Developing a hernia mesh infection can be absolutely devastating. Antibiotics cannot do not cure hernia mesh infections, and surgery is typically required to remove the material from the body.
The revision surgery to remove hernia mesh is often time consuming and painful. Patients suffering symptoms following hernia repair may benefit from filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Inflammation is one of the designed side effects associated with hernia mesh devices composed of polypropylene. The polypropylene causes inflammation, which helps tissue growth and developing a strong bond to form around the mesh implant.
The inflammation should be reduced with time, but if it continues, it could lead to an infection forming. The inflammation caused by hernia mesh implants can make life more painful and difficult to manage as it creates tenderness and pain in the abdominal area.
The incision site may fail to heal properly if the hernia mesh implant causes an infection to develop. This can also prevent a hernia from healing properly. A seroma or fluid can begin building up at the incision site, may occur as a result of the infected hernia. The hernia repair will be unable to fully heal, causing patients even more pain. When the site of the incision feels abnormally warm, it may be related to an underlying infection developing from the hernia mesh repair.
Flu-like symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, chills or a fever, following a hernia repair operation may occur if the hernia mesh implant has caused an infection. The fever is often the body’s way of attempting to fight off an infection.
Following the repair operation, the subsequent flu-like symptoms are the body’s defense system working against the mesh and infection. Some mesh implants are equipped with an omega-3 fatty acid coating designed to help invoke the body’s immune response.
A number of the lawsuits filed against mesh manufactures involve patients who’ve suffered dental problems related to the infection caused by the implant. The patient’s teeth may become chipped, infected, weakened or even fall out. Patients who’ve had their teeth begin to deteriorate following an implant operation should be checked for a chronic mesh infection.
Around half of the patients who’ve undergone a hernia repair surgery report chronic or frequent groin pain following the operation. This pain may be debilitating enough to prevent patients from standing comfortably or partaking in their daily routine. This pain often develops from scar tissue growth or nerve damage.
When the hernia mesh does can an infection, a biofilm typically forms over the implant. The biofilm may be described as colonies of bacteria that are highly organized. As the biofilm continues to develop, it becomes highly resistant to antibiotics.
After the biofilm forms, infections are suppressed, but can no longer be cured by antibiotics. If the antibiotic treatment is discontinued, the infection will be even stronger when it returns. If biofilm does form, the hernia mesh implant must be removed from the body.