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Plastic Hernia Repair Mesh May Not Do Well Long-Term When Used Inside The Human Body

The material used to make surgical mesh devices is makes a better single-use, clear plastic sandwich bag than a device to be implanted permanently inside of a hernia patient

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Hernia repair mesh made from polypropylene plastic may degrade to an extent where not only is it no longer useful to support a surgically repaired hernia, and also may turn into a toxic mush absorbable into the bloodstream and cause a multitude of illnesses such as allergic reactions or autoimmune problems and possibly long-term DNA damage. Polypropylene is the plastic of choice for companies like Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon medical devices division who in 2016 issued a voluntary recall of all Physiomesh Composite hernia repair mesh products citing multifactorial reasons for the failure. Polypropylene is a lightweight petroleum-based plastic that is known for its strength and flexibility and would have been ideal to cope with the bending and stretching required of the abdominal region of the body had the plastic not showed the propensity to degrade once in the human body. Scientists now agree that studies on laboratory rats have shown that polypropylene plastic is probably incompatible with organic tissue. Ethicon Physiomesh recall lawyers pursuing justice on behalf of individuals and families that have been harmed by dangerous drugs and defective medical products offer a free consultation.

So many hernia repair patients have filed suit claiming that their hernia repair mesh has caused them medical distress that the FDA now requires surgeons and hospitals performing hernia revision surgery to save the hernia mesh device intact and to send it to a Florida medical storage facility for safekeeping to be examined and potentially used at trial. Some of the adverse hernia mesh events that have been recorded by the FDA's Maude Adverse Events Database include many that could leave a patient permanently disabled, a far cry from the routine inguinal hernia repair surgery that they were promised. UCI Health writes that some of the symptoms of hernia mesh failure include "Pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion (Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together), obstruction (Blockage of the large or small intestine), bleeding, fistula (Abnormal connection between organs, vessels or intestines), seroma (fluid build-up at the surgical site), and organ and tissue perforation. Hernia repair patients have told local news outlets that their hernia mesh broke free and perforated their bowels causing feces to leak into their abdominal cavity and the stomach.

The renowned Cleveland Clinic weighed in on the relative risks that hernia repair mesh presents and found that hernia repair mesh can leave patients in extreme pain to one degree or another. According to the CC, "some patients end up with chronic groin pain. It can last for months and is sometimes quite debilitating. It may even interfere with sitting or walking, says general surgeon David Krpata, MD." Doctors at Canada's Shouldice Hospital, the largest medical group in the world specializing in natural, organic hernia repair, and the hospital of choice of US Senator Dr. Rand Paul for hernia repair, say that even the laparoscopy used by hernia mesh surgeons is exceedingly dangerous because few newer doctors have the requisite training and 600 hours of experience to be able to use the sophisticated equipment properly adding to hernia mesh surgery complications that some estimate to be as high as 33% of all hernia surgeries and leading to the description of the hernia mesh problems as being epidemic in proportions.

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