Defects in the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch, a prosthetic used to treat hernias, have caused a number of patients to develop serious side effects, ranging from bowel obstruction to blood infections to death.

To warn and protect the public, the FDA has issued three recalls for six different models of the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch. The final recall in 2007 upgraded the severity of the situation to a “Class I” status (highlighting the potential for serious health problems and/or death while using these products). To date, one man has died as a result of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch complications, and hundreds more have been seriously injured.

How the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Causes Death

The primary way in which the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch can cause death is through complications and/or lack of treatment of the patch’s side effects, which include:

  • bowel obstruction/perforation: Both of these Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch side effects can cause the contents of the intestines to spill into the abdominal cavity, contaminating this otherwise sterile environment. Lack of treatment can lead to serious infection, namely sepsis (a blood infection), and possibly death.
  • chronic intestinal fistulae: This Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch side effect results when part of the intestines forms an irregular connection with another organ or another part of the intestines. While most cases of chronic intestinal fistulae cause, at worst, abdominal pain, if an abnormal intestinal connection releases substances into the abdominal cavity, sepsis can develop and put patients at a high risk of death.

Because severe health problems can rapidly develop after a Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch defect has occurred, both doctors and the FDA advise patients to seek immediate medical care if they start experiencing high fever, constipation, diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Statistics and Facts

While there is no way to know exactly how many patients have suffered injuries from the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches, here are some facts and statistics that can give you a better idea of how pervasive and serious Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch defects and side effects are:

  • As of March 2006, over 30 patients had experienced ring breaks, 11 of which led to a broken ring dangerously penetrating the abdominal wall.
  • Before the FDA’s first Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch recall in December 2005, Davol, Inc. (the company that manufactures these hernia patches) had at least 10 reports of patch defects and related side effects.
  • In seven reported cases, patients developed serious cases of bowel perforation as a result of hernia patch defects.
  • Since its first 2005 recall, Davol, Inc. and parent company Bard have made more than $11 million selling faulty Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches.

Although surgeons are no longer implanting recalled Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches, thousands of patients have already received these patches as part of hernia treatment.

If you or a loved one currently uses a Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch, be aware of possible side effects and see a personal injury lawyer if you start developing health complications. With a lawyer, you can pursue a personal injury claim against Davol and get the compensation you need to pay medical bills and recover from the trauma of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch side effects.

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Published November 17, 2011 by