Life-threatening infections, abscesses, organ perforation and the need for emergency surgical removal are just a few of the more serious complications associated with hernia mesh. Bonsignore Trial Lawyers are currently offering confidential consultations to determine if you or a loved one has grounds for legal action. If you were implanted with surgical mesh for hernia repair and suffered debilitating injuries due to manufacturing or design defects, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Thousands of patients across the country have already filed a hernia mesh lawsuit, demanding fair reparations for their medical bills, hospitalization costs, lost wages and emotional suffering.
Over the past few years, masses of patients have reported catastrophic complications after being treated with hernia mesh products produced by Ethicon, Atrium, Kugel, Alloderm and others. Due to long-term safety concerns, the FDA has withdrawn several hernia mesh devices, while others remain available in the marketplace.
About Hernia Mesh
More than one million Americans have hernia repair surgery every year. A hernia occurs when tissue or organs squeeze through a weak area in the muscle, typically producing a visible bulge. While hernias may occur in the inner or outer groin as well as the naval, the majority happen within the abdominal wall. Hernia mesh is frequently used to give additional support to compromised or damaged tissues. Hernia mesh can be made from synthetic polymers such as polyprolylene or composite mesh, or or animal-derived materials, and may be designed to be absorbable or non-absorbable. The latter type of mesh is intended to remain inside the body permanently, adding extra support to internal organs and tissues.
Since the 1980s, surgeons have been increasingly turning to surgical mesh for hernia repair based on the assumption of shorter operative and recovery times. According to the FDA, by the year 2000, less than 20 percent of hernia repairs were performed without the use of surgical mesh. Although all surgeries come with some risk of complications, hernia mesh surgeries have been linked to a disproportionately high failure rate, leaving some patients with chronic pain and debilitating health problems that significantly reduce the quality of their lives.
Dozens of plaintiffs have suffered a laundry list of unfathomable hernia mesh complications which forced them to endure multiple corrective surgeries, weeks of hospitalization, and in some instances, partial bowel resection or even colostomy.
Hernia Mesh Injuries and Complications
Used to repair abdominal, ventral, umbilical and inguinal hernias, synthetic and non-synthetic mesh has been blamed for a number of incapacitating injuries. While some complications including pain, infection, adhesions and hernia recurrence are related to recalled mesh products, other injuries are tied to leading brands like Atrium C-Qur, which is still being sold today.
Complications caused by laparoscopic hernia repair with mesh devices may include:
- Adhesions – scar-like tissue
- Severe infection, sepsis
- Mesh shrinkage
- Allergic reaction
- Hernia recurrence
- Bowel obstruction
- Abdominal pain
- Nerve damage
- Organ perforation
- Mesh erosion
- Groin and testicular pain
- Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
- Enterocutaneous fistula
- Dental problems
- Systemic inflammation
- Joint pain
- Kidney problems and renal failure
- Meshoma – mesh contracture
- Liver abnormalities
- Autoimmune disorders
- Surgical removal of hernia mesh
Newer composite meshes, which combine more than one material and are coated with Omega 3, polyvinylidene fluoride, cellulose or hyaluronate, were designed to promote tissue in-growth and reduce the risk of adhesions, but patient reports have shown these devices to be even more problematic. In some cases, coated meshes have been shown to cause systemic infections, and bowel adhesions.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits and Investigations
Thousands of Americans who experienced life-altering problems with hernia mesh implants and patches have taken their claims to court in the hopes of holding negligent companies accountable for their actions. Hernia mesh lawsuits have been brought against a number of global manufacturers, listing counts of failure to warn, strict products liability, negligence and breach of warranty. Plaintiffs argue that manufacturers failed to conduct sufficient safety tests and knew their devices were potentially dangerous, but marketed them anyways. Anecdotal reports, along with clinical studies bolster allegations leveled in hernia mesh claims, some of which have resulted in million dollar payouts.
A jury returned a $1.5 million verdict for plaintiff Christopher Thorpe, who filed suit against C.R. Bard after developing a fistula and abscess from a Kugel hernia mesh patch. Some manufacturers have opted to settle claims, while others are still facing litigation.
Bonsignore Trial Lawyers remain dedicated to securing justice for injured clients, and continue to review complaints concerning the following hernia mesh products.
C-Qur Hernia Mesh
Problems and serious injuries associated with C-Qur hernia mesh have triggered numerous lawsuit filings. The product, which features a proprietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid coating, can cause severe allergic reactions, inflammation and infections. Manufacturer Atrium has been cited by the FDA for failing to promptly address poor sterilization protocols in company facilities and failing to follow up on consumer complaints involving surgical infections.
Ethicon – Physiomesh
Although not labeled a “recall,” Ethicon pulled its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh from the global market in May 2016, citing high failure rates. Two large-scaled studies performed in Germany and Denmark found that the coated Physiomesh was connected to abnormally high hernia recurrence rates. The first Ethicon Physiomesh trial is slated to go before a jury in early 2018.
Kugel Hernia Mesh
In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Davol recalled certain batches of Kugel hernia mesh patches after discovering the device’s memory coil ring could fracture, leading to fistulas, adhesions and bowel perforations. More than 3,000 product liability complaints have been filed regarding problems with Kugel patches, a polypropylene mesh that is prone to shrinkage and degradation. Cases were consolidated under federal multidistrict litigation before Bard opted to settle claims for nearly $190 million.
Sold by Davol – a unit of C.R. Bard — Sepramesh is a composite, absorbable device that features a lipid coating. Lawsuits claim that the product is unreasonably dangerous and lacked sufficient warnings regarding possible complications such as bowel adhesions, fistula, and bowel perforation. Patients have also reported hernia recurrence, systemic infections along with chronic pain.
Consult with hernia mesh attorneys
Manufacturers of hernia mesh may be held accountable for economic and non-economic damages incurred by patients if it is found that they breached a duty of care to consumer safety, produced defective products, or failed to adequately warn about risks.
The nationally-recognized Bonsignore Trial Lawyers leverage three decades of experience litigating defective device claims, and winning fair compensation for clients. In the wake of serious hernia mesh complications, protect your rights by requesting a free case evaluation.
Additional Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Resources:
- US Library of National Medicine, The problem of mesh shrinkage in laparoscopic incisional hernia repair https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19536713
- VA Boston Healthcare System Mesh Infection in Ventral Incisional Hernia Repair: Incidence, Contributing Factors, and Treatment http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/sur.2011.033
- FDA, Hernia Surgical Mesh Implants http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/HerniaSurgicalMesh/default.htm
- SpringerLink, Complications of mesh devices for intraperitoneal umbilical hernia repair: a word of caution http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10029-010-0692-x