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07. Hernia Mesh

Hernia Mesh

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Hernia repairs are often done by implanting a mesh product in the body. Several specific products used in hernia repair surgeries are now under intense scrutiny due to side effects and complications occurring with patients.

If you have had a hernia repair surgery, you likely are well aware of the symptoms and description of a hernia. However, for those who may not be as well informed, a hernia happens when the lining or organ protrudes through the layer of muscles in the stomach creating a bulge.

Several kinds of hernias exist:

  • A hernia that occurs in the wall of the abdomen, known as a ventral or abdominal hernia

  • A hernia that happens within a surgical incision site from a prior operation or injury, called an incisional hernia

  • Hernias that happen around the area of the groin are known as inguinal hernias

  • A hernia that happens at or in the surrounding area of the navel is known as an umbilical hernia

  • A hernia that erupts where the stomach and esophagus meet is known as a hiatal hernia

The following problems have been reported by patients with hernia mesh implants:

  • Abdominal ulcers

  • Obstruction of the bowels

  • Perforation of internal organs

  • Renal failure

  • Failure and/or erosion of the product

  • Allergic reactions; and

  • Fistulas in the intestines

Several models of hernia mesh have been recalled from the market due to safety issues.

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