The Royal College of Surgeons has said that "around one in ten patients experience pain following an inguinal hernia repair".*
If you have been affected by a mesh implant used in the repair of a hernia, Thompsons personal injury solicitors can help you make a hernia mesh claim for compensation that could help you pay for restorative surgery, medical expenses and to recompense you for your pain and suffering.
Why are mesh implants used in hernia repairs?
An inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia and occurs when tissue or part of an organ pushes through a weakness in the surrounding muscle or tissue, often creating a painful bulge in the skin. Patients diagnosed with an inguinal hernia will be offered the repair best suited to the type of hernia they are suffering from, its position in their body and the particular expertise of their surgeon.
In many inguinal hernia repairs, a piece of surgical mesh is inserted into the patient's tissue to help strengthen the point at which the hernia pushed through.
Mesh implants are also used in the repair of less common hernias such as femoral hernias and umbilical hernias in adults, but only rarely for hiatus hernia repairs.
What are the risks of hernia mesh implants?
As with all surgeries, hernia repair carries a number of risks and your healthcare team should discuss these with you before you agree to the procedure.
Unlike other forms of mesh, including rectal and vaginal mesh, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines do not recommend any alternative form of treatment as safer than using mesh and hernia mesh has not been banned anywhere in the world.
Unfortunately, some patients suffer significant pain and other symptoms following hernia repairs and this may be attributed to the mesh implant. Inflammation around the mesh, degradation of the mesh inside the body, adhesion to other tissue and organs and movement of the mesh can lead to a number of serious symptoms.
Symptoms relating to hernia mesh repairs include:
- Inflammation at the site of the repair
- Itching, heat, rash and fluid build-up at the site of the repair
- Chronic pain in the abdomen and/or pelvic area
- Difficulty moving, walking, sleeping
- Infection, including bladder infections
- Mesh protrusion
Can I make a hernia mesh claim?
Sometimes, symptoms may occur years after the hernia repair surgery occurred and patients and doctors may fail to link the two. If you have suffered any of the above symptoms following a hernia repair, first and foremost you should see a doctor as soon as you can so that they can help treat the symptoms.
To make a hernia mesh compensation claim, whether it's against the NHS, a private healthcare provider or the manufacturer of the mesh, you have three years from the time you found out that your symptoms are the result of hernia repair surgery to start your claim, but we would urge that you seek legal advice as soon as possible if you believe your mesh implant has failed or you are suffering symptoms.
Other medical claims relating to hernia repairs
If you have suffered complications due to the negligence of the surgeon performing your operation then you may also be able to make a claim for this negligent care. Talk to Thompsons today about making such a claim.
Making a hernia mesh implant claim
Talk to Thompsons today about making a hernia repair compensation claim and we can talk you through your next steps and the options available to you. Hernia mesh claims can be made on a No Win No Fee basis, so you can make your claim in confidence.
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We know what we're doing in such complex claims.
Give Thompsons a call on 0800 0891 331 to talk things over with one of our experts. There's no obligation and we'll give you all the information you need to help you decide whether making a hernia mesh claim is the right thing for you.