According to studies, hernia repair surgeries are one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide. The United States Food and Drug Administration says that an estimated 2.3 million inpatient abdominal hernia repairs were performed from 2001 to 2010, an estimated 567,000 of which were performed in an emergency.
There are several different types of hernia repair surgery. This includes among others, Herniorrhaphy, Hernioplasty, and Herniotomy. The most popular surgery among these is hernioplasty — a hernia repair surgery involving the use of mesh.
The most common products used in surgeries intended for hernia repairs are plugs, patches, and mesh. The most common hernia repair surgery performed uses mesh because it is believed that mesh repairs are the most effective approach in reducing the chances of hernia recurrence.
Over the years, the number of hernia mesh repair surgeries being performed have increased in number. As a corollary, the number of failed or defective mesh repair injuries have also increased. This prompted the filing of approximately 3,000 failed hernia mesh operation related lawsuits in the United States alone.
It is believed that there are many factors contributing to the rise in the number of faulty hernia repair surgeries. Among these are possible medical malpractice, unforeseeable complications brought about by environmental conditions, and/or the use of defective mesh products. The United States Food and Drug Administration indicated that majority of the reported complications associated with hernia mesh repair surgeries are due to the usage of recalled mesh products.
One of the hardest parts of having a possibly defective hernia mesh surgery is that the signs are, more often than not, not readily apparent. However, do not fret because there are still some symptoms you can easily detect. Below is a list of the four signs you should be wary of if you or a loved one has recently undergone this procedure.
- Abscess – According to the US National Library of Medicine, an abscess is a pocket of pus composed of living and dead white blood cells. This symptom is characterized by a swelling under the skin.
- Recurring Hernia – One of the causes of a recurrent hernia is inadequate repair during the initial procedure. Check with your surgeon for any concerns regarding this.
- High Fever – Like chronic pain, a high fever after a surgery may be symptomatic of an infection. It may also be suggestive of either a defect in your recent surgery or adverse reaction to a certain medicine.
If you experience any of these symptoms or if you suspect that your hernia mesh repair operation has failed or is defective, immediately seek medical attention. Also, seek legal help from an experienced personal injury attorney so that you may be able to effectively assert your claim against the erring hospital and mesh product provider or supplier.
In choosing a lawyer that will represent you in court, you must consider several things: your lawyer’s specialty, experience, availability, and resources. Hiring the right lawyer can be the difference between you getting the compensation you are entitled to or you getting a mediocre settlement.