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, most 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 infected.
Hernia Mesh Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?
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.
What are the most common surgical mesh brands used to repair hernias?
Many different brands of surgical hernia mesh are on the market, manufactured by a wide variety of companies. Here are some of the most problematic brands of surgical mesh for hernia repair.
- C-Qur — Manufactured by Maquet (a division of the Getinge Group), the C-Qur first entered the market in 2006. Atrium Medical Corp. originally manufactured the C-Qur, but one of its facilities used to make the device was shut down by the FDA.
- Physiomesh – Physiomesh Composite Mesh, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, was pulled from the market in 2016. Several studies showed that Physiomesh Composite hernia mesh was associated with a range of complications, including recurrent hernias that required additional surgery to repair. Physiomesh Composite Mesh has a 20% failure rate!
- Proceed – Patients using the Proceed, which is also manufactured by Ethicon, have reported that the device has disintegrated inside the body, resulting in severe infections. In 2005, the FDA issued a recall of the device.
- Kugel, Sepramesh, 3DMax, PerFix – C.R. Bard manufactures all of these brands of surgical hernia mesh, and all of them have been linked to several different complications. For example, many male patients implanted with the 3D Max reported severe pain in their testicles. This device, in some cases, has reportedly attached to the spermatic cord, leading to a risk of testicular loss if hernia mesh removal is needed.
What are the Most Commonly Seen Hernia Mesh 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 Adhesion
- Bowel Perforation
- Bowel Failure
- Abdominal Infections
- Organ Punctures
- Organ Ruptures
What Complications Should a Patient Watch for After a Hernia Repair with Mesh?
- 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 (866) 347-7765.