A hernia occurs when the intestines or another abdominal organ gets pushed out of its normal position. Over the past few decades, surgeons have recommended a piece of mesh to repair these injuries.
When you feel unexplained pain, develop a chronic cough or notice a lump, you may see a doctor, go to an urgent care center or the emergency room. Despite the severity of your condition, in all cases you expect a medical professional to identify the issue and provide appropriate treatment.
According to the FDA, there are more than one million annual surgeries to correct a hernia and 90 percent of them use a mesh patch. Varying complications occur for nearly one-third of all patients, from localized pain to life-threatening bowel perforations, requiring repair or complete mesh removal.
In recent years, silicone-based injectables have been discovered to have serious or life-threatening side effects. It may not be surprising that the FDA issued a warning earlier this year about rare but potentially deadly cancer risks for patients with certain types of breast implants.
If you’ve been scheduled for a major surgical procedure within the past few years, a doctor has likely brought up the option of robotically assisted surgery. When you’ve seen advertisements for world-class hospitals, these capabilities may appear to place the facility and its doctors above the competition.