First developed in the 1950s, hernia mesh products have become an accepted method for repairing hernias. However, Louisiana residents should be aware that not all of these products are safe. Many are defective and may lead to long-term injuries and additional surgery. While severe pain is considered only a minor side effect in these cases, the worst complications include bowel obstruction and infection.
Defective hernia mesh products often lead to adhesion, where scar-like tissue bonds with the mesh and gives rise to chronic pain. While mesh products usually have an anti-adhesive coating, this can be quickly dissolved. Bowel obstruction, which may succeed adhesion, causes vomiting, makes the user unable to pass stool and can even cut off blood flow. It is a life-threatening condition.
The mesh may puncture the bowel (bowel perforation), resulting in severe pain in the abdomen, vomiting, nausea and rigidity. Bacteria may get in and inflame the lining of the inner abdominal wall (peritonitis) or contribute to another infection, which, in turn, may lead to sepsis. Hernia mesh products are also known to migrate to other parts of the body.
These issues may develop immediately after surgery or years after it. Many victims have filed lawsuits for defective hernia mesh products from brands like Covidien and Bard.
An attorney who works in product liability law could help an individual who has been hurt by a hernia mesh product. There are three forms of defects that can be the basis for a claim: design, manufacturing and marketing defects. Legal counsel may hire investigators and medical professionals to obtain proof against the maker of the hernia mesh and determine how much the victim is eligible for in damages. The attorney could then handle all negotiations for a settlement.