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Hernia Repair Mesh Problems Include Auto Immune Disorders

Hernia repair mesh is made from a plastic that was never intended to be placed inside the human body

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - Men and women who have had hernia repair share their ongoing horror stories on social media and report that their hernia repair problems started the moment they had the operation as their immune system attacked the foreign object and created excessive seroma, the fluid that can build up surrounding a surgical incision. Some of the more serious cases involve fluid bursting out through the patient's navel and necessitating several surgeries to remove the hernia repair device. Others have suffered serious infections at the surgical site that requires drainage several times per week. Most doctors fail to inform their patients of the risks of excessive seroma buildup, the likelihood of infection, and now autoimmune problems that are occurring when the body rejects the plastic hernia repair device. Physiomesh hernia lawsuits handled by top national attorneys with vast experience and a winning track record litigating against big corporations and offer a free consultation.

A new study reported by Medical Plastic News (MPN) claims that polypropylene plastic surgical mesh used for hernia repair and to repair pelvic organ prolapse is responsible for a variety of adverse health conditions linked to an autoimmune disorder. Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology, told MPN that hernia mesh repair patients exhibited "chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as "brain fog," muscle and joint pain "fibromyalgia," feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth," as a result of the chemical decomposition of the plastic medical device within the human body. Hernia mesh is multi-layered and one of the layers is usually polypropylene plastic, a material that is noted for its strength and flexibility and has a usefulness as a plastic sandwich bag or microwaveable storage container, not a medical device that is intended to spend years or decades within the human body. Dr. Tervaert reported studying 40 patients and found that they all had an adverse reaction to the hernia repair mesh with about half of the patients suffering "an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis." Studies have shown that polypropylene plastic degrades, calcifies, crumples, buckles and liquefies when it is instantly attacked by the body's natural immune system. Dr. Tavaert deduced, "When a foreign body is put into the body, there is an instant activation of the immune system. It continues to fight the foreign body and eventually, over time, fatigues and becomes dysfunctional."

When hernia repair mesh is attacked by the body's immune system it naturally comes undone from the area that it was intended to support and is free to migrate within the abdominal cavity. The device or pieces of the device usually travel downwards with gravity and wind up lodged in the lower intestines or bowels. It usually requires removing a section of the intestines several inches long to extract the plastic hernia repair device that has lacerated the organ and become encased in scar tissue. More serious problems are occurring to hernia repair mesh patients when the mesh device lacerates the bowels causing obstruction and releasing fecal matter into the abdominal cavity. Experts fear that over the course of the next decade over 30% of all hernia repair mesh devices could fail and require revision surgery to extract.

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