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Hernia Mesh Implant Lawsuits

While hernia mesh implants are a popular medical solution to fixing hernias, the flood of harm and injury claims filed from these implants raises questions the effectiveness of these supposedly helpful medical devices. Recent studies reveal the dangerous qualities and defects associated with specific types of hernia mesh implants. Complications with the implants cause significant suffering for unaware and innocent patients.

The Problem

Many of the hernia mesh products currently on the market contain design defects unknown to unsuspecting patients and consumers. To the public's horror, these defects are quickly quieted by medical device manufacturers or swept aside by those in places of authority through seemingly simple market withdrawals instead of total recalls. Despite the desire for silence, hernia mesh lawsuits steadily mount as time progresses and complications arise. Thousands of lawsuits now pend across the U.S. federal court system.

Being aware of which hernia mesh products are flawed and dangerous may help you make a more informed decision as you consider having surgical mesh implanted for a hernia. Or, our information could show that you or a loved one could be eligible legal compensation if you/they endured injury or harm from a hernia mesh implant. Thousands of Americans experience excruciating pain and complications from a faulty hernia mesh device, and you could be among them. 

What is a Hernia Mesh Impant?

The FDA defines a hernia as “when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.” During a hernia repair surgery, a surgeon uses a surgical mesh to provide added support to weak or damaged tissue. 

Most manufacturers make surgical mesh from animal tissue, like a pig or cow, or synthetic materials. Generally, surgeons use hernia mesh implants to repair ventral (general abdominal/ventral wall) and inguinal (inner groin) hernias and to lower the rate of hernia recurrence. However, despite that most hernia surgeries use mesh implants, many don’t necessarily need to use them if your surgeon is experienced and capable.   

Hernia Mesh Implants: Dangerously Defective

Reports reveal that some hernia mesh implant manufacturers skirt safety standards for the sake of saving a few pennies. Many mesh implant products contain polypropylene, a seemingly innocuous product that’s actually a silent killer.

Polypropylene, while a very cheap type of plastic used to manufacture mesh products, contracts and degrades over time when it comes into contact with the bowel directly. This leads to hernia mesh failure and potentially lethal injuries and complications. Polypropylene’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) even states prohibited uses for the product include “applications involving permanent implantation into the body.” How could medical device manufacturers actively use a material that they KNEW should not be used for implantation within the body?

Manufacturers Skirt Problems

Medical device manufacturers tried to avoid the problem polyproylene created when it comes into direct contact with the bowel by creating coated hernia mesh products---otherwise known as composite mesh. While they designed the composite mesh coating to act as a barrier between the polypropylene and the bowel, the supposed “barrier” the coating creates isn’t promoted as a barrier. Unfortunately, ulterior motives fuel this reasoning.

To guarantee medical device safety, the FDA mandates that medical devices considered as “barriers” need to go through pre-clinical studies and Pre-Market Approval. So, to avoid the safety studies and maintain profit, medical device manufacturers simply stated they wouldn’t brand their composite meshes as barriers. As such, reliable data on coated hernia mesh products is few and far between.

Documented Hernia Mesh Complications and Injuries

If you or a loved one are concerned about the possibility of having a hernia mesh injury or complication, contact your primary care physician or the surgeon or the facility where your hernia mesh implant surgery was performed.
Depending on where on the body the surgical mesh was placed, a variety of injuries and complications can happen, ranging from mild to severe. Hernia mesh complications and injuries can be life threatening in some situations. Below are some of the observed injuries and complications associated with hernia mesh failure.
Meshoma
Joint aches and pain
Intense headaches
Fistula
Infection and sepsis
Pain with sex
Bowel obstruction
Rashes
Diarrhea
Nausea
Autoimmune disorders
Renal failure
Additional injuries and complications

Worst Brands of Mesh Implants

The surgical mesh products on this list are currently under investigation or have listed lawsuits associated with them. The list continues to grow as more complaints file in.

BARD

- ST Hernia Patch
- Composix Kugel Hernia
  Mesh
- 3DMax
- Perfix Plug

COVIDIEN - MEDTRONIC

- Parietex
- Parietex Composite Mesh
- Parietex ProGrip / Paritex
  and Patch System

ETHICON - JOHNSON & JOHNSON

- Proceed Hernia Mesh
- Physiomesh
- Prolene Hernia System

GORE

- DualMesh

ATRIUM - MAQUET - GETINGE GROUP

- C-Qur Hernia Mesh
- ProLoop Plug

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