Hernia mesh implant claims
The very same product used in vaginal mesh surgery currently facing a number of lawsuits worldwide has been, and is currently being used, in hernia operations. Hernias are when fatty tissue or organs bulge through a gap where muscle has weakened. In hernia repair operations, flexible polypropylene mesh is used by surgeons to hold in bulging tissues, acting as a muscle wall.
Although patients who have mesh surgery have fewer recurring hernias, the rate of complications for mesh-related repairs is significantly higher than repairs relying on sutures alone. Patients have again been reporting constant pain, barely able to walk due to stiffening and erosion. One in 10 people will develop a hernia at some time in their life and approximately 80,000 hernia operations take place in the UK every year. The NHS continues to use mesh implants as the “recommended method”, despite known risks and complications.
Patients are often not offered any sort of alternative treatment after diagnosis of a hernia and, unlike vaginal mesh surgery, there are no guidelines from the UK health watchdog NICE on the use of mesh for treating hernias. To make matters worse, having a mesh implant removed can be a risky operation as it embeds itself in the surrounding tissue over time and is designed to be permanent.
Mesh implant complications
- Tenderness and pain
- Internal bleeding
- Mesh sticking to intestines / adhesion
- Autoimmune reactions to the mesh / rejection
- Bowel and intestine blockage
- Mesh shrinkage
- Nerve damage
- Organ perforation
The most serious complications that are potentially fatal are: adhesion, bowel obstruction or perforation, infection, rejection and migration.
Symptoms of mesh complications
Complications can be hard to diagnose due to similarities of other conditions, however you should contact a doctor if you have had hernia mesh surgery and experience any of the following:
- Difficulty urinating or passing gas and stool
- Excessive pain, bruising, or swelling
- High fever (101 degrees) after recent surgery
- Increased redness or drainage from the incision after recent surgery
- Nausea, vomiting or other flu-like symptoms
- Stiffness in the abdomen
No win no fee compensation claims
A No Win No Fee arrangement means you don’t need to worry about any upfront legal fees. Simply put we take on your case and if you do not win compensation you will not have to pay any solicitors costs
Significant numbers of people are suffering pain and disability caused by hernia mesh implants. If you feel you might be suffering from complications due to a hernia mesh procedure you might be able to make a claim for compensation. Please contact one of our NHS specialist solicitors for free advice and to discuss your claim.