Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Auger & Auger defective medical device attorneys are actively pursuing lawsuits on behalf of patients who were injured by hernia meshes. These devices are used after a hernia surgery to help support damaged or otherwise weak tissue as it heals. Unfortunately, many of these meshes are created with dangerous materials that have been shown to cause harm to people.
Complications stemming from hernia meshes can be serious, and even life-threatening. Patients who were harmed by a hernia mesh, as well as their families, may be entitled to compensation for damages. The experienced attorneys at Auger & Auger can help recover these damages on your behalf.
Why Hernia Meshes Are Dangerous
Not every hernia mesh poses a serious threat. The main factor is the material of which the mesh is made. Many meshes are made with polypropylene, a type of plastic. This thermoplastic polymer is used in many different applications, such as for plastic food containers, because it is heat-resistant and does not react to many chemicals like dish detergents.
However, manufacturers warn against using polypropylene in any application involving permanent implantation in the body. This is because the plastic can erode when it is in the body, causing serious complications when pieces of the mesh begin migrating. Infections may appear throughout the body, resulting in a number of complications, from colon issues to jaw infections.
Some meshes are made entirely from polypropylene. After some red flags were raised, manufacturers began putting a coating on their polypropylene meshes to create a barrier between the plastic and the organs. However, these “composite meshes” have not been proven to be any more safe than uncoated ones. In fact, they may be even more dangerous, as many manufacturers used a loophole to get around FDA testing of composite meshes.
Complications Resulting from Defective Hernia Meshes
As mentioned above, eroded hernia meshes can cause infections throughout the body. It can also cause nerve damage and a recurrence of the hernia. Other common issues include:
- Mesh adhering to bowels
- Bowel obstruction
- Formation of fistulas
- Sudden loss of teeth
- Development of autoimmune disorders
- Renal failure
- Meshoma, or the bunching up of the mesh into a hard body
- Liver abnormalities
- Testicle removal
And many others. Polypropylene can cause damage to any organ it comes into contact with, regardless of what outdated studies say. Many doctors have largely ignored new studies that show the danger of polypropylene meshes and continue to implant them in patients.
Symptoms of a Defective Hernia Mesh
If you have been implanted with a hernia mesh in the past few years, watch out for these symptoms of infection:
- Severe headaches
- Aches and pain in joints
- Abnormal seating
- Abdominal pain
- Painful sex
- Pain in the leg, groin or testicles
- Dental issues
If you have or currently are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative you seek medical attention as quickly as possible. If your doctor says your issues were caused by a defective hernia mesh, you have legal options.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective hernia mesh, contact the experienced attorneys at Auger & Auger at (855) 971-1114 or online today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Depending on your situation, we can meet in our office, at your residence or even in the hospital. Don’t wait; we can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.