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Record Number of Hernia Mesh Failures Predicted in England

Hernia mesh failure is a problem that is hardly unique to the United States of America

Friday, December 7, 2018 - Medical device manufacturers and marketers are global conglomerates that operate in almost every country and continent in the world. Medical device failures in one country are sure to affect patients in other countries as is the case of the catastrophic failure of hernia repair meshes. England is a good example of what hernia mesh repair patients in North America can expect to face in the years to come.

In England, approximately a quarter of one million hernia mesh patients could be at risk of suffering life-altering consequences. According to the Huffington Post, "Experts told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show that 570,000 people in England have had hernia mesh surgery in the past six years. They estimated the risk of complications is between 12 and 30 percent, meaning as many as 170,000 people could be affected." Because hernia mesh failure usually involves severe infection, patients may require treatment in a hospital's intensive care unit and receive intravenous antibiotics.

Failed hernia mesh devices cause specific damages in patients unlucky enough to have had them implanted. Unlike other medical devices such as artificial knees, most hernia repair mesh devices are implanted in working age men and women. It is not unusual for a person working in the construction industry in one form or another to suffer a hernia that requires repair. Most would agree that the expectation for them is to miss a couple of weeks of work or a month at most making lost wages a moot point. Hernia repair surgery using hernia mesh is failing in record numbers causing up to 30% of those with the implant to seek long-term disability. Failed hernia mesh devices have caused many to be out of work for six months up to a year or more. Some hernia mesh patients have been forced to permanent disability due to persistent pain from surgeons being unable to retrieve all of the broken pieces of the mesh that have migrated throughout the abdominal cavity.

Patients have reported physical pain so intense that they are unable to walk as a result of their surgeon's inability to retrieve every piece of their degraded hernia mesh device. The psychological effects of having to undergo multiple failed hernia mesh revision surgeries can be severe, debilitating depression which can be accompanied by suicidal thoughts. Some hernia mesh revision surgeries have required the surgeon to remove and repair a section of the small intestines. Failing to properly retrieve hernia mesh device intact can result in pieces perforating other organs within the abdominal cavity, usually the lower intestines. Extreme pain is reported as the organ naturally spasms to attempt to expel the foreign object only to sink the mesh device's hardened, jagged edges deeper and deeper into the tissue.

Hernia surgery continues to be one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the world and the usage of hernia repair mesh continues unabated. Millions of people around the world are being placed at risk by a device that has not been sufficiently regulated in the past. If you or a loved one has suffered the pain of hernia mesh revision surgeries you are urged to contact a hernia mesh attorney to file a claim for reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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