A person who has a hernia mesh that was recalled may experience symptoms such as infection and pain, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Recalled mesh is also the main cause of obstruction complications and bowel perforation.
Most of the reports of complications associated with surgical mesh are from mesh products that are no longer on the market, explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If a person is experiencing symptoms associated with a recalled mesh product, she should contact the surgeon who placed the mesh. It is also important for those who do not know what type of mesh was used to contact the surgeon who placed it.
Since the 1980s, there has been an increase in the use of surgical mesh to heal hernias, claims the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In fact, non-mesh repairs only account for about 10 percent of all hernia surgeries as of 2015. There are a number of benefits to using mesh for hernias, including minimal recovery time and decreased operating time. People who have surgical mesh for hernia repair also have a reduced rate of developing another hernia when compared to those who do not have surgical mesh repairs. There are, however, certain cases where mesh should not be used, and it is recommended that patients talk to a doctor about what option is best.