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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Surgical mesh manufacturers including Bard, Ethicon, Atrium and Covidien are facing thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits after patients suffered pain, tearing, and migration of their mesh devices and required follow-up procedures for repair.

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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Hernia mesh is a surgical mesh device which is used to stabilize tissues during a hernia repair surgery. Though it has been used in over half of all hernia repair surgeries, it has resulted in serious complications for thousands of patients. Manufacturers of popular surgical hernia mesh products including Bard, Ethicon, Covidien and Atrium may be facing thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits due to injuries and deaths caused by the devices.

Hernia Mesh Complications

A hernia occurs when abdominal, organ or intestinal tissue protrudes through a weakened or split area of an abdominal or groin muscle. In some cases, the hernia will repair itself but hernia repair surgery may be performed with or without hernia mesh implantation. Though hernia mesh is still used in a majority of repair procedures, it has resulted in serious complications including:

  • Pain and inflammation
  • Infection or abscess
  • Mesh migration
  • Organ perforation
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Intestinal fistula
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Revision surgery
  • Death

Many patients who received hernia surgical mesh as part of a hernia repair surgery, experienced complications, hernia recurrence or required revision surgery. Patients or loved ones of those who experienced complications which resulted in permanent injury or death should seek legal assistance.

What is Hernia Mesh?

Hernia mesh is a surgical mesh device used in hernia repair surgeries but has resulted in complications or serious injuries in thousands of patients, many of whom have filed hernia mesh lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries.

A hernia occurs when an organ, intestinal, or fatty tissue squeezes through a weakened area or hole in abdominal or groin muscle tissue, and may create a visible external bulge. Hernias are caused by increases in abdominal pressure, due to obesity, lifting heavy items, diarrhea or constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing or may seem to occur spontaneously due to weakened muscle tissue.

A hernia can occur in the:

  • inner groin (inguinal)
  • upper thigh or outer groin (femoral)
  • within the abdomen along the abdominal or ventral wall (ventral)
  • belly button (umbilical)
  • through an abdominal incision or scar (incisional)
  • along the diaphragm (hiatal)

Hernia may be treated one of several ways, depending on severity, location and other factors. This may include waiting to see if it resolves itself, rest, physical therapy or surgical repair. Surgery to repair a hernia can be performed laparoscopically or through an open incision, and both can be performed with or without surgical mesh, which is used to provide additional support to the weakened tissue.

Surgical mesh is made from synthetic material, natural tissue or a hybrid of both natural and synthetic substances. Mesh can be absorbable or non-absorbable depending on what material it is made from and provides temporary or permanent reinforcement as needed. The absorbable mesh is used to temporarily strengthen the area until new, stronger tissue grows in its place, while non-absorbable mesh is intended to be left in place permanently.

Hernia mesh products which may have resulted in injury or death and have been named in hernia mesh lawsuits include:

Manufacturer Hernia Mesh Product  
Atrium Prolite Polypropylene Mesh
C-QUR
C-QUR Mosaic
C-QUR TacShield
C-QUR Edge
C-QUR Lite Mesh V-Patch
C-QUR Mesh V-Patch
Bard 3D Max Mesh
Bard (Marlex) Mesh Dart
Composix L/P
Composix E/X
Kugel Hernia Patch
Modified Kugel Hernia Patch
Sepramesh IP
Seprma-Tex
Visilex
3D Light Mesh
AlloMax Surgical Graft
Bard Mesh
Bard Mesh PreShaped
Dulex Mesh
PerFix Light Plug
PerFix Plug
Ventralight
Ventralex Hernia Patch
Ventralex ST Patch
Ventralight ST Patch
Ventrio ST
Ventrio Patch
Composix
Composix Kugel Hernia Patch
Marlex
Covidien Parietex Composite Dual Facing Mesh  
Ethicon PROLENE 3D Patch Polypropylene Mesh
PROLENE Polypropylene Hernia System
ULTRAPRO COMFORT PLUG
ULTRAPRO Hernia System
PROLENE Soft Polypropylene Mesh
Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

ULTRAPRO Plug
PROLENE Polypropylene Mesh
ULTRAPRO Partially Absorbable Lightweight Mesh
PROCEED Surgical Mesh
PROCEED Ventral Patch
Gore-Tex Gore-Tex
Gore Bio-A Hernia Plug
Gore Dualmesh Biomaterial
Gore Dualmesh Plus Biomaterial
Medtronic Duatene Bilayer Mesh
Parietene DS Composite Mesh
Versatex Monofilament Mesh
Symbotex Composite Mesh
Parietex Flat Sheet Mesh
Parietex Plug and Patch System
Parietex Lightweight Monofilament Mesh

Complications Associated with Hernia Mesh

Hernia surgical mesh has been used in 50 to 90% of all hernia repair surgeries and though it was once thought to be highly effective, it has caused complications in thousands of patients and is no longer as popular as it once was.

In some cases, the side effects or complications due to hernia mesh have resulted in permanent injury or even death. According to the FDA, the most common complications associated with hernia mesh include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Scar tissue
  • Bleeding
  • Fistula
  • Organ perforation
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Adhesion
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage

Due to high rates of complications, some hernia or surgical mesh products have already been recalled from the market. Several popular mesh products were the subject of FDA safety notifications and had to be recalled from the market due to injuries, complications or deaths, however others remain in use.

Many surgical and hernia mesh products were approved through the FDA 501(k) program. This pathway to approval is a short-cut method which allows medical device manufacturers to skip costly clinical trials by claiming their new product is substantially similar to other products already on the market. As a result, many hernia mesh products were never tested in humans and may have put patients at unnecessary risk.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Claims and Legal Information

According to a 2015 study published in the medical journal BMJ, despite the FDA warnings, use of mesh continues to grow. The statewide study assessed mesh procedures and found them to be associated with an increased risk of re-interventions within one year and urinary retention after surgery. The study also found patients undergoing mesh-based surgery were at increased risk of urinary retention after surgery and those aged 65 and older faced an even higher risk of complications.

Patients or loved ones of those who were injured, required revision surgery or who died due to hernia mesh complications might be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer of their device.

Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed concerning Bard hernia mesh, Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-QUR hernia mesh products. Complications named in hernia mesh lawsuits include:

  • Revision surgery
  • Recurrence of a hernia
  • Removal of the mesh
  • Abdominal and bowel adhesion
  • Infection
  • Formation of a mass / lump / bulge
  • Intestinal complications
  • Chronic pain

Those injured by mesh products could be eligible to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering or other damages and should seek legal advice.

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