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Think Twice Before Accepting A Doctor's Hernia Mesh Recommendation

Of all of the defective medical devices being rushed to market, none has a higher rate of failure than the hernia repair patch

Friday, November 9, 2018 - A hernia is a relatively painless protrusion of the intestines through the section of the body that was designed to contain them. According to hernia authority, "The most common types of a hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach). In an inguinal hernia, the intestine or the bladder protrudes through the abdominal wall or into the inguinal canal in the groin." Over one million hernia repair surgeries are performed every year. About 80% of all hernia surgeries are to repair inguinal hernias.

Ethical physicians, most of them traditional surgeons, may advise their hernia patients to wait and see and not to rush into surgery if the patient is not in pain. Other doctors, however, particularly those on the payroll of medical device manufacturer that produce and market the hernia mesh repair device, tend to lean towards surgically repairing any and all hernias immediately citing the fact that a hernia will never get better on its own. Doctors can charge at least twice the fee for admitting the patient to the hospital and using a hernia mesh device. In spite of multi-million dollar sales, Johnson & Johnson chose to voluntarily recall its Physiomesh hernia repair mesh due to the high number of revision surgeries. If you are not in immediate pain and you feel that your doctor is rushing you into hernia repair surgery using a hernia mesh medical device, you may be right in questioning his or her judgment and get a second opinion.

Hernia surgery has always been a serious yet routine form of surgical procedure and perfect for modern laparoscopic technology. Repairing hernias using traditional sutures has worked well for decades until a company invented and brought to market a device called hernia repair mesh. Hernia repair mesh is a strong yet flexible plastic mesh resembling what a person would use to repair a hole in a screen door. The mesh can be cut and trimmed to fit the individual needs of each patient. Physicians are told that using the hernia repair mesh will reinforce the area in the abdomen, umbilical cord, or site of a previous surgery where a hernia occurred. Hernia repair mesh is failing, however, in record numbers, causing patients crippling pain, and necessitating surgical removal. Hernia repair meshes made of polypropylene may be attacked by the body's natural immune system and degrade over time. Polypropylene hernia repair meshes tend to shrink and harden forming sharp edges that cause pain. Hernia repair mesh can cause infections and become detached from the area of a hernia and migrate to the lower intestines where it may cause life-threatening blockages. Some surgeons that perform hernia revision surgery have reported having to remove a section of a patient's lower intestine where the hernia mesh device perforated.

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