Surgery is often necessary to address significant health issues. In some cases, an operation involves removing tissue, such as a tumor. Other times, the point of surgery is to fix something in the body that doesn’t work as it should. In a minority of these kinds of surgeries, surgeons must reinforce the body in order to allow maximum function or the ability to heal.
Surgical mesh is a modern tool that can play a role in a number of medical surgeries. People may have surgical mesh implanted to deal with post-maternity issues in the pelvic floor or hernia-related issues. Unfortunately, for some of the people who receive transvaginal or hernia mesh implants, the device will fail or cause problematic side effects.
The kinds of reactions bodies can have to implanted surgical mesh
There are a number of negative physical reactions that people can have to surgical mesh. The risk for these reactions may go up in the scenarios where surgeons make mistakes with the placement of the mash.
Adhesions, which involve tissues that stick to one another in the body, are one potential and painful consequence for failed surgical mesh implantation. It is also possible for the mesh to tear or to rip out from the tissue, causing trauma and reducing function. Sometimes, people experience rejection, where their immune system attacks the implant. Additionally, the mesh could obstruct or perforate the bowel, leading to pain, potential infection and incontinence.
Victims of failed surgical mesh procedures may have rights
Several kinds of surgical mesh have been subject to recalls because they have high rates of failure in patients. If the brand of surgical mesh used for your operation is one of the many that have since gotten recalled, you may have grounds to take legal action against the manufacturer for a defective product that may have worsened your injury or cause secondary injuries and medical complications.
Dealing with a failed mesh implant can mean more surgeries or a worse prognosis for those who already had painful and worrisome medical conditions. In some cases, a mesh implant failure can limit future medical options. Reviewing your medical records can be a first step toward determining what options are available to you.