Hernia Mesh Failure Symptoms & How to Deal with Them

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Hernia mesh failure symptoms can start manifesting from as soon as a few days after the surgery, and they can remain undetected for periods of up to 5 years. These complications often result in you experiencing pain, recurrence, infection, bowel perforation and even, adhesion.

Incidences of hernia mesh complications have continued to soar over the years. Can you believe that in the first two months of 2018 alone, there were an estimated 54,000 processed and pending cases of hernia mesh complications in the US, according to the Consumer Safety Board.

Recalls

Before getting that all-important hernia mesh correction procedure, it’s prudent to learn more about how to protect yourself if complications do arise. In the past, surgeons were faced with the problem of recurring hernias. That was until the invention of the hernia mesh implant technology came about. The implants act to strengthen the weakened tissues and muscles surrounding the herniated organ.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive impact hernia mesh implants have brought to date, many surgeons remain highly skeptical of the safety of the mesh devices. Since the early 2000s, there have been thousands of reported complications emanating from a hernia mesh surgical solution. Most of the blame for the hernia mesh failure symptoms have been heaped to the manufacturers. Today, the jury remains pretty much hang and the best researchers can do is to request more time to analyze long-term data on the use of these advanced hernia mesh implants.

Regulation Status  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been very keen to monitor and regulate this particular medical product. For the past couple of years, the FDA has recalled the hernia treating implants from a barrage of global manufacturers. Some of the recalled brands include the C.R Bard’s Kugel hernia mesh. In 2012, the FDA is on record issuing a stern warning and advisory letter to the manufacturers of the mesh device called C-QUR. Atrium, the manufacturer of C-QUR chose to ignore the warning and that prompted the FDA to act by issuing a Class 2 recall on the product. The recall move was eventually preceded by a lawsuit against the manufacturer in 2015.

C-QUR Mesh Study

Once the materials lacing these mesh devices degrade they start to release harmful by-products that flood the body and this has dire health consequences. For instance, studies have shown that patients who use the C-QUR mesh to treat hernias are at a greater risk of developing hernia mesh failure symptoms listed here. The reason being that C-QUR is laced with the polypropylene polymer comprised of fish oil. That fish oil is said to cause mild to severe allergies, adhesions, and even abnormal scarring. The C-QUR mesh also undergoes gradual shrinkage with time and this leads to an irritation of surrounding tissue and flesh which in turn provokes an unnecessary immune response.

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