Hernia Mesh Problems
According to a study published in Research Gate journal, 10% of people implanted with hernia mesh experienced infections after surgery.
“Common adverse events: Patient reported recurrence (4.8%), investigator confirmed recurrence (1.55%), seroma (4.5%) and hematoma (1.6%).”
An independent review, “Mesh Infection and Hernia Repair” published in March 2016, stated that “The use of a prosthetic mesh to repair a tissue defect may produce a series of post-operative complications, among which infection is the most feared and one of the most devastating”
FDA Hernia Mesh Recall
In October 2014, the FDA issued an official warning about problems related to use of hernia mesh devices:
“FDA wants to inform you about complications that may occur with the surgical mesh that is sometimes used to repair hernias”
In 2010, the FDA issued a Class I Recall and Safety Investigation of Counterfeit Polypropylene Surgical Mesh.
“On June 2, 2010, FDA classified the distributor’s voluntary recall as a Class I recall. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death”
The American College of Surgeons stated in its internal session “Infected Mesh: Prevention Strategies and Management” that “The problem of mesh infection has grown as the accepted practices of incisional and ventral hernia repair include the use of mesh in almost all circumstances”
The Huffington Post ran an article in 2001 with the alarming title “FDA Says ‘No More Mesh’ for Hernia Repairs — What Are the Consequences?”
The FDA announced that mesh, used during surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse, has an extremely high rate of erosion (up to 10%) and probably shouldn’t be used.