What is Hernia Mesh Made of?

There are two different kinds of hernia mesh: absorbable and non-absorbable. Absorbable mesh is typically made of animal tissue that has been processed for medical use. This type of mesh is designed to disintegrate as new tissue grows to strengthen the hernia repair. Non-absorbable mesh is made of synthetics and is designed to provide long-term reinforcement to the hernia repair site. Some types of hernia mesh combine absorbable with non-absorbable material, though these are not as common.

While the absorbable hernia mesh is less likely to result in injury, all patients who have had hernia mesh placed are at risk for serious complications, making it important that symptoms of failed mesh be monitored. These include:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Heat or soreness around the surgical site
  • Difficulties passing stool
  • Fever and nausea

According to the FDA, bowel perforation and obstruction are the most common consequences of defective hernia mesh. The agency also lists hernia migration and contraction, internal bleeding, infection, and blockage of the small and large intestines as potential consequences of mesh hernia repair. If you have had hernia mesh placed and are experiencing symptoms of mesh failure, swift action is necessary to prevent potentially fatal consequences. If your hernia mesh has resulted in additional medical expenses, financial burdens, and personal pain and suffering, the St. Paul defective medical device attorneys at GoldenbergLaw are here to help you get the full compensation you deserve.

With over 30 years of proven results, the product liability lawyers at our firm have the experience and dedication your case demands. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you get fair compensation for all of your damages.

GoldenbergLaw is located in Minneapolis. We serve hernia mesh patients living in the Twin Cities, surrounding areas of Minnesota, and throughout the nation.


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