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Polypropylene Plastic Used to Make Hernia Mesh Is Making Patient Ill

Scientists and researchers agree that polypropylene used in flexible mesh medical devices may degrade and cause serious medical complications

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - The medical devices industry in general and hernia mesh makers specifically are in big trouble if one fundamental truth is brought to light. That simple fact is that the human body naturally rejects polypropylene plastic implanted within it and will do whatever it can to reject and expel the foreign invader. The body's immune system produces acids to dissolve, degrade or otherwise destroy foreign elements within it, and polypropylene plastic is as foreign as it gets. Structural degradation is not as noticeable in large plastic medical devices like artificial knees and hips but it much more apparent in delicate, thin devices such as transvaginal mesh and hernia repair mesh. These fragile screen door-like meshes are calcifying, degrading, crumbling, buckling and otherwise failing patients in record numbers and the European medical community is concerned that up to 170,000 such hernia mesh patients lives may be in grave danger from inevitable hernia repair mesh failure. Hernia mesh repair lawyers represent families nationwide and offer a free consultation.

Hernia repair mesh failure leaves the patient in constant, excruciating pain and unable to perform even the most basic functions in life like walking or bending over to tie one's shoes. On the bright side, successfully removing 100% of a failed hernia mesh through revision surgery usually alleviates all of the symptoms and pains that the hernia mesh was causing. The body's instinct is to destroy the plastic in the medical device and that causes redness, infection, flu-like symptoms, nausea, headaches, constant body aches, and high fever.

74-year-old New Zealander John Pritchard gave his account of his hernia repair mesh nightmare to, a human interest online magazine. Pritchard told Stuff that hernia repair mesh ruined his life as he was in constant groin pain and unable to move normally. Prichard's pain was so intense that he contemplated suicide. Mr. Pritchard was told that he was crazy by the doctor that implanted the hernia mesh when he returned to him complaining of his symptoms. The doctor's misdiagnosis led to an increased risk to his life and additional pain and suffering as he was forced to live with the device until its removal.

Photos of the hernia mesh showed that it looked more like an unraveling wet cigar than the elegant, thin, clear plastic device that went in. The device had shriveled, crumpled, buckled and turned brown from the life-threatening infection that it was breeding. Mr. Pritchard went from being in a pain medication-induced stupor to a normal life of fixing things and gardening almost overnight when the device was removed. "My family say I'm like Superman now because I've gone from doing nothing and basically in a stupor with painkillers, to doing lots of jobs - painting and fixing things."

Polypropylene plastic was used by major medical device manufacturers to make the failed, recalled, and now banned transvaginal mesh and the increasingly problematic hernia repair mesh device. Polypropylene was chosen because of its strength and flexibility as an ideal support mesh in areas of the body like the female renal system as well as the abdominal cavity where successful hernia repair requires both characteristics.

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