If you underwent surgery to repair a hernia using surgical mesh and have developed postoperative injuries, you might have a claim for damages against the mesh manufacturer. The attorneys at Stern Law, PLLC, can help you understand your rights and determine whether you can file a lawsuit.
A hernia occurs when internal organs, like the intestines, protrude through a weakened wall of muscle or tissue. Hernias are most common in the abdomen but can develop in a variety of areas and often cause pain and discomfort. The typical treatment for a hernia involves surgery to push the organs back into place and reinforce the weakened muscle or tissue wall to prevent recurrence.
One of the ways doctors repair hernias is through use of surgical mesh. The mesh is usually made of synthetic polypropylene or polyester material and is used to reinforce the weakened muscle or tissue wall while pushing the protruding organs back into place.
Hernia Mesh Studies and Injuries
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for many years has been analyzing clinical data and studies involving surgical mesh, particularly mesh made of polypropylene. Polypropylene is essentially a plastic material of the same nature you see on carpet backing. Studies show that when it is implanted inside the human body, a person will have a foreign body response, which can initially lead to infection, followed by creation of a painful, rigid wall of scar tissue around the implant.
While every hernia mesh product is unique, coming with its own set of potential complications, the FDA has stated that hernia mesh complications generally include the following:
- Mesh failure or hernia recurrence
- Chronic pain
- Fluid buildup
- Mesh erosion
- Mesh perforation
- Bowel blockage
Do I Have a Claim?
In surgical mesh cases, it can be difficult to determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit. When you contact Stern Law, you can leave that worry to us. We will investigate your claim by ordering medical records to determine the exact mesh implant you have and the full nature of your injuries.
Our team can begin helping you today, starting with a confidential consultation at no cost to you. Contact our offices today by calling (844) 808-7529, and schedule your free consultation with a dedicated and caring attorney from our law firm.