About Hernia Mesh
Hernia mesh is used in hernia repair surgeries.
A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine, or fatty tissue squeezes through a weakened area or hole. Some hernias create a visible external bulge. A hernia can occur in the inner groin, the upper thigh, within the abdomen or in the general abdomen or ventral wall, the belly button, or through an abdominal incision or scar. Hernias are caused by increased in abdominal pressure, including obesity, lifting heavy items, diarrhea or constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing.
There are a few ways to treat a hernia, including waiting to see if it resolves itself. Surgery to repair a hernia can be laparoscopic or open, 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 or animal tissue. Mesh can be absorbable or non-absorbable depending on what material it’s 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.
If you are undergoing hernia surgery, your doctor will review with you how the procedure will be conducted and whether or not synthetic or natural materials will be used, and whether or not the procedure is temporary or permanent.
Complications Associated with Hernia Mesh
Though hernia surgery utilizing surgical mesh can be effective, there are numerous cases in which complications arose.
According to the FDA, the most common complications associated with hernia mesh include:
- Recurrence of a hernia
- Bowel obstruction
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage
In many instances, the complications occurred due to the use of products that have already been recalled from the market (they were approved at the time of the procedure and have since been recalled). If you are concerned about hernia mesh that was implanted at the time of hernia repair surgery, speak to your doctor to determine what brand of mesh was used and whether or not it has been affected by a recall.
Many mesh products were approved through the FDA’s 501(k) program, which means they underwent limited testing before they were put in use. As a result, many hernia mesh products put patients at risk and had to be recalled from the market. Many mesh products have been the subject of FDA safety notifications.
Hernia mesh products are the main cause of bowel obstruction and perforation complications.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Patients affected by hernia mesh complications might be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer of their device.
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.
Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed concerning Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh. Complications related to these devices include:
- Revision surgery
- Recurrence of a hernia
- Removal of the mesh
- Abdominal and bowel adhesion
- 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.
Patients who have been harmed by hernia mesh could be eligible for compensation for their injuries or loss through a hernia mesh lawsuit. Each case is unique and not everyone injured by hernia mesh will be eligible for compensation. Your best bet is to contact a legal professional who can review your case and determine your eligibility.