Hernia Mesh Repair Products Causing Injuries
Hernia repair surgeries are an everyday occurrence. Most surgeons use of organic cadaver or animal material and synthetic meshes. There are dozens of synthetic meshes that are used and they vary widely in their composition, manufacture and labeling.
Many of the synthetic hernia repair meshes are of composed dangerous substances that react adversely inside the body resulting in infection and failure to integrate into the tissue. Theses dangers are not adequately disclosed to the patients or their doctors, The failure to integrate leads to the failure of the repair and the need for revision surgeries.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
The Hernia Mesh products are defective in their design and warnings. Many synthetic meshes change shape after being implanted in the body. The mesh products are failing at a rate higher than expected, with pieces of the mesh (or the mesh itself) will migrate, sometimes piercing or harming surrounding organs. Many hernia repair patients implanted with defective mesh may end up with a bowel obstruction requiring surgical repair or with painful adhesions requiring surgical removal. These repairs and injuries would not have occurred if a substitute mesh product or sutures had been utilized
Hernia Mesh Side Effects
The most common side effects experienced by patients include recurrence of the hernia, pain, infection, bowel tears, organ damage, intestinal obstruction, adhesions, and allergic reactions.
The following hernia mesh products have been associated with adverse reactions:
- C-Qur Mesh
- C-Qur TacShield
- C-Qur V-Patch
- Proceed Surgical Mesh
- Proceed Ventral Patch
- Prolene Hernia System
- Prolene 3D
- Composix E/X
- Composix Kugel
- Ventralex ST
- 3D Max
- Sepramesh IP
- Sepramesh IP Composite
- Vetrio ST Ventrio
- Ventrio ST
- Bard Mesh
- Marlex Mesh
- Parietex Optimized Composite (PCO)
- Progrip Self Fixating Mesh
- Parietex Hydrophylic Anatomical
- Parietex Hydrophilic 2D Mesh
- Parietex Composite Ventral Patch
- Parietex Lightweight Mesh
- Plug & Patch Mesh
- SurgiPro Mesh
- Parietene Macroporous Mesh
- Permacol Surgical Implant
- Dualmesh Plus
Hernia Mesh Warnings and Recalls
From 2005-2007, C.R. Bard issued several recalls involving its Kugel Mesh product as a result of a problem associated with potential bowel tears.
In 2012, the FDA sent Atrium a warning over its failure to respond and address numerous complaints of infections due to the C-QUR.
In 2015, a federal judge issued an injunction, prohibiting Atrium from manufacturing and distributing the product.
In May 2016, Ethicon voluntarily withdrew the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh after studies determined the medical device was more likely to result in a failed hernia repair when compared to other similar products.
Ethicon notified hospitals and doctors to immediately return any unused products, and to stop using the product. Ethicon admitted that the design of its hernia mesh was one of the causes of the failures. At the time Ethicon issued the warning, the FDA had received approximately ten reports of fatalities associated with the Ethicon Physiomesh.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Settlements
In 2011, C.R. Bard settled 3,000 cases over its Kugel Mesh for $184 million. That device had been recalled by the FDA in 2005, 2006 and 2007. However, lawsuits against Bard and subsidiary DaVol continued to be filed for several years. In June 2017, a federal judge in West Virginia dismissed several of the cases, ruling that all claims against Bard had been settled for an undisclosed amount.
As of this time, there have been no large mass tort settlements involving failures or injuries caused by the Physiomesh, C-QUR, or Ventralex mesh products. Generally, however, large groups of settlements do not occur until such time as a few lawsuits are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer is able to more thoroughly understand its financial risk.
Similar to the hernia mesh lawsuits, many thousands of claims were filed against companies who manufactured a vaginal mesh medical device. This product was intended to treat women who were experiencing incontinence. Over time, the device began to erode inside the patient’s body, causing chronic pain, organ damage, and repeat surgeries. More than 100,000 lawsuits were filed against the transvaginal mesh manufacturers, resulting in $3 billion in settlements
The Russo Firm and Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Our firm is currently investigating cases of infection, bowel tears, organ damage, intestinal obstruction, adhesions, strokes, blood clots, and internal bleeding injuries from Hernia Mesh.
Contact Our Experienced Hernia Mesh Lawyers For A Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved have undergone a hernia mesh repair with one of these synthetic meshes (or if you’re not sure what mesh was used) and have had complications including revision, lysis of adhesions, bowel repair or bowel resection, call The Russo Firm at 844-847-8300 or contact us online to talk with an experienced lawyer about your injuries. If you can’t travel to our office, we will come to you, or we can work by phone, fax, email or other methods of communication. Remember, you pay no fee unless we obtain compensation for you.