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Consumer Advocate Ralph Nadar Speaks About Hernia Repair Mesh Malpractice

Hernia repair mesh complications could be eliminated if doctors would opt for natural tissue hernia repair instead

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - Laparoscopy and hernia repair mesh present potential problems far greater than the meager benefits the procedure may offer. Consumer advocate Ralph Nadar interviewed a doctor from the Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Ontario, Canada and published the conversation in a YouTube video on his channel The Ralph Nadar Radio Hour. Patients that suffer from failed hernia repair mesh should consult with a hernia mesh attorney to see if they qualify to file a claim for monetary damages. Ethicon hernia mesh lawsuits are represented by top national attorneys and offer a free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.

Nadar set the tone of the interview by saying that the John Hopkins School of medicine, "put out a report (in 2017) estimating conservatively 250,000 fatalities per year in hospitals due to hospital-induced infections, hospital malpractice, hospital errors, mis-prescription of drugs, and other preventable conditions, and that hospitalization itself has been called the third leading cause of preventable death in America, now at an epidemic level." Nadar identifies hernia repair mesh as a major contributor to the growing number of commercial and medical malpractice injuries and deaths.

A reason US doctors give for using synthetic plastic hernia repair mesh is that it reduces the hernia recurrence rate. A study conducted by the University of Toronto that reviewed 250000 hernia operations conducted over 14 years in Ontario found, however, a 5% hernia recurrence rate for all hospitals using hernia repair mesh whereas only 1% recurrence for natural tissue repairs done at Shouldice. Nadar stated that there is a profit motive behind companies pushing the use of hernia repair mesh but moreover that learning hernia repair mesh technique is easy to sell to doctors because it does not require the skill that natural tissue repair demands. Doctors that use laparoscopic hernia repair require more training than do natural tissue doctors. Most US hernia mesh repair surgeons do not have the recommended 500-600 hours of experience on laparoscopic equipment and often fail to place hernia repair mesh properly in the place where it would do the most good or to affix the mesh permanently in place. Other times surgeons can damage other organs accidentally if they are not an expert using the laparoscopic equipment.

Thousands of hernia mesh repair patients are left in incredible pain that requires taking pain relief drugs which have side effects including addiction. Nadar questions why hernia repair doctors in the US have not adopted the natural tissue repair method which he says is easy to learn, safer, cheaper, and has a lower recurrence rate than using mesh. The hernia mesh industry has spent a lot of money training doctors in the use of laparoscopic equipment and how to utilize hernia repair mesh. Doctors at Shouldice stress that hernia repair patients should not be rushed home and kept under supervision for the first 48-72 hours post-op. Natural tissue hernia repair patients are forced to get up and get moving with supervised activities rather than simply going home and lying in bed waiting for their incisions to heal or infection to set in.

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