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Hernia Repair Mesh Trials Will Highlight Polypropylene Plastic Properties

Research scientists insist that polypropylene plastic is incompatible with organic tissue and has no place in the human body

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - If ever there was faulty logic behind a medical device it would be the use of polypropylene plastic as hernia repair mesh. Hernia repair is intended to be a permanent solution to a hernia and natural tissue hernia repair can last a lifetime. Hernia mesh, on the other hand, is untested and unlikely to last more than ten years into the future at best before the body rejects the foreign object. Millions of people are having hernia repair mesh every year and a new medical industry is emerging that specializes in finding and removing hernia mesh that has migrated. One Australian man recently reported that complications from routine hernia mesh surgery have required him to have seven additional major surgeries... and he still has an open hernia! Bellwether trials are in their initial stages where plaintiffs allege Ethicon Physiomesh hernia repair mesh malfunctioned and caused them physical injury.

Hernia patients in Europe have been vocal in their opposition to surgeons and hospitals that use hernia repair mesh. Experts think that one in three hernia mesh repair surgeries will need to be revised within the first ten years. Many will include similarly catastrophic complications. One common complication is when the hernia repair mesh disintegrates into multiple small, sharp pieces that travel within the abdominal cavity and lacerate the bowels or cause blockage. Some patients have reported that a hernia mesh-pierced bowel has caused fecal material to spill into their abdomen. Some countries have limits on how long after the initial hernia mesh surgery a person has to file a claim against the medical device manufacturer.

Natlawreview.com lists some of the complications that have been reported by hernia repair mesh patients. They include, "bowel obstruction, which can cause vomiting, nausea, and the inability to pass stools or gas, hernia recurrence, in which the hernia that was supposed to be repaired comes back, infection, typically characterized by fever and flu-like symptoms, mesh migration or shrinkage, which can lead to bowel obstructions, adhesions, or abscesses, and mesh rejection, which often presents with pain, tenderness, and swelling at the surgical site. The last symptom is sure to occur often as the polypropylene material that hernia repair mesh is made from disintegrates and dissolves inside the body. According to a recent study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH), polypropylene plastic has no business being inside the human body. The NIH study concluded, "Polypropylene in mesh form is commonly considered inert and without adverse reactions after implantation in humans. The literature suggests otherwise with reports of various degrees of degradation, including depolymerization, cross-linking, oxidative degradation by free radicals, additive leaching, hydrolysis, stress cracking, and mesh shrinkage along with infection, chronic inflammation, and the stimulation of sclerosis. These alterations in the chemical structure of polypropylene are responsible for visibly demonstrable fiber changes, resulting in the loss of structural integrity through material embrittlement," the NIH reports.

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