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Hernia Mesh Surgery Adds Unnecessary Complications

Nerve and tissue damage can occur that leads to hernia repair mesh difficulties

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - Even though laparoscopic hernia repair surgery using hernia mesh leaves the patient with only a tiny one to two-inch incisions on the outside of the body, the surgery to repair the hernia on the inside can be exceedingly complicated. Many times a second revision surgery is necessary because the doctor was untrained in using the complex computerized technology that blind laparoscopic surgery entails. Doctors at the world-renowned Shouldice Hernia Repair Hospital in Canada have pointed out that few doctors have the 600 plus hours of laparoscopic experience that is necessary to operate the machinery correctly and that puts the patient at risk. An example of what could go wrong happened recently and highlights the needless dangers of using hernia repair mesh. 32-year old Mario Falcone of the United Kingdom recently had hernia surgery using the controversial hernia repair mesh resulting in catastrophic device failure and nearly costing him his life. Falcone required revision surgery to repair nerve damage caused by an improperly implanted hernia repair mesh. OK! reports "Mario ... explain(ed) that doctors made a mistake during the procedure, which left him unable to stand up. And then, unfortunately, the procedure didn't go to plan, they stitched a nerve into the mesh so I had to stay in that night because I couldn't stand up," he said."

Hernia repair experts in the UK are concerned over the number of people that have called the BBC about their hernia repair mesh device, complaining of chronic pain, tissue laceration, internal bleeding, and nerve damage like what happened to Mr. Falcone. Officials also question the approval process used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sped hernia repair mesh devices to market without thorough pre-market human testing. A report published earlier this year in the Shropshire Star sounded an alarm bell. "The BBC has heard from nearly 300 people who have experienced complications from the mesh, including chronic pain, infections, and organ perforations. There have been reports that the mesh can cut into tissue and nerves, leaving some people unable to walk, work, or care for their children. International guidelines estimate that one in 10 patients will experience significant chronic pain following a mesh repair." Physiomesh hernia mesh injury lawsuits enable individuals to seek compensation for the medical expenses, pain and suffering that have resulted from this defective product.

Doctors that are advocates of using hernia repair mesh may fail to take into consideration that implanting hernia repair mesh is permanent and may not appreciate the difficulties of retrieving it if something goes wrong. Doctors fear that upwards of one in three of the millions of hernia repair operations that use hernia mesh could eventually fail and require a second, third, fourth, or more surgeries to locate the pieces, to retrieve them, and to repair the internal damage they have done.

In the US, hernia repair mesh failure trials are slated to begin in early 2021. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Ethicon, Bard, and other manufacturers of hernia repair mesh for failing to properly test the product and for failing to warn patients of the potential for catastrophic failure and injuries.

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