ciarimboli will be your voice inside and outside the courtroom. We will investigate your claim and determine whether the mesh used in your hernia was defective.

The time to act is today. If you are experiencing issues with your surgical hernia mesh, contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We fight for the injured.

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