An inguinal hernia diagnosis is often life-threatening. If you have an incarcerated hernia, a hernia surrounded by the intestines, you may have the privilege of scheduling your surgery at a time that is convenient for you. However, a strangulated hernia, a condition in which the blood supply cuts off, requires immediate surgery. In both cases, a mesh device is likely to be used to repair the defect so whether your hernia operation is tomorrow or next month, you need to know the risks associated with laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery.
Nerve and Organ Damage
While laparoscopic surgery, which consists of an incision in the abdomen and inflation of the area to reveal the underlying organs, is generally considered less invasive than open surgery, there is still a serious risk to surrounding nerves, blood vessels and organs. Loss of sensation, excessive blood loss and organ failure are some of the most common complications of this surgery.
Risk to Urinary Organs
The inability to urinate properly after surgery is another serious risk associated with laparoscopic hernia surgery. This often means loss of the ability to control the bladder, usually due to damage inflicted incurred during the operation.
Risk to Reproductive Organs
Men face several serious risks when having this type of surgery, including pain or damage to the spermatic cord, which carries sperm from the testicles to the penis. If severe enough, men may no longer be able to reproduce.
Being properly informed about the risks associated with laparoscopic inguinal hernia mesh surgery will help you better prepare for your surgery. Should a complication arise, please contact us to learn more about your legal rights.