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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 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.
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.”
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.