Did you or a loved one experience hernia recurrence or other painful and debilitating complications after undergoing hernia repair with a surgical mesh product?

A growing number of medical device manufacturers, including Ethicon, Inc., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Atrium Medical Corp., have been named in hernia mesh lawsuits that accuse the companies of marketing dangerous and defective products.

You may be eligible to file a claim of your own if you received a mesh implant during hernia repair surgery and later suffered any of the following injuries or complications:

  • Perforation of the intestines, bowel or other organs
  • Intestinal fistulae
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Bowel resection
  • Peritonitis
  • Tears in the abdominal wall
  • Abscess
  • Sepsis
  • Infection
  • Mesh adhesion to the bowel
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Chronic pain
  • Recurrent hernia
  • Need for hernia revision surgery

Plaintiffs who have filed hernia mesh lawsuits accuse device manufacturers of failing to properly test their products or provide doctors and patients with adequate warnings regarding their risks.

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP has already helped hundreds of people injured by defective medical devices. Our legal team is now offering free, no-obligation case reviews to individuals who suffered complications that may be related to surgical hernia mesh products.

To contact an experienced hernia mesh lawyer today, please call 1-877-779-1414.

Hernia Mesh Investigation

Our hernia mesh attorneys are currently investigating the following surgical mesh products:

  • Ethicon Physiomesh
  • Ethicon Proceed Hernia Mesh
  • Ethicon Prolene Hernia Mesh
  • Covidien Parietex Mesh
  • Covidien Parietex Composite Mesh
  • Parietex ProGrip / Parietex Plug and Patch System
  • Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh
  • C.R. Bard 3DMax Hernia Mesh
  • C.R. Bard Perfix Plug
  • C.R. BardVentralex ST Hernia Mesh (Sepramesh)

What is Hernia Mesh?

A hernia occurs when the intestines, an organ, or fatty tissue bulges through an opening in body.

Hernias are classified according to their location:

  • Inguinal hernias occur in the inner groin
  • Femoral herniasoccur in the upper thigh/outer groin
  • Incisional hernias occur at the site of a surgical incision or scar in the abdomen
  • Ventral hernias occur in the general abdomen
  • Umbilical hernias occur at the belly button
  • Hiatal herniasoccur inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm

Several options exist for treating hernias. Prior to the 1980s, hernia repairs consisted solely of non-mesh options, including:

  • Shouldice Repair: Utilizes the patient’s fascia and tendon.
  • McVay Repair: Involves suturing the abdominal tendons into the inguinal ligament.
  • Bassini Repair: A suture-based inguinal hernia repair.
  • Desarda Repair: A suture only repair that utilizes multiple layers of fascia.

Mesh-based hernia repair involves implanting either a synthetic or animal-derived patch into the body, where it acts as a support to hold the protruding tissue or organ in place. Synthetic mesh is manufactured from man-made materials, such as polypropylene or polyester. Animal-derived products are manufactured from the processed and disinfected skin or intestines of pigs or cows.

Many of the hernia mesh lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts involve devices constructed from a type of plastic called polypropylene. Though the material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the material warns that it should not be used for “permanent implantation into the body,” medical device companies have continued to manufacturer products from polypropylene because it is relatively inexpensive to do so.

Some polypropylene mesh products are covered with various types of coatings. The coatings are intended to provide a barrier between the polypropylene and the bowel, and in many cases, are designed to be absorbed by the body over time. These multi-layer devices are known as composite polypropylene hernia mesh.

Hernia Mesh Complications

The products named in hernia mesh lawsuits were brought to market via the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s 510(K) program, which does not require that a device undergo human clinical trials if a manufacturer can show that the product is substantially equivalent to a device previously approved by the agency. As such, complications associated with these devices may not become apparent until they’ve been on the market for years.

Over the years, the FDA has received hundreds of adverse event reports related to hernia mesh products, mostly involving recalled products that are no longer on the market. Unfortunately, by the time a hernia mesh recall is announced, that product has most likely been implanted in hundreds – if not thousands – of patients.

According to a recent analysis of FDA adverse event reports, the most frequent complications associated with hernia mesh recalls include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Adhesion
  • Obstruction
  • Perforation

The same analysis suggested that recalled hernia mesh was the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications.

In October 2016, researchers writing in JAMA Surgery suggested that any benefits derived from mesh-based ventral incisional hernia repair were offset by the potential for hernia mesh complications. The study compared outcomes among 3,242 patients who had undergone elective incisional hernia repairs from January 2007 to December 2010.

At five years, the rate of recurrence was significantly lower for those who had mesh repair. However, the cumulative incidence of mesh-related complications was higher (5.6 percent for open mesh repair and 3.7 percent for laparoscopic mesh repair) compared to the complication rate among those who underwent non-mesh repair (0.8 percent).

“These data suggest that the risk–benefit ratio of mesh is not as clear as previously thought,” the study authors wrote. “This calls into question the current practice of liberal use of mesh, even for repair of small hernias, when mesh is the norm for all incisional hernia repairs of any size. This finding supports previous calls to reconsider the use of mesh for smaller hernia defects.”

Ethicon Physiomesh Market Withdrawal

In May 2016, Ethicon, Inc. announced a voluntary, global market withdrawal for its Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh products, after data from two European registries suggested the hernia mesh devices were associated with unexpectedly high rates of revision and recurrence when used in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.

A notification issued to operating room supervisors, materials management personnel and chiefs of surgery throughout the U.S. urged them to stop using the affected Physiomesh devices immediately and return their unused stock to the company.

Doctors were advised to monitor patients in the usual manner. However, patients who had been implanted with the affected Physiomesh products were not informed of the action.

Contact a Hernia Mesh Lawyer Today

Patients who suffered serious hernia mesh complications may be entitled to compensation for.

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Wrongful Death
  • More

Our experienced hernia mesh lawyers will evaluate your case for free and fully explain all of your legal rights and options. To learn more about filing hernia mesh lawsuit, please call our office as soon as possible at 1-877-779-1414.

Published October 13, 2017 by