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WARNING: These Are the Most Serious Complications

Of all the adverse events following surgery, life-threatening at worst and severely painful at the very least are the ONLY outcomes for many patients. They just about are certain to receive an additional surgery or more to correct. Here is a short list of the most serious hernia mesh complications.

MIGRATION

Migration involves serious dangers with the device coming into contact with the intestines or gallbladder. Sometimes, the dislodged mesh makes harmful contact with internal organs that can result in what is commonly referred to as an ingrowth. Basically, the implanted device starts to literally grow into the affected organ.

ADHESION

Studies involving hernia repair with mesh have shown that over 20% of patients that had this procedure were required to undergo additional surgery to remove part of their bowel. This happened because the patients intestines adhered to the device implant. The FDA describes adhesion as “scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together.”

BOWEL OBSTRUCTION

This happens when the device cuts off a section of the bowels of the patient. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and the inability to pass gas or stool. This is a potentially dangerous condition that needs immediate treatment. Left untreated, the obstruction can cut off blood flow, causing a portion of the intestine to die.

Here Are Some Other Complications


Return of the Hernia

Having a hernia reappear is the most common complication of these surgeries, mainly the ones in which the known dangerous products are used. Improper surgical technique, shrinkage of the device, and movement or migration are the main reasons for this occurrence. Additional surgeries at the identical location on the body are far greater prone to failure than first attempts.

Nerve Damage

Moderate to severe pain that lasts -- mainly if that pain can be identified as 'searing' or 'electric' -- it could potentially be a warning sign of what doctors call 'nerve entrapment'. Caused by either the implant or the stitches holding the implant, additional surgery is often times necessary to release the nerve from the device.

Infection

Although specifically designed and processed to be implanted, the human body recognizes the device as a foreign substance and reacts to it. This reaction, teamed with its inhibition of your natural defense mechanisms against germs, increase the probability of post-surgery infection in the surrounding tissues. Some infections can be treated with antibiotics but others require removal of the device and additional surgeries.

hernia mesh complicationsIF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE CONTACT A DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
  • Difficulty making bowel movements
  • Excessive pain, bruising, or swelling
  • A fever around 101 degrees
  • Redness or drainage from the incision
  • Flu-like symptoms including nausea
  • Stiffness in the abdomen
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