Hernia pain is excruciating and often interferes with daily activities, including mood and the ability to concentrate. If you’ve recently had hernia mesh device implanted to relieve your suffering, but are now experiencing side effects, a lack of proper pre-op treatment could be the cause. Knowing what your doctor should have done in pre-op can help you determine if you have a case for medical negligence and need a medical malpractice attorney.
Some patients require a very specific type of pre-op care due to pre-existing health conditions.
If you have a history of blood clots in the large blood vessels of your body, also known as deep vein thrombosis, this is something your doctor should cover before surgery to assess the risk of further clots due to surgical complications. Likewise, a local anesthetic is usually preferred over general anesthesia during surgery.
There is increasing medical research showing that smoking increases the risk of groin hernia reoccurrence. Surgeons must inform smokers of this risk before any scheduling surgery to treat this type of hernia.
Blood loss is always a risk factor when having any type of surgery. This is especially true if the surgery is close to major organs or arteries. Those who frequently take blood thinners, which includes over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen, are at an increased risk for blood loss during surgery and must have the appropriate preventative measures during pre-op.
When done properly, hernia mesh surgery can greatly improve your quality of life. However, if a doctor fails to follow the appropriate pre-op treatment(s) the effects are devastating for the patient. If you think that you’ve been the victim of medical negligence, contact us and we will help you determine what legal action to take.