Have you had surgery to repair a hernia? For many people, this is a straightforward procedure that fixes their hernia without any problems. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences a smooth and complete recovery. Here’s what you need to know about possible complications from these implants:
What Are Hernias and Hernia Mesh Implants?
Your body’s muscles and connective tissues normally hold your organs in place and protect them. However, a variety of conditions can make those tissues weaker. Sometimes intestines or other organs may begin to squeeze through those weak spots. These bulges can occur in a number of places, but the most common hernia sites are along the groin and at various parts of the abdomen.
Surgical meshes can be implanted to correct this problem. These reverse the hernias by shoring up the weaker connective tissues and holding your organs in the proper place. Mesh implants are often very effective at this, but they can also fail. Some implants have a much higher failure rate than others.
What Are the Signs of Hernia Mesh Complications?
The symptoms you may experience depend on what kind of complication has happened and how long the problem has been going on. Six common signs of possible complications are:
- Some pain is typical after any surgery, but it’s a concern if the pain is intense, lingers, or gets worse over time.
- This can include both intestinal cramps and cramping muscles. Cramping may also be accompanied by diarrhea or constipation.
- Swelling and redness. Both of these are signs of irritation and possible infection. Infection is a particular concern here as it can travel to other vital organs of the body.
- Fever or chills. This is another sign of possible serious complication including infection or mesh rejection. Even if it’s ‘flu season,’ it’s important to get checked out to rule out serious problems.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. All of these signs indicate that something has gone wrong with your digestive system. The hernia mesh may have failed or migrated, or another hernia and obstruction may have formed.
- Bleeding or blood in the urine. This is another highly dangerous sign that needs immediate medical attention.
Have you been experiencing pain, swelling, vomiting, or one of the other symptoms of a complication? Go to your doctor immediately. Hernia mesh complications will get worse over time and can become life threatening.
You may also be entitled to compensation for what you’ve gone through. As soon as it’s possible, discuss your case with a law firm that has experience in product liability cases. They will be able to explain your legal options.