Understanding Hiatal Hernias, Mesh Surgery, And Personal Injury
You have probably seen a lot of the commercials on TV regarding surgical mesh recalls and surgical mesh surgeries gone wrong. These are very serious complications indeed. Patients who suffer from this type of personal injury are at risk of mesh floating around the body, nicking blood vessels, causing internal bleeding, and causing potentially life-threatening situations in regards to vital organs.
If you recently had surgery for a hiatal hernia, and the surgeon stated that he/she used mesh to repair the hernia, you may or may not have cause for concern. You need to understand more about the hernia you had, the mesh that was used, and how your surgeon used it. Then you can explore the possibility of a lawsuit, if certain conditions apply.
Hiatal Hernias and the Method of Repair
Hiatal hernias are the result of part of your stomach forcing its way up inside your chest cavity. Unlike lower abdominal hernias, however, there is little concern for strangulation of the hernia. Still, doctors encourage patients to have these hernias repaired. The most common approach is to use mesh to hold the stomach down and out of the chest cavity, but the mesh often comes loose, resulting in greater life-threatening conditions.
Loose Surgical Mesh Problems
When the mesh surgery works, it is fantastic. When it does not, a lot of scar tissue develops, and you still cannot breathe any better than you did before surgery. The most common issue is mesh that comes loose and begins to float around in your chest or abdominal cavity. You may become very sick, develop a high fever while your body tries to reject the foreign "body," and even have your body attempt to absorb the mesh in order to dissolve it.
Such issues with the mesh result in internal bleeding and additional surgeries you should not have to have. To add insult to personal injury, you are stuck with the bill to remove the mesh. If this sounds like what has happened to you, you should definitely seek compensation for your medical bills, pain, and suffering.
There is also a problem with some meshes that has caused them to be recalled. If a recalled mesh was used for your hiatal hernia surgery, and it is still in place, you would have to have another surgery to remove it. That bill should not be on you, either. Consult a personal injury attorney like Trump & Trump in all of these instances.