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Why do hernia surgeries go so wrong?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports there are more than one million hernia surgeries in the United States every year.  But there is little publicity about their side effects.

Chronic pain is a frequent occurrence and much of it is attributed to the mesh surgeons use to repair the hernia. Most mesh is synthetic.  When a foreign substance is implanted in the body, especially around the groin, it can trigger chronic inflammation, resulting in pain.

In 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that “more than 30% of patients may suffer long-term chronic pain and restricted movement” after hernia surgery, making it less than a “100% benign procedure,” according to Dr. Todd Hannaford, a past president of the American Hernia Society.

A new absorbable synthetic mesh became available in 2012. Studies of its effectiveness are inconclusive.  A new hybrid mesh – using biologic material and plastic – is under development.

It may reduce inflammation and be durable enough to prevent a recurrence of the hernia. Biologic mesh alone erodes over time, increasing the need for another surgery.

While studies show that synthetic mesh implants are the best for “long term durability,” both heavy weight meshes and light weight meshes can shrink and curl as scar tissue pulls at their edges. They do not stretch and can even contract, causing stiffness and pain.  The National Library of Medicine warns “the ideal mesh has yet to be found.”

Other side effects of hernia surgeries

According to the FDA, whether mesh is used or not, hernia repairs can routinely cause pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesions, obstructions, bleeding, abnormal connections between organs and blood vessels, intestinal blockages, excess fluid at the surgical site and a hole in surrounding tissues or organs (perforations).

Lawsuits charge mesh manufacturers hid defects

In 2014, sixteen lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson charging the company with “knowingly developing and marketing” hernia mesh that can shrink, oxidize and turn brittle and sharp.  It is also being sued for selling hernia mesh that fails more often than other mesh products.  Bloomberg News reported that  CR Bard, a manufacturer of hernia and transvaginal mesh was caught using plastic in one of its products that was “unsafe” in humans.

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