Hernias affect millions of people each year. They are painful, unsightly and just plain annoying. For these reasons most hernia patients are willing to do whatever their doctor recommends in order to move on with their lives. The problem is that thousands of men and women who received hernia mesh treatments lives got considerably worse after being implanted with the medical device. This has prompted many sufferers to file hernia mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers of these 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 that is used in surgical procedures to provide additional support to 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 permanent, while biological mesh is meant to dissolve in the body over time. Hernia mesh is also known as surgical mesh, hernia patch or plugs. Once implanted in the body, hernia meshes have been linked to serious, often life threatening complications.
What Is A Hernia?
A hernia happens when an organ or tissue exits the walls of its intended cavity. There are many types of hernias, though they most often occur in the abdomen and groin. Close to 30% of men will experience some form of groin hernia in their lifetime. Symptoms often include some form of pain or discomfort that peaks while coughing, exercising, or using the restroom. 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, often using some form of 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 also warning signs of a hernia:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Sudden pain that intensifies with movement
- A bulge that turns red or purple
- Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas
Hernias can appear without warning and seemingly without cause. There are, however, certain conditions and activities that may increase a person’s risk in developing a hernia. Some of these 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 patient’s way of life post surgery. Some of these conditions, as outlined by The FDA, 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)
- Follow up surgery
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 their defectively designed medical device.
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.
Types of Hernia Mesh
This is the list of the hernia mesh products and manufacturers our law firm is currently accepting new cases on.
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
Covidien – Covidien Hernia Mesh
- Parietex Surgical Mesh
- Parietex Composite Mesh
- Parietex ProGrip Mesh
- Gore-Tex Soft Tissue Patch
- Gore Bio-A Hernia Plug
- Gore Dualmesh Biomaterial
- Gore Dualmesh Plus Material
- Gore Synecor Intraperitoneal Biomaterial
- Gore Synecor Preperitoneal Biomaterial
Hernia Mesh In The News
BBC News reported on the growing concern over a potentially life threatening hernia treatment known as hernia mesh. 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, 39, 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 here in the US 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 per day detail their painful struggles with the device.
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.
Hernia Mesh In Review
Hernia mesh (surgical mesh, hernia patch or plugs) is a medical device used to keep tissue and organs in place after hernia surgery. There are many types of mesh, that are generally characterized as biologic and nonbiologic. Biologic meshes are intended to dissolve in patients after surgery while nonbiologic meshes are intended to be permanent. These devices have been linked to serious complications including, pain, infection, rejection, mesh migration, and follow up surgeries. The FDA has weighed in on the controversy by acknowledging that patients are at an increased risk for painful conditions and follow up surgeries after being implanted with hernia mesh.