Patients can find out if the mesh that was used during surgery has been recalled by searching the product in the Medical & Radiation Emitting Device Database, advises the Food and Drug Administration. The database includes records of medical device recalls since 2002.
If patients do not know the brand or manufacturer of the mesh used in the surgery, they can attempt to obtain the necessary information by calling the doctor or medical facility that performed the surgery, suggests the FDA. The FDA website also maintains a special section dedicated to recalled medical devices.
Hernia repair complications, such as infection or adhesion, documented by the FDA are frequently linked to mesh products that have been recalled. Most complications involving bowel obstruction and perforation were due to recalled mesh, according to a study conducted by the FDA.