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The Symptoms of a Defective Hernia Mesh

Posted on 1st May, 2019

by Legal Staff

Can hernia mesh fail? Due to the material they are made of, the way in which they were placed or how long they have been in the body, hernia meshes can lead to numerous health complications, from device migration to bowel obstruction. What are the risks of hernia mesh failure?

Since some of the symptoms of a failed hernia mesh may not seem very bothersome, it is crucial to become aware as a patient about the risks your device implies, as the complications which may arise could be fatal.

If you experience any of the symptoms detailed below, which are rejection, migration, hernia recurrence and bowel obstruction, we strongly advise you to undergo a medical examination as soon as possible to find out how you can get help.


When a hernia mesh is rejected by the body, the immune system begins fighting against the device, perceiving it as a foreign object, by causing the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain
  • cramps
  • bloating
  • nausea and vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • fever or chills
  • fatigue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • swelling, redness or warmth around the space of implantation


While hernia mesh rejection can happen shortly after the device was placed, migration takes longer to occur, as it begins to slowly erode or shrink. The signs associated with hernia mesh migration include:

  • pain (local or generalized)
  • blood in the urine
  • the formation of fistulas
  • fever, chills or other flu-like symptoms
  • tenderness, redness or swelling around the surgical scar

Hernia Recurrence

The recurrence of hernia is another complication a defective mesh can result in. Some of the symptoms you may experience in this situation are:

  • infection
  • constipation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of blood supply to the intestines
  • a lump at the site of the previous surgery

Bowel Obstruction

If connective tissue forms, it will block the small intestine, making it very difficult or even impossible to pass stool. In severe cases, perforation of the intestine may occur, especially if the bowel obstruction is ignored and not properly treated.

The hernia mesh could also pierce the small intestine, causing perforation.The symptoms of bowel obstruction are the following:

  • crampy abdominal pain which comes and goes
  • loss of appetite
  • constipation
  • vomiting
  • inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas
  • swelling of the abdomen

Contact Atraxia Law for a Free Case Review if You Experienced Any of the Complications Listed Above

The above-mentioned complications can cause serious debilitation and even be life-threatening. If you or a family member has suffered from pain or complications following hernia mesh implant, you may be entitled to the following types of compensation:

  • costs of revisionary surgery and other medical expenses
  • other out-of-pocket expenses
  • past and future lost earning capacity
  • diminished quality of life
  • past and future pain and suffering

We encourage you to call us immediately. With the help of Atraxia Law, you can find out if you qualify to bring a claim and recover the compensation you deserve. Our professional team of experts will help you understand what is involved in a claim and guide you through the entire process.