Hernia Mesh: Types of Hernias

To repair a hernia, surgery -- usually using mesh implants -- is required. But mesh implants have caused injuries, and when they do, patients can file a lawsuit over the failed hernia mesh surgery.

Hernias occur when the muscle weakens or tears, sometimes an organ or other tissue can push through the muscle. This condition -- known as a hernia -- is noticeable as a bulge or lump in your belly or groin and can be painful. There are a number of different types of hernias based on location and cause. Below is a summary of the same.

Hernia mesh
To repair a hernia, surgery -- usually using mesh implants -- is required, but mesh implants have caused injuries, and when they do, patients are entitled to a lawsuit for compensation.

1. What are the most common types of hernias?

Hernias are a fairly common condition, and there are some types of hernias that are more common than others. The more common hernias include:

These conditions can be grouped according to location.

1.1 Groin Hernias

There are two hernias that can develop in the groin area: (1) an inguinal hernia; or (2) a femoral hernia.

  1. An inguinal hernia occurs when your intestine protrudes through the muscle lining the lower belly into the inguinal canal. These hernias affect men more than women, but they are also quite common in children and teenagers.
  2. A femoral hernia is less common than an inguinal hernia. Femoral hernias appear in older women and are hernias that protrude through the lower belly and into the femoral canal.

1.2 Hernias in the Abdomen Area

A number of hernias can develop in the area of your stomach: (1) umbilical; (2) epigastric; (3) incisional; and (4) ventral.

  1. An umbilical hernia is most common in newborns. These hernias occur when the intestines or other tissue push through the muscle near the belly button. They do not require surgery unless you do so for cosmetic reasons.
  2. An epigastric hernia occurs more often in men than women. When fat pushes through the space between the upper abdomen and the lower breastbone, an epigastric hernia results.
  3. An incisional hernia can occur after surgery that involves an incision in the abdomen area. Tissue, like the intestines or fat, may push through the surgical wound that has not yet healed.
  4. A ventral hernia occurs anywhere along the abdominal wall. Like all other hernias, it happens when tissue pushes through weak or torn muscle.

1.3 Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia happens when a person's stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm (the hiatus) into the chest cavity.

2. When do you need to see a lawyer?

Generally, you would not need to see a lawyer about any of these conditions. It's a medical condition that is cared for by your physician. It is necessary to see a lawyer, however, if you have experienced complications or suffered injuries after surgery to repair a hernia.

That said, there are always risks involved when a person undergoes surgery. Not all complications involving mesh implants qualify for compensation. You should always consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney to discuss your unique circumstances and to understand what your options are.

3. Contact Medical Malpractice Attorneys Who Understand Mesh Complications

Mesh complications and subsequent lawsuits are complex. They demand knowledge of the science and technology behind the hernia mesh models and surgical procedures. They also require a thorough legal understanding of applicable laws.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have the compassion, the commitment, and the legal capabilities to help you with your hernia mesh lawsuit. We have the requisite knowledge to review your unique circumstances. We will discuss with you options you may have. And if filing a claim or lawsuit is a viable option, we have the resources to proceed without delay. Contact our personal injury lawyers today at (855) 396-0370 or fill out the below form to find out more about these kinds of lawsuits and to discuss your specific case.

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