Hernias occur when an organ or tissue squeezes through a hole or an exposed spot in the cavity where it is usually located, displacing the organ/tissue. While some hernias may not be problematic (apart from causing the occasional feeling of discomfort), others can be life-threatening if the affected organ is cut off from blood flow.
To treat hernias, surgeons use hernia mesh implants to return the organ/tissue to its original place and ensure it doesn’t move. Hernia repairs are so common that the FDA reported that U.S. surgeons perform over a million such operations yearly.
Made from durable inorganic and biological materials, mesh implants are meant to be permanent. But some types can fail, causing medical complications for the patient.
There are some telltale signs of a mesh failure, apart from chronic pain from the affected body part. They include:
There can be various reasons why a mesh implant could fail:
Sometimes, mesh failure is the result of a combination of these factors.
Patients can have mesh failures fixed through surgery. But if they’re looking for additional compensation for their pain and suffering, they can file a lawsuit for damage. Patients can file a product liability lawsuit for mesh failures caused by poor product design. And for failures caused by a surgeon’s error, they should file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Regardless of which type of lawsuit a patient goes for, they should retain the services of an attorney who can help them navigate the complicated legal process.