Over the last decade, hundreds of thousands of people have been injured nationwide by hernia mesh products. Although medical device companies have tried to keep these injuries quiet, the word has finally gotten out. Hernia meshes are dangerous and lawsuits are now being filed nationwide. Additionally, options such as sutures or even the patient’s own tissue can be utilized to repair a hernia defect.
Many of the newer hernia meshes have been associated with high rates of infection. Some newer hernia meshes are coated with gels that promote the growth of bacteria. Additionally, these coated hernia meshes are extremely difficult to adequately sterilize. Once a hernia mesh has become infected, it is nearly impossible to permanently cure the infection. Long-term antibiotics will only temporarily suppress the infection in a majority of patients. Eventually, mesh removal is necessary to rid the infection.
Defective Hernia Meshes
Our hernia mesh attorneys are currently investigating the following dangerous hernia meshes:
• C-Qur: Hernia mesh coated with fish oil. Lawsuits are mounting against Atrium and its parent company Getinge Group.
• Physiomesh: A coated mesh pulled from the market by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
• 3DMax: Used to repair inguinal (groin) hernias. Frequently results in debilitating lower extremity pain.
• PerFix Plug: Like the 3DMax, it is used to repair inguinal hernias and can cause extreme pain.
• Ventralex ST: Mesh coated in a polyglycolic acid and manufactured by Davol, a subsidiary of CR Bard.
Hernia Mesh Injuries
Various types of hernia mesh have been associated with a wide range of injuries. Below are some of the most common hernia mesh injuries that our lawyers have observed:
• Bowel Obstruction and Perforation
• Infection and Non-healing Wounds
• Abdominal and Testicular Pain
• Testicle Removal
• Inability to Walk
• Unexplained Rash
• Subsequent Surgeries
Hernia Mesh Removal
Removing a defective hernia mesh is much more difficult than implanting a hernia mesh. Once implanted, many hernia meshes will adhere to the patient’s bowel. As a result, it can be very difficult and time-consuming to remove the mesh from the bowel. In many instances, portions of the patient’s bowel must be removed along with the mesh. Be sure to consult a skilled hernia mesh removal surgeon prior to having any mesh removed.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Contact Burke Harvey if you or a loved one have been injured by hernia mesh. For more information on the hernia mesh lawsuit, call (205) 881-0555 to speak to an attorney now.