Hernia Mesh Failures Generate Recalls, Lawsuits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration files show that more than one million hernia repairs are being performed each year in the United States with the overwhelming majority involving the use of hernia mesh.
That’s a pretty large statistic but even more dramatic numbers are found in court files across the country that show that more than 50,000 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients who suffered serious side effects or complications due to the application of hernia mesh during their repair surgery.
Some of the largest pharmaceutical companies such as C.R. Bard, Atrium Medical, Covidien, Gore Medical, Genzyme and Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, are named as defendants over allegations that these devices were poorly designed and tested and that patients and physicians were left in the dark about post-surgery complications and side effects.
If you or a loved one suffered serious health problems or had to undergo a repair operation from a defective hernia mesh it is not too late to seek legal help from nationwide resources such as the network of highly specialized attorneys at Injury Help Desk.
What are some of the medical problems identified in hernia mesh lawsuits: Here is a partial list:
- Revision surgery to correct the failure of the original implant.
- Revision surgery to correct adhesion, where the mesh sticks to internal tissue.
- Revision surgery to remove the original implant.
- Revision surgery to repair a reoccurrence of the hernia.
- Chronic pain.
- Testicle removal due to constant pain.
- Perforation of organs or tissues, which can happen if the mesh erodes, shrinks, or migrates internally.
- Infections, which can cause severe headaches and fever and lead to sepsis.
- Cancer, which can be caused by infected mesh.
- Erosion of the mesh, which can cause fever, infection, pain, and nausea.
- Bowel obstruction.
- Abdominal pain.
- Diarrhea, constipation or nausea.
- Seromas, caused by fluid collecting under the surface of the skin.
Some of these mesh products have been the subjects of FDA recalls after the agency fielded huge numbers of reports of serious complications suffered by unsuspecting victims who put their trust in these products.
Among the earliest products recalled was Bard’s Kugel hernia mesh over risks of the mesh breaking. Also recalled was Atrium’s Medical C-QUR Mesh, due to the lack of sterile environment in their manufacturing plants. FDA violations also caused J&J to halt sales of Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh.
Financial settlements may be possible for hernia mesh lawsuit victims who suffered serious medical complications, including additional surgery but time limitations may be involved so you should seek immediate legal assistance if you believe you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Free case reviews for eligible victims are available at the network of highly specialized attorneys at Injury Help Desk.