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Patients Postponing Elective Hernia Mesh Surgery Due To Covid-19

People are avoiding hospitals and elective surgery like hernia repair for fear of contracting the Corona Virus and also the complications it could present for recovery

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - In light of the current global health situation, people who feel that they may need hernia repair surgery are postponing the procedure whenever possible. The ongoing pandemic presents possible life-threatening complications during surgical recovery. The latest study on the topic confirms the expert's worst fears. According to, "People infected with COVID-19 who need surgery have much higher odds of dying soon afterward, a new study finds. Infected patients who had surgery died at rates nearly equal to those of the sickest COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, the researchers found." An astounding 16% of elective surgeries such as elective hernia repair died within 30 days the study was conducted compared to an expected rate of 1-3%, according to the report. Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh repair attorneys offer a free consultation before filing a lawsuit claim.

Hernia patients that must have hernia surgery should look to information about the failed and recalled transvaginal surgical mesh d evice for comparisons to the performance they can expect from their hernia repair mesh implant made from polypropylene. In April 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned sales of all transvaginal mesh products for pelvic organ prolapse (Pop). Women by the millions "have had surgical mesh inserted to alleviate urinary incontinence after childbirth. The transvaginal mesh is simply another form of hernia mesh made from the same materials and manufactured by the same companies. The polypropylene component of most surgical mesh devices tends to erode into the nearby tissue and, pieces can break free to lacerate or block other organs within the abdominal cavity. Pieces of hernia repair mesh that are not immediately retrieved can cause long-term autoimmune problems and severe pain, most notably in the bowels where hernia repair mesh fragments have caused internal bleeding and blockages.

These medical complications are in addition to the unfounded risks hernia mesh patients face as the materials and methods used in hernia repair using surgical mesh have come under increased scrutiny. Hernia repair mesh devices are approved for sale before being tested on human beings. All that is needed is to compare the medical device to other similar mesh devices already on the market using the US Food and Drug Administration's 501 Fast track approval method where medical devices deemed essential can be rushed to market if they are similar to others already approved. Patients that receive the devices are then used as human tests subjects post-surgery.

Surgical mesh repurposed by manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon has been under fire and even banned in the United States for causing women to suffer severe pain and autoimmune disorders. Ethicon Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson's medical devices group recalled the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia repair mesh voluntarily in 2016 when an excessive number of complaints filed in Europe to Germany's Herniamed, medical device failure registry.

Hundreds of hernia mesh lawsuits have filed following the lead of the failed vaginal support meshes. Bellwether trials slated to begin in September of 2020 unless the pandemic worsens and forces another lockdown. You should speak with a Hernia Mesh Attorney to see if you qualify to file a claim against the device's manufacturer if you or a loved one have had surgical hernia mesh implanted and required additional surgery.

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