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Hernia Mesh Complications: Who’s Affected?
Have you suffered from hernia mesh problems? You may be entitled to compensation from hernia mesh lawsuit settlements.
Hernia mesh lawsuits allege that mesh devices are defective and that hernia mesh makers failed to warn patients about potential adverse side effects. Some of the medical device makers that have faced lawsuits include Atrium, Bard Davol, and Ethicon.
Hernia mesh injuries alleged in lawsuits include:
- Adhesions (bands of scar tissue)
- Bowel obstruction
- Mesh failure
- Meshoma (when mesh has shrunk and can trap nerves/cause chronic pain)
- Seromas (fluid pockets)
Such complications may require additional hernia surgery to resolve.
Hernia mesh complications may be caused by defects with hernia repair mesh products, entitling consumers to take legal action.
Generally speaking, hernia mesh products are defective because they were placed on the market despite the following concerns being known by the manufacturers:
- Polypropylene is not suitable for implantation in the human body
- Heavy-weight polypropylene can bunch, curl, migrate, and cause nerve, tissue, and organ damage
- Minimal animal testing supported the product safety and efficacy
- No clinical trials in humans prior to putting products on the market
- Doctors’ were concerned and warned about increased adverse events
Hernias occur when there is a weakness or hole in a muscle, allowing organs, intestines, or fatty tissues to squeeze through. This usually results in a bulge that may be visible externally.
Although hernia mesh products are widely used to repair hernias, these products may be associated with serious complications. Some of these complications may include:
- Recurrent hernia: A hernia may happen again despite mesh repair, meaning further surgery for patients.
- Mesh-related complication: A variety of problems can occur with a mesh product that can cause it to reject.
- Mesh infection: If any bacteria contaminates the mesh during surgery, it may cause a serious infection.
- Mesh folding: The mesh product may fold inside the body, forming small balls called meshomas. This can also lead to hernia recurrence.
- Mesh reaction: If the body reacts with the implanted mesh, this can cause pain and other rejection symptoms.
- Chronic pain: This can be caused by nerve injury, meshomas or mesh reaction, or the recurrence of a hernia.
Any of these complications can cause significant pain to patients and may require additional hernia mesh revision surgery to resolve.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), up to 170,000 English patients may be experiencing hernia mesh complications if they underwent hernia repair surgery within the last six years.
“Patients who had had hernia mesh operations told the programme about being in constant pain, unable to sleep, and finding it difficult to walk or even pick up a sock. Some patients said that they felt suicidal,” the BMJ reports.
Complications caused by hernia mesh can be detrimental to a patient’s quality of life, but relief may be possible. The rejected product can be removed surgically and compensation may be available if consumers take legal action against hernia mesh manufacturers.
What are the Types of Hernia?
A hernia can occur in a variety of locations in the body, which changes what type of hernia it is. Hernia types include:
- Inguinal: hernia in the inner groin
- Femoral: hernia in the upper thigh or outer groin
- Incisional: hernia through an incision or scar on the abdomen
- Ventral: hernia in the general abdominal area
- Umbilical: hernia at the belly button
- Hiatal: hernia inside the abdomen along the diaphragm or upper stomach area
The Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh device was approved to be marketed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2010 through the federal agency’s 510k fast-track approval program. This program allows medical device makers to pursue approval of a product by showing that it’s “substantially equivalent” to a similar product, without the standard requirements such as testing and research.
The Physiomesh hernia patch is described by Ethicon as a “sterile, low profile, flexible composite mesh designed for the repair of hernias and other fascial deficiencies.” It is made with a macroporous polypropylene that is held together by two undyed polygelcaprone-25 films.
After its approval, the Physiomesh became a widely used hernia surgery mesh. However, it also became associated with more hernia mesh problems than expected after Ethicon’s hernia mesh product was used for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. Complications reported include hernia recurrence, removal surgery, infections, wound problems, and abdominal pain.
This high rate of hernia mesh failure led Ethicon to remove the product from the market. In a May 2016 announcement, the removal of Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh was categorized as a “Market Withdrawal” and not a recall on the product itself.
Ethicon failed to clearly define the factors behind the high hernia mesh failure rate. Ethicon said that the failure rate could be due to several factors: design, the physician’s instructions, and patient selection.
Several hernia mesh repair lawsuits have been filed over failed Physiomesh hernia mesh products with some of the following allegations:
- Failure to perform adequate research of the product
- Failure to warn about the complications linked to the product
- Providing misleading information about Physiomesh’s safety
- Defective instructions for surgeons
- Failing to make a safer mesh product.
Compensation From Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Settlements
If you underwent hernia surgery and suffered severe pain, your complications may be the result of a defective mesh product made by one of the four main hernia mesh manufacturers, Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Covidien, and Atrium.
Each of the four main hernia mesh manufacturers have multiple models of hernia mesh products. The following list includes some of the hernia mesh products from each manufacturer:
- C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Products: Sepramesh, Ventralight ST, Ventralex ST, Ventrio ST, Ventralex, Composix, Kugel, Ventrio, Dulex, Marlex/Sheet Mesh, Perfix, Perfix Lite, 3D Max, 3D Max Lite, and Keyhole Mesh.
- Covidien Hernia Mesh Products: Paretex (including Composite, Plug-and-Patch, Pro-Grip, etc.), Surgipro, and Symbotex.
- Atrium Hernia Mesh Products: C-Qur (mutliple subtypes include V-Patch, Tacshield, etc.), and Proloop.
- Ethicon Hernia Mesh Products: Physiomesh, Proceed, and PHS (Prolene Hernia System).
If you have been injured from hernia mesh failure, you may be entitled to file a hernia mesh repair lawsuit and receive damages for:
- Past and future medical expenses, including revision surgery, infection treatment, perforations, care for chronic pain, and more.
- Pain and suffering caused by the injuries, treatment and recovery process.
- Lost wages you incurred or will incur from inability to work.
- Punitive damages, if appropriate.
You may qualify to seek compensation for your injuries through a hernia mesh repair lawsuit.
The qualified attorneys that work with Top Class Actions are highly experienced in filing a range of class action lawsuits. Fill out the form on this page to be connected with an attorney for a free case evaluation and to find more about how you can take action for the pain and suffering caused by faulty hernia mesh products.
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