Hernia Mesh Injury Lawyers

Hernia Mesh Injury Lawyers

Undergoing surgery to repair a hernia is a common occurrence in the United States, with the FDA reporting over one million hernia repair surgeries every year. What is less common is needing to return for a second surgery to correct an issue stemming from the initial repair. If you are experiencing pain or recurrence after a surgeon repaired your hernia using mesh, the issue may stem from defective hernia mesh.

Going through one painful surgery is difficult enough, but needing a second surgery can be devastating. The time it takes to recover from two surgeries can take a toll on your mental and physical health. If you are in pain because a surgeon used defective hernia mesh, you are not alone. The attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt are experienced and compassionate and can help you receive just compensation for your time and suffering. 

What Is Hernia Mesh?

A hernia occurs when an organ or intestine protrudes through a hole in the surrounding muscle or tissue. They can occur in many different places, but are commonly found on the abdominal wall, or visible as a bulge when straining or bearing down. 

Recurrences are unfortunately very common with hernias. To combat this, surgeons have increasingly turned to using hernia mesh, and now use mesh to repair over 90% of groin hernias. Hernia mesh is made of synthetic materials, and is used to cover up the hole in the muscle or tissue to keep the organ from protruding.

Hernia mesh comes in two varieties: Absorbable and non-absorbable.

  • Absorbable mesh: Designed to break down over time and absorb into your body
  • Non-absorbable mesh: A permanent device that will not dissolve

Pain can be a symptom of defective hernia mesh

What Are Potential Side Effects From Defective Hernia Mesh?

Despite how common surgery to repair a hernia is, more than 30% of patients continue to experience long-term chronic pain after surgery. The most common complications associated with defective hernia mesh are:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Recurrence
  • Adhesion of scar-like tissue
  • Obstruction
  • Fistula (abnormal connection between organs)
  • Fluid build-up (seroma)
  • Bowel perforation 
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage

While these side effects can occur after any hernia repair, it’s important that you follow up with your doctor if you experience pain or discomfort after surgery. Even though your surgeon may have been using mesh that was not under recall at the time of your hernia repair, a recall may have been issued after your surgery. All too often, by the time a company has issued a recall of defective mesh, there are thousands of patients with the mesh already inside of them.  

By the time a recall has been issued, a defective product may have already been used by hospitals around the country

Defective Mesh Recalls

Atrium’s C-QUR mesh and Ethicon’s Physiomesh have had over 2,000 actions filed against each of them for defective mesh products. Atrium’s mesh was coated in fish oil which led to severe allergic reactions and a high rate of adhesions. Another all too common issue is mesh made with polypropylene, which degrades over time and causes the mesh to shrink.

The FDA’s medical device recall database lists over 30 hernia mesh product recalls made between 2010 and 2020. Brands that have been recalled include:

  • Davol Inc
  • Ethicon
  • Coloplast
  • Covidien
  • Acell
  • Sofradim
  • Atrium
  • Novus
  • Lifecell

If you don’t know the name of the manufacturer for the hernia mesh used in your repair, you can contact your surgeon or hospital where the procedure was performed and retrieve the information from your medical record. 

When to Contact an Experienced Hernia Mesh Lawyer

While the use of hernia mesh in surgery has greatly improved the outcomes for millions of patients, a 2016 study published in JAMA found that for some people, the long-term success of surgical mesh may be “offset in part by mesh-related complications”. If your issues were caused by defective mesh, you are not alone. 

If you have questions regarding the type of mesh that was used in your repair, don’t hesitate to contact the lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today. You may qualify to file an individual claim against the manufacturer, or become part of a class-action lawsuit. Our consultations are always free and confidential. Call us today at 1-866-333-7715 or fill out our contact form here.