Patients nationwide have received hernia mesh as part of a medical procedure to repair a hernia. However, significant complications and injuries have impacted thousands across the country.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that more than 1 million hernia surgical procedures are performed each year in this country. Impacting men and women alike, these hernias are painful and often serious medical conditions requiring surgery to repair. However, complications can arise causing additional pain, suffering, and the need for additional surgeries.
What is a Hernia and Why is Hernia Mesh Used in Surgeries?
A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue that holds it in place within the body. Many penetrate through the muscles that hold the abdomen in place. Hernias do not heal themselves, and surgery is often required to prevent serious complications in the future.
Hernia mesh material, which can be synthetic or organic in nature (animal tissue material), is used to close the opening, securing the organ in place.
However, a wide range of complications can arise from the use of hernia mesh. These complications can include infection, organ perforation, nerve damage, bowel or intestinal blockage, severe nerve pain and a buildup of scar tissue. These conditions could require revision surgeries to repair the damage.
Additionally, many forms of hernia mesh use a synthetic material that is not intended for permanent implanting in the body. These materials break down overtime and cause additional tears, infection, pain, and other issues.
Lawsuits and Claims Regarding the Use of Hernia Mesh
There are both individual lawsuits and mass torts (like class actions) regarding hernia mesh medical devices, including:
- C-Qur Mesh, a composite mesh manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation. C-Qur Mesh has been associated with allergic reactions and life-threatening injuries;
- Ethicon Physiomesh, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is also a composite mesh. It was been “withdrawn” from the market, although Johnson & Johnson has not called it a “recall.” Studies have shown high rates of complications and revision surgeries.
- Proceed hernia mesh
- C.R. Bard’s / Davol’s Kugel hernia mesh has faced several recalls, due to the breakage of a ring in the middle of the mesh patch (intended to help the patch hold its shape). This mesh is composed of polypropylene, which is not intended for permanent placement in the body (as polypropylene can shrink and break down over time).
- C.R. Bard’s / Davol’s PerFix Plug is another polypropylene mesh used to treat inguinal hernias. These mesh panels have unwoven over time, causing complications for the men receiving this mesh implant, including extreme pain and the loss of a testicle.
- Davol Sepramesh (Davol is a division of C.R. Bard)
- Parietex Composite Mesh (manufactured by Covidien / Medtronic)
- Surgipro Multifilament Polypropylene Mesh (manufactured by Covidien / Medtronic)
- Ventralex ST Hernia Patch – also produced by Bard, contains a coating of Polypropylene
- 3DMax – a knitted polypropylene mesh produced by Bard
Each of these, it is alleged, cause severe complications and pain to patients, often requiring additional surgeries to remove them the mesh. These procedures are not always successful and can lead to continued pain and suffering.
Nature of the Claims
The hernia mesh devices have had major impacts on both men and women who received this treatment as part of a surgical procedure. The injuries vary by the mesh, its composition and intended usage (for example, some are used for abdominal issues, others in testicular applications). The impact on patients can be significant and may include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Testicle Removal
- Groin and Testicular Pain
- Constipation, Nausea
- Painful Sexual Intercourse
- Dental Complications including Tooth Loss
- Neurological Changes
- Auto Immune Disorders
- Joint Aches and Pains
- Liver Issues
- Renal Failure
Determining if You Have a Claim / Factors to Consider
If you have had a hernia mesh implant as part of a surgical procedure, and are suffering any side effects from that procedure, you may be eligible for compensation. You will need to discuss your matter with a member of our legal team to help determine exactly which mesh you had implanted and when. It is quite common that patients do not know which mesh was implanted. We will help you retrieve medical records to gather this information.
Do You Qualify to Make a Claim for a Hernia Mesh Surgery?
Our attorneys and legal team have the experience necessary to handle hernia mesh and related cases. From complex medical device litigation to class actions and mass torts, we are prepared to help those injured by hernia mesh devices.
We invite you to contact us for a free consultation. We will discuss your case with you and evaluate your claim. If we are able to help, you can retain us to represent you with your claim. There is no fee up-front, and we get paid when you successfully recover monetary damages.
Farris, Riley & Pitt – Representing Those Injured by Medical Devices
Whether you have been injured by a hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh, IVC filter, or a drug such as Xarelto, testosterone, Taxotere or even talc, our attorneys stand ready to help. Contact us today to discuss your case and let us out determine if we can help you bring a claim.