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Laparoscopic Hernia Mesh Removal Can Break Hernia Mesh Into Pieces If Performed Improperly

Few surgeons are trained in any form of hernia mesh repair and attempting laparoscopy adds to the complications

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Over the last twenty years, more and more doctors have switched from natural-tissue hernia repair using traditional surgical methods, to using hernia repair mesh with laparoscopy. Hernia mesh implants are a multi-billion dollar annual business. Millions of hernia repair mesh implants have been performed in this fashion in recent years and an alarming number of complaints have surfaced from patients. Hernia mesh's advocates brag that the number of hernia recurrences has dropped dramatically since they started using hernia mesh yet the complications that occur are more frequent and severe when hernia mesh and laparoscopy are used. Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits handled by national attorneys offer a free consultation and no obligation consultation before filing a claim.

Since most hernia mesh implants are performed laparoscopically, doctors naturally attempt to remove the mesh in the same manner. Experienced hernia repair doctors acknowledge that laparoscopic surgery is very dangerous when inserting or removing hernia repair mesh. Advocates of natural tissue hernia repair recommend using traditional surgical procedures to remove hernia repair mesh even if the device was inserted by laparoscopy as there is too great a risk of breaking the device into pieces. Only a small percentage of laparoscopic hernia repair doctors have the necessary 600-plus hours of laparoscopic training required to use the device properly and safely.

As a result of having been degraded and weakened, hernia repair mesh often breaks into pieces when laparoscopic removal is attempted. Patients complain that the device was never set properly above the hernia it was intended to support and the device migrated to other organs like the intestines and bowels where life-threatening blockages can occur. When the hernia mesh moves it can become lodged by scar tissue in other organs or the intestines causing a dangerous blockage and possible nerve damage. Hernia mesh patients have complained of developing rashes caused by being allergic to the device as well as from a compromised auto-immune system. Finally, when hernia mesh is attacked by the immune system the plastic device can disintegrate into a gel-like substance and be absorbed into the bloodstream compromising one's immune system.

The most common adverse reaction hernia repair mesh patients complain about is chronic pain at the site of the hernia repair incision. Hernia repair mesh is made from a composite of absorbable and nonabsorbable compounds one of which is polypropylene. Polypropylene has a unique combination of being very strong but also extremely flexible. One company Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson medical group, was forced to voluntarily remove the Ethicon Physiomesh Composited device from the market due to a high number of device failures. While the company refuses to admit to any specific reason for the product's failure experts suspect that polypropylene's degradation was the reason. Yet another reason for requiring revision surgery is that hernia mesh design encourages infections to breed. Given the net-like structure of hernia mesh material, the device acts as a repository for bacteria and infections are prolific at the site of the hernia repair. In addition, hernia repair mesh is a foreign object and is rejected and attacked almost immediately by the body's natural immune system.

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