Despite reports questioning the benefits of abdominal mesh, and studies indicating the risks may outweigh the benefits, mesh manufacturers continue to sell possibly defective hernia mesh and doctors continue to perform hernia mesh surgeries. (A study published last October in JAMA concluded that the “benefits attributable to mesh are offset in part by mesh-related complications”.) And too many people with hernia implants are suffering, some for a number of years.
Steve (not his real name) had hernia repair surgery six years ago and says he has been in extreme pain ever since. “I’ve had many trips to the ER with recurring infections. It gets so bad that I can’t urinate or have bowel movements,” he says. “This is a terrible way to live. I’ve already had two more surgeries to remove the mesh, to no avail.”
“The day after my hernia surgery I felt pain but my doctor told me it would go away. Wrong. I had to have another surgery and they found the mesh all caught up in my intestines,” says Connie (not her real name). “That was two years ago and I get spasms in my abdomen all the time.”
And another complaint from Juan in California. “I had a hernia operation back in 2010, where a surgical mesh was used in the surgery and I incurred infections, recurrence of the hernia, more surgery to correct the problem plus lengthy recuperations in the hospital and at home,” says Juan. “After the second operation performed by another surgeon, he told me that the mesh was stuck to the inside of my abdomen and that he had to literally scrape it off. The second surgeon also told me that this mesh was the largest piece of repair material he had ever seen. I believe this mesh was defective but no one is admitting it.”
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If you have been implanted with a hernia mesh and have pain and/or infection, you might want to seek legal help.