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A hernia is a very common condition that affects men and women of all ages. A hernia occurs when a portion of an organ, or portion of the intestine protrudes through the connective tissue or muscle that surrounds it. Age, weight, a strenuous job that involves a lot of lifting or pulling or even damage from surgery or pregnancy can all be contributing factors to the cause of any hernia.
When a hernia occurs many surgeons choose to make use of a hernia repair mesh to reinforce the tissues in the affected area and help prevent a recurrence.
Not all hernias are repaired with hernia mesh, but those that commonly are include all of the following:
- Abdominal Hernias
- Inguinal Hernias
- Umbilical Hernias
- Femoral Hernias
- Hiatal Hernias
- Incisional Hernias
- Supravescial Hernias
Of all the hernias diagnosed in the USA every year, around 65-70% are abdominal hernias, and these are the hernias most commonly repaired using hernia mesh. There are two surgical methods utilized; laparoscopic and open surgery.
Open hernia surgery is an older, established technique that involves a larger open incision, while laparoscopic – or keyhole – hernia repair is less invasive and requires smaller incisions. Which procedure a patient undergoes depends on both their unique condition and the surgeon performing the procedure, but in both instances hernia mesh is often used.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
As useful as hernia mesh has proven itself to be there have been several manufacturers who have faced recalls or have had to withdrawal their product from the market over the course of the last several years. The manufacturer of the popular Kugel hernia mesh patch, C.R. Bard, issued eight recalls for various hernia mesh models between 2006 and 2007 alone. Additionally, Ethicon, the maker of Physiomesh voluntarily pulled their product from the market in 2016. Both of these manufacturers, along with others, are now facing thousands of lawsuits related to these defective products.
The FDA on Surgical Hernia Mesh
In late 2014, the FDA released a communication related to the issue of surgical hernia mesh. They issued a Safety Communication detailing patient reports of various complications associated with the use of hernia mesh. These included reports of injuries to blood vessels, to organs and nerves, complications with the mesh adhering itself to intestines, infection and more. Patients who do experience hernia mesh complications are encouraged to report them to the FDA.
Hernia Mesh Litigation in 2016 and 2017
Thousands of people have already filed hernia mesh lawsuits across the United States and many more are expected to follow. The complaints are varied, ranging from recurrence, to infections, to bowel perforations, to even death. One Florida woman claimed that the Physiomesh device made by Ethicon caused an intestinal blockage, but the mesh could not be removed as it had already adhered itself to the abdominal wall. Another lawsuit alleged, that C.R. Bard’s Kugel hernia patch, caused a woman to die of sepsis, a complication of infection, after the hernia mesh became infectd.
Hernia Mesh Frequently Asked Questions
If a person underwent hernia surgery that involved the placement of hernia mesh and feel that their health has suffered as a result of that mesh, then they may be eligible to file a claim for damages against the manufacturer. Baron & Budd will investigate your case to determine whether mesh was used in your hernia surgery and the manufacturer of the mesh.
There are many different brands of hernia meshThese include, but are not limited to the following:
Physiomesh – As previously mentioned the Physiomesh device, manufactured by Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, was removed from the market in 2016. According to some studies, the mesh had a 20% failure rate, with additional surgeries needed to address recurrent hernias. Another Ethicon mesh, Proceed, which was last sold in 2005 before being recalled by the FDA was reported to dissolve inside the body, leading to infection.
CR Bard Hernia Meshes – It is C.R Bard who are bearing the brunt of the hernia mesh lawsuits as several of the devices they produced – Kugel, PerFix, 3DMax and Sepramesh – have been linked to a number of post-surgical complications.
A wide variety of complications after hernia mesh placement have been reported and many of the patients have filed lawsuits. Many of these complications have been of a serious nature and have included all the following and more.
- Hernia Mesh Failure
- Additional Mesh Revision/Removal Surgery
- Mesh Migration
- Mesh Rejection
- Mesh Adhesion
- Bowel Perforation
- Bowel Failure
- Abdominal Infections
- Organ Punctures
- Organ Ruptures
- Chronic Insomnia
- Difficulty Urinating
- Severe Pain at Incision Site
At Baron & Budd, after a number of years assisting women who suffered complications from the placement of transvaginal mesh (link to transvaginal mesh page) we are now assisting men and women who have experienced complications after the placement of hernia mesh.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and maintain conveniently located offices in Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Diego, California. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced hernia mesh lawyer simply complete the contact form or call us at