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Hernia Repair Mesh Sales Continue In Spite of Requiring Revision Surgeries

It is estimated that more than 10% of all hernia repair meshes will fail every year requiring a second, revision surgery

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - The hernia repair mesh business is growing exponentially and is expected to reach into the billions of dollars per year by 2020 according to Hernia repair doctors, however, blinded perhaps by the prospects of making hundreds of thousands of dollars are failing to take hernia mesh adverse events seriously. Hernia repair mesh patients number in the millions and hundreds of thousands of them could be walking around with nothing less than a ticking time bomb inside of them.

Hernia repair mesh is made from a plastic material called polypropylene that tends to degrade and disintegrate when left in contact with human tissue. Hernia repair mesh is intended to remain strong and flexible for the life of the patient not to require to be replaced in a few short years. The plastic chemical compound of polypropylene not only buckles and crumples but also leaches its deadly chemical cocktail into the bloodstream where it does the most damage. Some hernia repair mesh patients say that they are in constant pain in every bone, joint and muscle in their body as a result of the chemicals in plastic hernia mesh. Some patients like Great Britain's David Ellis have contemplated suicide form not being able to alleviate their body's hernia mesh-related body pain. For David, not even taking morphine has helped and he, like so many others has been forced to quit their jobs. Being suicidal, David says he cannot find a reason to continue with such agony. This comes as a result of a simple 45-minute hernia repair surgery, one of the most common surgeries in the world, and one where he was told he would be up and around in less than a week, feeling good as new.

The hernia repair mesh problem is global in scale and affects Europe as much as it does the United States. The BBC has found that around 170,000 people are complaining of complications due to having laparoscopic hernia repair surgery using a polypropylene hernia repair mesh. "Leading surgeons believe the complication rate is 12-30% - which means between 68,000 and 170,000 patients could have been adversely affected in the past six years."

Polypropylene plastic was originally used for its properties of being lightweight but also strong and flexible. Not only does the polypropylene plastic hernia repair mesh crumple and buckle, however, it can also harden within the body, losing most of its flexibility, and creating sharp, jagged edges that tear into the abdomen whenever a patient moves. Jen Coles, a 34-year old woman from Great Britain suffers from abdominal pain the second she arises from bed and usually cannot even stand up straight, and requires help to walk. "I had a cane because I just felt really unsteady on my feet," she said to the BBC.

Another devastating complication arising from hernia repair mesh is that the device can break up into many separate pieces and migrate to other parts of the body making its complete removal next to impossible without multiple surgeries. Surgeons attempting to remove hernia repair mesh report that pieces have been found as far away as the bowels. Bowel perforations can cause feces to leak into the abdominal cavity and patients have even reported vomiting their own feces.

In the United States, surgically removed hernia repair mesh is required to be sent immediately to a predetermined medical storage facility in Florida for safekeeping until it can be used as evidence of the device's malfunctioning in a court of law.

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