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Hernia Repair Mesh Was A Really Bad Idea

Theoretically, all hernia repair mesh made from a certain chemical will fail and require revision surgery to repair the hernia naturally

Monday, April 15, 2019 - Several years ago, Ethicon Inc., maker of Physiomesh hernia repair mesh and a member of the Johnson & Johnson medical devices group, voluntarily withdrew the Physiomesh Composite hernia mesh from the market worldwide and permanently. The withdrawal was in response to the European hernia watchdog group Herniamed having had multiple reports of the mesh failing in patients necessitating revision surgery. Following that the United Kingdom's British Medical Journal discovered and wrote that failed hernia repair devices may negatively affect the health of upwards of 170,000 patients and will require that the device is removed, if possible, and hernias repaired once again. Hernia repair experts like those at Canada's Shouldice Hospital feel that hernia repair mesh is just a gimmick design to line the pockets of doctors untrained in natural tissue hernia repair, citing that most hernia repair mesh is done by laparoscopy where less than 10% of doctors have the 600-plus laparoscopic procedures under their belt necessary to become proficient at using the micro-surgical device. All this and more has caught the attention of lawmakers in the United States and Australia who are now pushing for greater regulation of hernia repair mesh devices. Ethicon Physiomesh lawyers represent families and individuals harmed from hernia repair mesh and offer a free consultation with no obligation to file a claim.

When all is said and done hernia repair mesh is a bad idea for a number of reasons that should have been obvious to anyone so concerned. To begin with, a hernia repair mesh that is placed on the abdominal wall has to be mechanically strong enough to support the wall but also flexible enough to meet the demands of the human torso in bending stretching and contracting. The abdomen is a dynamic organ and as such moves constantly with each and every motion a person makes. In fact, most personal physical therapists would agree that the abdominal core of a person must be strengthened before attempting to strengthen other areas of the body. Medical device manufacturers like Ethicon and others chose to make their hernia repair meshes out of a material called polypropylene, a petroleum-based plastic composite known for its strength and flexibility and used primarily in packaging. That see-through packaging for the little device you bought at Best Buy the other day, you know the thing you could not open without a scissor or a knife ... that's polypropylene, durable and flexible.

The major concern with polypropylene, however, is that the human immune system automatically attacks polypropylene as a foreign object and sets out to destroy, degrade and expel it. The body's first line of defense against this invader is to create an infection an obliterate the intruder as well as all human tissues surrounding it that it deems necessary. When degraded by infection, hernia mesh no longer stays put on the hernia where it was intended to support and it, or degraded pieces of it, are free to travel down to the lower intestines and perforate them releasing feces into the abdomen. Infection chemically degrades polypropylene into a substance that can be absorbed into the bloodstream causing headaches, fever, fatigue, nausea, body aches, a generally compromised autoimmune system and quite possibly causing long-term damage to the DNA. Polypropylene is really great when used to pack a ham sandwich, but not so good at supporting hernia repairs.

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