Hernia mesh is a medical device that is used to repair hernias, which occur when internal organs bulge out through a weak spot of muscle. The only way to permanently fix a hernia is with surgery. However, hernias often return and need another surgery. To reduce this risk, surgeons implant hernia mesh inside the body to reinforce weak tissue. Most of the mesh devices are made from synthetic materials like polypropylene, a kind of plastic. Some type of hernia mesh product is used in more than half of all hernia surgeries in the United States.
Unfortunately, patients that have had a hernia repaired with mesh are experiencing a number of complications including: