Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue during hernia repairs. More than one million hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S. Hernias have a high rate of recurrence, and surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair and reduce the rate of recurrence. Since the 1980s, there has been an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs—by 2000, non-mesh repairs represented less than 10% of groin hernia repair techniques.
Most hernia mesh is made from a synthetic material called polypropylene. This is the same material used for the majority of transvaginal mesh products, which has resulted in more than 100,000 personal injury lawsuits. Polypropylene causes a chronic inflammatory response when it comes in contact with flesh.
Synthetic hernia mesh can cause severe side effects. Symptoms can vary among patients, but the Food and Drug Administration has reported the following as common hernia mesh adverse effects:
▸ Adhesion (build-up of scar tissue that sticks together)
▸ Bowel or intestinal blockage
▸ Organ perforation
▸ Nerve damage
▸ Severe pain near the hernia site
Other serious side effects can include fatigue, urinary issues, and hernia recurrence which requires revision surgery.
Some of the brands of mesh that have been identified as causing post surgery complicationsinclude Ethicon Physiomesh, Ethicon Proceed, Atrium C-Qur, C.R. Bard Kugel, C.R. Bard Ventralex, C.R. Bard Sepramesh, 3DMax, and PerFix. Few of these hernia mesh products have been recalled in spite of the number of patients who have had and will continue to have serious complications.
Laird, Baker and Blackstock is currently evaluating cases involving hernia mesh failure. If you have had hernia revision surgery or revision surgery has been recommended, call us now or click the link below to contact us and schedule a free consultation. There is not a fee unless we recover.