Adhesions are one of the severe complications being reported from patients with hernia mesh implants like Ethicon's Physiomesh.
In general, adhesions are scar tissue resulting from trauma and may develop between any two surfaces in the human body during the healing process. Placing foreign bodies, such as hernia mesh, within the abdominal cavity can cause the body to produce adhesions.
When developed in patients after hernia repair surgery, adhesions begin in the peritoneum, the membrane which covers the inner surface of the abdomen and the outer surface of abdominal organs. The body typically repairs and heals the peritoneum in about a week’s time; however, when adhesions form, organs connected by the scar tissue begin to grow together and may not function normally.
These adhesions can pull on connecting structures and block others causing catastrophic complications, including:
- Bowel obstruction
- Chronic pain in abdomen and pelvic area
- Difficulty urinating
- Digestive problems
There are currently no x-rays or tests that can diagnose the presence of adhesions and surgery is typically needed to diagnose and eventually treat abdominal adhesions. However, this process can actually cause more adhesions since surgery involves new traumatic damage to the wall of the abdomen.
Unfortunately, the solution can cause more problems.
More Patients Developing Adhesions in Kentucky & Across U.S.
Many of the risks of adhesions associated with hernia mesh were not disclosed to physicians or patients prior to them being implanted with hernia mesh. In the past several years, the effects of the hernia mesh has become apparent as more and more patients are developing adhesions and being forced to deal with the terrible effects.
A 1994 study found that adhesions and related surgeries were responsible for over 300,000 hospital admissions in the United States. In Kentucky, hospitalization for adhesions results in millions of dollars in medical bills and these numbers have grown significantly since this study.
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