To treat a fully developed hernia, one needs to opt for the surgical intervention. Over a million people undergo hernia repair surgery in the U.S. every year either through laparoscopy or through open surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received a huge number of adverse reports which are linked to hernia mesh complications. It prompted them to initiate device recalls for the mesh manufacturers marketing defective devices.
The hernia mesh surgery helps to support the damaged or weakened tissues around abdominal region. The woven fibers of the surgical mesh are made from sheet of synthetic material or from animal tissues. Abdominal hernia surgery involves staples, stitches or glue which attach the mesh in the required region. However, the adverse reports about the hernia meshes state how the defectively designed devices caused them debilitating pain and reduced the quality of everyday life.
The most commonly reported complications from the hernia meshes include but not limited to:
The complications became so frequent that in February 2018, the FDA released a statement on hernia surgical mesh implant citing “despite reduced rates of recurrence, there are situations where the use of surgical mesh for hernia repair may not be recommended. Patients should talk to their surgeons about their specific circumstances and their best options and alternatives for hernia repair.”
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