Hernia Mesh Complications and Their Cause

There are many options available for the treatment of hernias. Due to the fact that hernias have an extremely high rate of recurrence, many surgeons use surgical mesh to strengthen the repair of a hernia and in theory, also reduce the rate of a hernia recurring.

Why is Hernia Mesh Used for Hernia Treatment?

While hernias are a common medical issue, a surgical treatment should be used to mitigate or heal the problem, not cause further complications and medical problems. According to the FDA, since the 1980’s there has been a significant increase in repairs made using a mesh product. So much so, by the year 2000 non-mesh repairs accounted for less than ten percent of groin hernia repair techniques.

Complications Caused by Hernia Repair Surgery

Based on FDA’s analysis of medical device adverse event reports and of peer-reviewed, scientific literature, the most common adverse events for all surgical repair of hernias—with or without mesh—are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion), blockage of the large or small intestine (obstruction), bleeding, abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines (fistula), fluid buildup at the surgical site (seroma), and a hole in neighboring tissues or organs (perforation).

The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction. Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction).

Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh that has been reported to the FDA have been associated with recalled mesh products. Pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation are the most common complications associated with the recalled mesh. In the FDA’s analysis of medical adverse event reports to the FDA, recalled mesh products were the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you don’t have to suffer through the pain anymore. Contact our office to report your issues associated with hernia mesh surgery so we can get you the justice you deserve.