Mesh patches reduce the risk of recurrence, which is the most common complication of hernias. However, mesh increases the risk of long-term complications. In most cases, the only treatment is another surgery to remove it.
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The most serious complication of an untreated hernia is an intestinal strangulation, which requires emergency surgery or it will cause death. Surgery is the only way to fix a hernia. Over 1 million hernia surgeries are performed every year, with 80% involving groin hernias. Mesh patches are used in over 50% of these surgeries.
General Complications of Hernia Surgery
The general complications of surgery and anesthesia include allergic reactions to medications, lung collapse, shock, bleeding, blood clots, infections, nerve damage, organ damage, surgical errors, seroma/hematoma, chronic pain, and death.
Hernia recurrence is a common complication that occurs when the hernia returns after it has been surgically repaired and needs another operation. Incisional hernias have the highest risk of recurrence, with up to 20% requiring another surgery.
Hernia Mesh Complications
Hernia recurrence can be prevented with mesh patches and plugs, which are stitched inside the body to reinforce weakened tissues. The trade-off is a higher risk of long-term complications. Mesh causes complications within 5 years in 4-6% of patients, while only 1% of patients who do not receive mesh develop long-term complications, according to a study published in JAMA in October 2016.
What is the problem?
Some types of hernia mesh have higher risks than others. Lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured by Ethicon Physiomesh, a product that was pulled off the market in May 2016 after two large studies in Europe linked it to higher rates of hernia recurrence and re-operation compared to similar mesh. Lawsuits have also been filed by people who were injured by Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh and C.R. Bard/Davol Kugel Mesh.
List of Hernia Mesh Complications
- Chronic Pain
- Hernia recurrence
- Adhesions (scar-tissue)
- Intestinal perforation
- Organ damage
- Erectile dysfunction or urinary problems in men
- Foreign body reaction
- Mesh erosion, migration, hardening, shrinkage
Hernia Mesh and Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is one of the most common and under-publicized side effects of hernia surgery. Up to 30% of patients develop persistent pain or restricted movement after groin hernia repairs. Pain can occur due to nerve damage, mesh erosion, or scar-tissue growth into nerves.
Adhesions and Scar-Tissue
Hernia mesh encourages scar-tissue growth. This helps prevent recurrence, but it can be harmful. Adhesions are fibrous bands of scar-tissue that stick organs together — often intestines to the abdominal wall. Large adhesions can block the intestines, entrap nerves, cause chronic pain, urinary problems, or sexual dysfunction in men.
Foreign Body Reactions to Mesh
Sometimes the body rejects hernia mesh — a complication called a foreign body reaction. It causes chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of adhesions and chronic pain. Low-level inflammation may go unnoticed for several years.
Foreign body reactions are mostly associated with polypropylene mesh. It has also been linked to Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh, which is coated in omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil). In one case report, a 61 year-old woman who developed adhesions, pain, and a hard lump on her abdomen required surgery to remove the mesh.
Mesh Erosion or Contraction
Hernia mesh sometimes moves out of its intended position. There is a risk of it eroding into nearby tissues or organs, folding up, shrinking, or hardening. This complication is sometimes due to a bad surgery. More often, it is a secondary side effect of adhesions, physical trauma, abscesses, bleeding, or seromas. Symptoms may not occur for years.
Surgery to Remove Hernia Mesh
Hernia mesh becomes permanently embedded in the body within a few months. When late complications occur, surgery is necessary to remove the mesh. Unfortunately, removing embedded mesh is like trying to get gum out of your hair. The risk of complications is high, and with every surgery, the chances of permanently plugging the hernia go down.
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