Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

According to the FDA, surgeons perform one million hernia repair surgeries every year. As many as 30% report experiencing chronic pain after the procedure (Wall Street Journal). Your pain could be due to a defective mesh used in your hernia repair. If it was, the manufacturer of that device is responsible for the pain their product caused. 

Common Hernia Mesh Complications and Injuries

While hernia mesh has been a popular surgical solution for many years, the safety of a variety of these implants have been called into question on numerous occasions after patients faced serious complications. Atrium’s C-QUR mesh and Ethicon’s Physiomesh, in particular, are facing dozens of claims because of the injuries caused by the surgical mesh implants.

Studies have found that the material used in some of these implants is rather unsafe for humans and/or drastically degrades in quality over time. For instance, the C-QUR mesh is coated in a fish oil substance, which has led to some patients facing severe allergic reactions and an alarming rate of substantial adhesions, or abnormal scar tissue sticking together tissues and organs.

C-QUR mesh, various Ethicon products and a variety of other surgical meshes are largely created using a polymer called polypropylene, which is known to degrade over time. As the material wears, this often leads to the mesh shrinking, causing irritation to the surrounding area and provoking an immune response. Some common complications and injuries include:

  • Infection
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Perforation of organs and tissues
  • Pain
  • Migration; the implant moving from its original application
  • Adhesion; scar-like tissue that sticks together

Researchers noted that while hernia mesh is often considered necessary in treating any kind of hernia, there have not been many studies into the long-term effects of these medical devices. While some complications may arise even within days of surgery, a 2016 study found 1,050 out of 3,242 patients had the device in place for five years or more before facing complications and requiring additional surgery.

Manufacturers Facing Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)

  • Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh
  • Proceed Surgical Mesh
  • Prolene Hernia System

Atrium (Maquet, Getinge Group)

  • C-QUR Mesh
  • C-QUR V-Patch
  • 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 Mosaic

Covidien (Medtronic)

  • Parietex Surgical Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Mesh
  • Parietex ProGrip Mesh

C.R. Bard (Davol)

  • PerFix Mesh
  • Kugel Hernia Mesh
  • 3DMax Mesh
  • Ventralex ST Hernia Mesh
  • Ventralex Patch
  • Sepramesh IP Composite Mesh
  • Composix E/X Mesh

Contact Us

If you or a loved one have suffered a complication or injury from a defective hernia mesh, contact our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell today. 

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