Medical device liability lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt have experience representing clients in a variety of dangerous device cases. We take pride in the important work we do and it shows in the personal attention we give our clients.
What is Hernia Mesh and How Is It Used?
Surgical mesh comes in patches, plugs and sheets. It is a sterile, woven material often made from synthetic plastic material such as polypropylene. Mesh is generally considered to be strong, durable, and versatile because of its flexibility. It is used in many different surgeries for various reasons.
Hernia mesh is used with the intention of lowering the recurrence rate of a hernia after a surgical repair. A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an organ breaks through a hole or weakness in the wall of a muscle or incision. The mesh is placed in the body or as a patch over the defective or weak area to strengthen the wall and prevent future penetration of the spot. Hernia mesh acts as a scaffolding which allows the body’s own tissue to regenerate in and around its holes, strengthening its presence and effectiveness. Essentially, the mesh allows the surgeon to patch the area for reinforcement instead of just sewing the hole closed.
What are the Complications from Hernia Mesh?
No surgery is without risks and patients and doctors usually receive warnings about some of the more significant dangers associated with medical procedures and devices. Although the complications surrounding hernia mesh are well documented, many companies that manufacture the medical devices never provided warnings about the dangers of their use.
Complications from hernia mesh range from minor to sever and include:
Infection – Always a risk after surgery, hernia mesh may increase this risk. Whenever a foreign object is left in the body there is a greater chance of infection. Your body may have an adverse reaction to the hernia mesh and attack it and the surrounding tissue. The infection may be severe enough to require the surgical removal of the mesh and prolonged use of antibiotics.
Intestinal problems – There have been reports that hernia mesh can cause intestinal obstruction by becoming stuck to the bowel, requiring surgery. It is also possible for the mesh to erode through the intestine causing perforation and exposure of the body to bowel contents. The complications from this can cause sepsis and even death.
Nerve damage – It is possible for nerves to become painfully damaged because of the placement of hernia mesh. Tingling and numbness may be permanent or require removal of the mesh.
Some additional complications of surgical mesh include limited mobility because of shrinkage of the mesh, chronic pain, abnormal swelling, and bleeding.
Physiomesh Removed from Market
Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson and manufactured a hernia mesh product called Physiomesh. Ethicon maintains that it voluntarily withdrew Physiomesh from the market when it learned about complications patients were experiencing.
Physiomesh is coated on both sides with polypropylene, the same material used in its dangerous vaginal mesh products, which can stick to and perforate surrounding tissue. Lawsuits allege that Physiomesh is associated with a higher risk of bowel obstructions, seromas, infections, mesh failures, and recurring hernias.
Complications from Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh
Atrium Medical Corporation, part of Maquet Getinge Group, manufactures C-Qur mesh products and there are several different variations. The mesh is made of polypropylene plastic and is also coated with fish oil. The FDA recalled over 90 thousand of the mesh products in 2013.
The Omega 3 fatty acids from the fish oil were supposed to reduce inflammation and scarring caused by tissue adhering to the hernia mesh. However, studies showed that Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh actually resulted in an increased risk of adhesion and infection as well as the need for additional surgery to repair tears and remove the mesh.
Farris, Riley & Pitt are reviewing hernia mesh lawsuits in all 50 states. Contact medical liability lawyers today at 1-888-580-5176 for a free consultation.
When you suffer from an injury because of the negligence of a doctor, a dangerous drug, or medical device manufacturer, you may be entitled to recover damages. Our experience representing clients in these types of cases includes:
- Hernia Mesh
- Transvaginal Mesh Failure
- Taxotere and hair loss
- Low Testosterone Therapy
- IVC Filter complications
- Dangers of Talc Powder
- Mirena IUD “False/Pseudo Tumor”
If you or a loved one has been injured by hernia mesh don’t waste time. Call Farris, Riley & Pitt to secure your right to recover monetary compensation for your injuries.