With any surgery come risks of side effects. However, a growing number of patients who have received a mesh implant to repair a hernia are reporting serious side effects that they were never warned about before surgery.
Can Hernia Mesh Cause Sepsis?
Surgical mesh has long been promoted as a safe and effective medical product that can improve the lives of people with hernias. But there’s mounting evidence indicating that defective hernia mesh is linked to blood poisoning.
Blood poisoning, according to sepsis.org, refers to the presence of bacteria in the blood that can be precursor to more dangerous conditions, such as sepsis, septic shock, organ failure, and even death.
What Happens If A Septic Infection Is Untreated?
A septic infection requires immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, many hernia mesh patients do not realize that they are at an increased risk for serious infections like sepsis.
These patients might be unaware that hernia mesh can cause sepsis and therefore won’t know the symptoms to look out for. A septic infection brings a high level of harmful bacteria into the bloodstream and can trigger inflammatory immune responses known as sepsis, according to an article published in the medical journal Cinical Microbiology and Infection.
What Are the Symptoms of Sepsis?
It is possible that defective hernia mesh can cause sepsis. This condition is characterized by general weakness, fever, chills, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, and a higher than normal white blood cell count. Severe sepsis could lead to organ malfunction and failure due to septic shock, which is a condition referring to dangerously low blood pressure.
How Does Defective Hernia Mesh Cause Sepsis?
An immune reaction caused by defective hernia mesh can lead to a consistent state of inflammation in the body. Over time, this can develop into an infection. In the event that a patient gets antibiotic treatments that address the overall symptoms, but don’t kill the underlying infection, the infection can return after the course of antibiotics is completed.
Removing the mesh surgically might be the only way to prevent long- term problems, such as recurrent sepsis.
What Does Mesh Migration or Shrinkage Have to Do with Sepsis?
Organs in the body can be perforated by mesh migration or mesh shrinkage. The bowels and intestines are the most likely sites to be perforated by defective hernia mesh. When the contents of these organs spill into the surrounding tissue, sepsis can develop because of the harmful bacteria.
How Common Are Bowel Injuries During Hernia Repairs?
According to a review of a national surgery database, bowel injuries may occur in two percent of all ventral hernia surgical repairs.
The review by a team led by David M. Krpata, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic was summarized in an article on MEdge.com, but appeared in full in medical journal Surgery.
Krpata and fellow researchers looked at the surgical records of 5,916 patients who received a surgical ventral hernia repair between 2013 and 2017. They used data from the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative, which contains information from patient records of 180 surgeons.
What Did Krpata’s Research Find?
Among the patients who suffered injuries during surgery, 85 percent of them had small-bowel injuries. According to the analysis, injured patients were more likely to develop sepsis (2 percent) over patients who did not suffer such injuries, who had a 1 percent chance of sepsis.
Researchers said the patients who suffered accidental cuts into their bowels had significantly tough adhesions, were older, and also had been diagnosed with COPD.
According to Krpata, patients who incur inadvertent bowel injuries during their hernia repair surgery are not only at an increased risk of sepsis, but also of fistulas, further surgeries, readmissions to the hospital, and death.
When accidental bowel injuries were sustained during surgery, the surgeon was more apt to use a biologic mesh, absorbable mesh or uncoated synthetic mesh rather than a barrier-coated synthetic mesh that was designed for permanent placement.
Is a Septic Infection Deadly?
Chronic infections associated with defective hernia mesh, such as sepsis, can be life threatening as they can lead to septic shock. If you believe that you have been critically harmed after developing sepsis, an experienced product liability lawyer may be able to evaluate whether you have a case. Top Class Actions can help you identify the attorney you need.
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