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“Do you have any allergies?” It’s a
common question health providers ask when compiling a patient’s
medical history. An allergy to a certain substance causes the body
to exhibit a damaging immune response. Symptoms of allergies, such
as swelling, redness, rashes, hives, sneezing, runny noses, watery
eyes, asthma, or a general ill feeling, can range from mild
irritation to life-threatening episodes of anaphylactic shock in
the most severe cases.
If you do have an allergy – to a certain
medication, food, or material (such as latex), you’ve probably
learned to avoid it at all costs or take allergy medicines if you
can’t. But what if you’re experiencing an allergic reaction
to something implanted in your body? What if you simply can’t
avoid it or wait for a seasonal change to ease your symptoms? What
if your allergic reaction is virtually constant and
Some victims of defective hernia mesh complications
know this feeling all too well. Their body has identified a foreign
material (often polypropylene or similar synthetic materials) and
has gone to war with it by producing a damaging immune reaction.
Unfortunately, usually the only way to permanently stop this immune
response is to remove the material in remedial surgery.
In this blog post, I explain how allergic responses
to hernia mesh occur, list the symptoms a victim may experience,
and explain possible legal actions to receive damages and
compensation for the pain and suffering a victim has experienced
from hernia mesh complications.
The Immune Response
When the body identifies a foreign object or
substance in its midst, it engages in an immune response designed
to protect healthy cells and organs from what it perceives as an
invader. Localized inflammation is a common initial response. If
the foreign object can’t be easily expelled other immune
responses, such as forming foreign body giant cells (fused
macrophages) and fibrosis (walling-off) may occur.
These reactions can be damaging to the surrounding
tissue and nerves and may cause chronic pain. Moreover, as the body
attempts to break down the foreign substance in order to get rid of
it, infections, adhesions, and other complications from defective
hernia mesh can cause additional problems.
Allergic Reaction Symptoms
Not all human immune systems respond in the same way
to a foreign body. Allergy symptoms and other complications may
vary from person to person, or depending on where in the body the
mesh was used (epigastric hernias, inguinal hernias, umbilical
However, common signs of an allergic reaction to
defection hernia mesh include:
- Persistent or chronic inflammation at the site of
the hernia mesh
- Warmth or heat at the site of the hernia mesh
- Poor healing or fluid buildup at the site of the
- Unexplained itching, rashes, hives at or near the
site of the hernia mesh
- Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, nausea, general
What Can Stop This Allergic Reaction?
Unfortunately, as long as the foreign body remains
present, the immune response is likely to continue. Doctors may
prescribe immuno-suppressive therapies such as a course of steroids
to ease symptoms. However, the immune response usually reemerges
when this treatment ceases.
Some physicians monitoring patients with defective
hernia mesh have suggested remedial surgery to remove the mesh or
to replace it in an attempt to stop this persistent allergic
reaction and the damage it may be causing to surrounding organs and
What Legal Action Can You Take?
If you or a loved one have had hernia repair surgery
using a mesh product, have experienced a prolonged allergic
reaction you believe to be related to the mesh, and have been told
you require remedial surgery, you may be eligible to take legal
action against this defective product’s manufacturer.
As a personal injury lawyer who specializes in
medical product liability cases, I know how frustrating, upsetting,
and distressing it can be to deal with the aftermath of a faulty
medical device. When you contact me I will listen to your story
with empathy. I will also explain some of your possible legal
options, including participation in a mass tort action, at no cost
to you and with no obligation to proceed.
Learning you were victimized by defective hernia mesh
can be devastating. Learning how you can take control of your
recovery and potentially seek damages and compensation for your
injury can be empowering. Together, we explore the next steps on
your journey towards healing.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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