Hernia Mesh Recall Litigation Underway
Hernia mesh is utilized in most surgical procedures to repair a hernia. Since a hernia occurs when an organ pushes through a hole or a weak spot in the muscle that supports it, a doctor must close up the hole to prevent it from opening again. Hernia mesh is used to reinforce the closure. It acts as a scaffolding of sorts that is supposed to allow the patient’s tissue to grow in and around it, becoming an area strong enough to withstand pressure and avoiding another hernia.
Synthetic plastic fibers made from polypropylene are weaved together to form hernia mesh which comes in a flexible patch or plug. Hernia mesh is manufactured by various companies and marketed under many different names, each having different features. For instance, some brands of hernia mesh have a coating of Omega-3 fatty acid or Monocryl which manufacturers claim aids in the incorporation of the mesh into the body and reduces inflammation and adhesion resulting in a lower rate of recurrence.
However, thousands of people have reported serious side effects and complications from hernia mesh, both coated and uncoated brands. Recurrence of a hernia is one of the most concerning injuries because hernia mesh is specifically intended to reduce that risk. Other side effects from the use of hernia mesh include serious inflammation, pain, and infection. Some patients reject the hernia mesh completely or have a foreign body response which results in the need for additional surgery. Patients have also experienced bowel perforation, intestinal blockage, and adhesion, all of which can be extremely painful and require ongoing medical treatment.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
Many brands of hernia mesh remain on the market today, despite the reports of the dangers and risks the implants can cause. Ethicon, the maker of Ethicon Physiomesh voluntarily issued what the Food and Drug Administration refers to as a “market recall” of its Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh products.
In an urgent field notice to medical professionals, Ethicon stated that the recall was based on an “analysis conducted at the request of the Ethicon Medical Safety Team of unpublished data from two (2) large independent hernia registries (Herniamed German Registry and Danish Hernia Database (DDB). The recurrence/reoperation rates (respectively) after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using ETHICON PHYSIOMESH Composite Mesh were higher than the average rates of the comparator set of meshes among patients in these registries.”
The recall notice further stated: “Ethicon believes the higher rates to be a multifactorial issue (including possible product characteristics, operative and patient factors), but has not been able to fully characterize these factors. Consequently, Ethicon has not been able at this time to issue further instructions to surgeons that might lead to a reduction in the recurrence rate and have decided to recall ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Composite Mesh from the global market.”
The FDA has not issued many recalls for hernia mesh products. In 2013, they did recall some units of the Atrium C-Qur V Patch and C-Cur Edge because there was concern that humidity caused the Omega-3 fatty acid coating on the hernia mesh to melt and stick to the packaging. In a 2016 article, the FDA claimed that many of the serious reports they receive about surgical mesh implants involve products already off the market. According to the FDA website, they have issued 13 recalls of surgical mesh products since 2004.
Common Adverse Events & Complications
Some of the complications from the use of hernia mesh are life-threatening and require multiple surgeries to try to correct them. Others are not as severe but still cause significant pain and require additional medical attention to fix. Reports of frequent adverse events associated with hernia mesh include:
- Recurrent hernia
- Abdominal pain
- Leg pain
- Groin pain
- Bowel obstruction
- Intestinal blockage
- Bowel perforation
- Fluid build up
Our Legal Team is Pursuing Lawsuits Against the Manufacturers of Hernia Mesh
We’ve handled hundreds of transvaginal mesh and bladder sling cases involving the use of surgical mesh, which is similar to hernia mesh. During that process, we were approached by individuals also suffering from injuries caused by hernia meshes. Upon investigation, the legal community determined that patients who received hernia mesh during surgery also may have claims for compensation.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Claim for Surgical Mesh Injuries
Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt are reviewing hernia mesh claims in all 50 states. We have significant experience with surgical mesh cases and can use that to help you succeed with your claim for compensation. If you are not sure of the brand of hernia mesh you received, our lawyers know how to find out. We can help you retrieve the medical records necessary to determine what went wrong in your hernia surgery and who is responsible. Once we do, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost income, pain, and medical expenses.
We are offering victims of hernia mesh injuries free consultations. We will sit down and talk about the facts of your case, the nature of your injuries, and monetary losses you have experienced. We will use this information to evaluate the strength of your claim.
If you choose to engage our services for hernia mesh litigation, we will set up a contingency fee arrangement. You pay nothing out of pocket. We do not get paid for our work until you get paid for your injuries. If you choose Farris, Riley & Pitt, you will receive tenacious representation from attorneys who care deeply about our clients.
Contact Class Action Lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt
Call today for your risk-free, cost-free case evaluation. We can be reached at 1-888-580-5176. Farris, Riley & Pitt, attorneys who handle hernia mesh lawsuits, are waiting to help you with yours.