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If you are a patient who has suffered from a hernia, a bulge around your stomach may have resulted in serious discomfort. After struggling to pick up some heavy packages, the strain may have pushed an internal organ, intestine or fatty tissue through an opening or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Even though you tried to ignore the protrusion, you probably needed to contact your physician or a medical facility for help.

Most Common Complications After Hernia Repair

After seeking medical treatment, your doctor may have recommended hernia mesh surgical repair. Although you were simply seeking relief, the procedure possibly led to other unexpected complications. The Food and Drug Administration has noted that the most common adverse events after hernia repair are:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Scar-like adhesive tissue
  • Blockage of the large or small intestine

  • Along with these problems, you may also be experiencing:

  • Bleeding
  • Abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines (fistula)
  • Fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma)
  • Hole in nearby tissues or organs (perforation)
  • Mesh migration and shrinkage (contraction)
  • Recall Notices for Hernia Mesh Products

  • The FDA has reported that many complications related to hernia repair are connected with recalled mesh products. A review of adverse medical reports indicated that recalled mesh products were the primary source of bowel perforation and obstruction.

    If you had a hernia mesh surgical repair, review the recall notices here. For updates on the recalled products, see the FDA Medical Device Recall website. In addition, the Medical & Radiation Emitting Device Database allows users to search for information about a specific type of surgical mesh.

    If you do not know the specific mesh manufacturer and brand used in your hernia repair surgery, contact your surgeon or the medical facility where your surgery was performed.

    Fast Facts About Hernia Repairs

    Did you know that hernia repairs are considered a relatively “common” procedure in a growing market? Here are some fast facts:

  • Approximately 3 million hernia procedures are performed worldwide annually.
  • An estimated 1.2 million hernia repair procedures are performed in the United States every year.
  • The Global Hernia Repair Devices and Consumables Market was valued at $4,156 million in 2016 and is projected to reach $5,554 million at a compound annual growth rate of 4.2% from 2017 to 2023.

  • Source: Allied Market Research, “Hernia Repair Devices and Consumables Market,” 2018 Research Report. Retrieved from

    More About Injuries From Recalled Hernia Mesh Products and Legal Rights

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    Food and Drug Administration, “Hernia Surgical Mesh Implants.” Retrieved from

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