Many people experience the pain and discomfort of having a hernia. It can make the simplest of tasks horribly uncomfortable to deal with. For this reason, many patients are willing to do whatever their doctor recommends in order to move on with their lives.
Yet, thousands of men and women have experienced side effects hernia mesh implantation that deteriorates their physical health considerably more than before.
Many sufferers have filed hernia mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers of hernia mesh products in order to hold them accountable for what they are calling a faulty, dangerous, and defective product.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a loosely woven sheet used in surgical procedures to provide additional support for tissue and/or organs. It can be made out of both inorganic and biological materials, and in some cases both.
Inorganic mesh is designed to be a permanent solution, while biological mesh is meant to dissolve into the body over time. Hernia mesh is also known as surgical mesh, hernia patch or plugs. Once implanted in the body, hernia mesh has been linked to serious, often life-threatening complications.
What Is A Hernia?
A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue exits the walls of its intended cavity. Symptoms often include pain or discomfort that peaks while coughing, exercising, straining (as in lifting or pulling), or using the restroom. There are many types of hernias, though many often occur in the abdomen and groin.
Symptoms often get progressively worse throughout the day and lessen while laying down. Hernias are often visible outside of the skin, characterized by a red bulging area that can increase in size when strained. Hernias are generally treated with surgery by using a hernia mesh.
Hernia Symptoms And Causes
Only a doctor can properly diagnose and treat a hernia. If you have experienced pain in the groin or abdomen or any form of noticeable bulge or protrusion, contact your health care provider immediately. The following symptoms are typically indicators of a hernia:
- Sudden pain that intensifies with movement
- A bulge that turns red or purple
- Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Hernias can appear without warning and seemingly without cause. There are certain conditions and activities that may increase a person’s risk in developing a hernia and exacerbate the problem. They include:
- Increased pressure within the abdomen
- A pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
- A combination of increased pressure within the abdomen and a pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
- Straining during bowel movements or urination
- Strenuous activity
- Chronic coughing or sneezing
Hernia Mesh Complications
Hernia mesh has been linked to a host of painful complications that can gravely affect your quality of life post-surgery. As outlined by The FDA, some of these conditions include:
- Localized or general pain
- Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
- Blockage of the intestines
- Abnormal connection between organs
- Organ perforation
- Allergic reaction
- Body rejection
- Mesh migration or erosion
- Mesh shrinkage (contraction)
- Fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma)
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these conditions after undergoing hernia reparation surgery, contact your doctor immediately. Lawsuits have been filed across the country in an attempt to hold manufacturers accountable for the defective medical devices.
The FDA On Hernia Mesh
The FDA published an article updated in April 2017 that called into question the long-term safety of hernia mesh. The article stated,
“…Pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation are the most common complications associated with recalled mesh. In the FDA’s analysis of medical adverse event reports to the FDA, recalled mesh products were the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications.”
Though numerous types of hernia mesh have been recalled by their manufacturers after countless reports of injury, dozens of options still remain on the market.
Hernia Mesh Brands
Below is a list of hernia mesh products and manufacturers our law firm is currently accepting new cases on:
- Covidien Hernia Mesh
(including the following):
- Parietex Plug and Patch
Parietex Composite (PCO)
Parietex ProGrip Mesh
- Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh
- Gore Medical
- Bard / Davol
- Composix EX
- Spermatex IP
- 3D Max
- Perfix Plug, PerFix Mesh
- Ventralex, Ventralex ST
- Composix Kugel
- Ventrio ST
- C-QUR Mesh
- C-QUR Edge Mesh V-Patch
- C-QUR Lite Mesh V-Patch
- C-QUR OVT Mesh
- C-QUR RPM Mesh
- C-QUR TacShield
- C-QUR V-Patch
- C-QUR Mosaic
Hernia Mesh In The News
BBC News has reported on the growing concern over the potentially life-threatening hernia mesh treatment. One of hundreds of women who are taking legal action against manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants, was quoted as saying,
“[I was] screaming on all fours from the agonizing pain.”
Surgeon Peter Jones said, “Severe pain is a common problem and patients aren’t being warned about it.” The story went on to profile Martin Kincey who started experiencing pain in 2011, more than a decade after his initial hernia surgery.
“I used to play all sorts of sports, but now the simplest of movements can be seriously painful. It feels like I have been stabbed with something hot.”
Though these two suffered across the pond, reports of the same injuries in the United States are not unusual. With a simple search for “hernia mesh” on Facebook, the true scope of the disaster comes into focus. A number of people each day detail their painful struggles with the device on various hernia mesh failure support groups.
One Facebook user posted, “Yep I can totally relate. It’s been 3 months since my surgery & every day is a little worse. I can’t even stand long enough to cook a simple meal, load/unload dishwasher, shop, nothing!!! Only thing that helps is being in bed & laying flat. Can’t wait to get this crap out of me! And after that I’m DONE with doctors unless it’s a life or death situation. Never ever allow mesh to be used. It’s not just a few people that have these issues, it’s 100’s of thousands worldwide. It all needs to be taken off the market..”
These people are not alone, and neither are you. If you have suffered any complications related to a hernia mesh or mesh patch, we may be able to help you.