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Hernia Repair Mesh Can Lacerate The Bowels Releasing Feces Into The Body Cavity

A hernia patient's skin turned brown then vomits blood and his own feces after hernia repair mesh lacerated his bowels

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - More and more details are being made public about just how destructive, and disgusting, the side effects of hernia repair mesh can be. In the past patients had reported becoming completely immobilized from the excruciating pain caused by the mesh digging into the flesh of the abdomen and intestines. Others have reported having suicidal thoughts from hernia mesh pain so severe that they can no longer sleep, walk, or enjoy any aspect of life including holding and playing with their children or grandchildren. And now, an Australian man with an intestinal blockage caused by hernia mesh migration reports actually vomiting his own blood and feces. When hernia mesh perforates the bowels, feces can move into the body cavity causing the skin to turn brown and causing vomiting. Ethicon Physiomesh attorneys can answer common Physiomesh lawsuit questions.

Peter McIlroy had undergone surgeries to repair his hernia using hernia repair mesh and was left in extreme pain and one big question, " I asked doctors why my skin was turning brown," McIlroy told ABC Australia. The doctors determined that he had developed "peritonitis" when his hernia repair mesh broke free from his abdominal wall and descended to his lower intestines, lacerating his bowels. Humorous as it may be, doctors in Australia originally misdiagnosed his peritonitis as "a suntan" from having worked outdoors until McIlroy took off his clothes to reveal the browning of his entire skin. "I don't work in the raw," he told doctors who then properly diagnosed the condition and referred him to doctors in England for hernia repair mesh removal surgery.

Surgeons around the world continue to praise hernia repair mesh because statistics show that using the mesh reduces hernia re-occurrence significantly. The Australian Board in General Surgery national chairwoman Kellee Slater told ABC news that without using mesh, hernias reoccur up to 70% of the time compared to only 5% with those using the mesh. Dr. Slater warns that there are and will continue to be risks involved with hernia repair mesh but in her 20 years of experience she feels the benefits of the medical device outweigh the risks. In 2016, however, Ethicon Inc., a unit of the Johnson & Johnson medical devices group, and maker of Physiomesh Composite hernia repair mesh, voluntarily withdrew Physiomesh from the market worldwide due to a high percentage of patients that reported hernia mesh migration requiring revision surgery.

ABC News reports that according to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission there are over 50,000 hernia mesh lawsuits pending in the United States in state and Federal courts where plaintiffs allege hernia mesh caused their internal injuries. More than 200,000 hernia repair mesh devices have been recalled since 2005 as reported by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to hernia mesh failure following hernia repair surgery.

Hernia repair surgery is one of the most common, and simple surgeries performed in the world today and should not result in catastrophic medical consequences. Hernia repair mesh sufferers may consult an attorney to see if they qualify for financial compensation.

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