A hernia is, in every case, painful, but it can also sometimes be life-threatening. Nevertheless, if the person suffering from a hernia takes the necessary precautions or undergoes recommended surgical treatment, he or she should, within a few months, be completely healthy and able to carry out day-to-day activities.
What Causes a Hernia?
Each type of hernia is principally attributable to 2 factors: an internal pressure and the weakening of the surrounding muscle or what is medically called fascia.
The pressure that comes from the internal forces of the organ (mainly the intestine) or tissue through the soft spot. The main reason for the weakening of the fascia is still unknown, but presumably, it may be prevalent since birth, or it may occur in an individual during the course of life as a result of a series of extraneous daily activities (such as excessive bending and weightlifting, etc.).
What Is Hernia Mesh Implant?
The hernia mesh is essentially a specialized medical implant that consists of specialized layers of tissue constructed and designed specifically for surgical purposes. This mesh is then placed directly inside or outside the fascia to give it the strength needed to successfully correct or prevent an inguinal hernia. These surgical meshes are usually made of a tissue-focused polymer composed of nylon, polyester, and a binder and can be used to bridge or fuse with surrounding tissues to help control the pain caused by the hernia.
Hernia Mesh Complications
Every year, nearly a million people in the United States undergo hernia surgery, but not all of them are successful in the procedure. Despite the claimed effectiveness of the hernia mesh, those who have had surgery complain of bowel obstruction, hernia recurrences, perforations, chronic pain, and migration. The potentially severe ramifications of these early adhesions and perforations are extensive and require special attention from the surgeons involved. Below are the typical hernia mesh complications most people face:
- Intestinal obstruction from a hernia mesh: This occurs when the hernia mesh, or part of it, does not keep the intestinal walls fully open or, in other words, obstructs the natural movement of stool. This causes discomfort because the abdomen is swollen.
- Abdominal pain: Acute abdominal pain should always be taken seriously. It should be a very serious symptom to have. Any level of abdominal pain in a patient with a hernia mesh rupture should be reported immediately to a health care provider as it can lead to a life-threatening complication or develop an infection. It is advisable for the patient to have the hernia mesh replaced at this time.
- Chronic pain: The chronic pain associated with a hernia can be disabling, with social isolation and a vicious cycle of illness and reduced mobility. Inadequate mobility can furthermore lead to an increased risk of functional limitations and other serious physiological problems.
- Chills can be a complication. Usually, this is due to an infection. If goes along with a couple of other complications, listed below.
- Fistula formation can occur. A fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow spaces. This can be blood vessels, intestines, or other hollow organs. Fistulas are usually caused by injury or surgery. However, they can also result from an infection or inflammation.
- Inflammation near the incision site. this is usually due to mesh migration. This is where the hernia mesh device shrinks or breaks away from the tissue and migrates to another area. This will irritate the surrounding tissue, causing inflammation.
- Nausea may also occur. This symptom is part of the infection that may happen. This can also be a symptom of bowel perforation, where toxic particles and fluid from the bowel leaks into the rest of the body.
- Persistent fever may be a complication. This can be from inflammation and infection.
- Vomiting may occur. This is also connected with a bowel perforation or obstruction. It may also be connected with an infection.
- Hernia recurrence can happen. Hernia recurrence is where the original hernia comes back. This may require additional surgery.
- Adhesion is where the organs and surrounding tissue stick together. This can cause inflammation and pain.
Have you experienced hernia mesh complications after surgery?
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