Hernia Mesh Injuries & Revision Surgery: Lawsuits Note Severe Risks

Hernia Mesh Injuries & Revision Surgery: Lawsuits Note Severe Risks 2018-03-19T20:48:42+00:00
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Dozens of hernia mesh products have been associated with severe complications from hernia recurrence, bowel obstructions, severe pain, adhesions, life-threatening infections, and costly revision procedures:

  • R. Bard Hernia Mesh
  • Ethicon Physiomesh
  • Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh
  • Covidien Parietex Mesh

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Dozens of hernia mesh products have been associated with severe complications from hernia recurrence, bowel obstructions, severe pain, adhesions, life-threatening infections, and costly revision procedures:

  • R. Bard Hernia Mesh
  • Ethicon Physiomesh
  • Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh
  • Covidien Parietex Mesh

Call our dedicated hernia mesh attorneys today for your free legal consultation.

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Patients deserve justice after suffering horrific complications.

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Defective Mesh Removal At Center Of Hernia Litigation

Every year, tens of thousands of patients go back under the knife after learning that a previously implanted hernia mesh has failed, become a breeding ground for bacteria, or is migrating dangerously close to other internal organs.

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In recent years, a number of prominent device manufacturers have come under fire for marketing what many patients and experts believe are defective and dangerous hernia mesh products.  These manufacturers are currently facing thousands of product liability lawsuits, many of which have been spurred by a patient’s urgent need for revision surgery. Read more here.

Hernia Mesh: Is It Safe?

Surgical mesh products have been used to repair hernias for nearly a century.  While early inventions featured primarily metal components, innovations within the chemical industry during the 1930s, including synthetic polymers, provided surgeons with another choice, one that still guides medical practice today.  Most hernia mesh patches in use today are made from polypropylene, a form of plastic.

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Searching for additional benefits, many manufacturers coat bare plastic meshes in layers of other chemical substances, believing that these new layers can significantly reduce the risk for device complications and failure.

The introduction of synthetic polymers has allowed manufacturers to create absorbable mesh patches, which support the muscle wall for a limited amount of time and then are assimilated by the patient’s body tissues.

Why Mesh Repairs Often Fail

The basic idea behind hernia mesh is simple.  Hernias occur when a part of the muscle wall inside the body becomes weak or damaged, allowing portions of the internal organs to poke through.  Hernias are known to occur throughout the body but are most likely to occur in the groin or abdomen.  Fixing the problem is also pretty simple, at least in theory.  After creating incisions surgeons work to return the organs and other body tissues that have emerged into their proper place, then close the wound.

Unfortunately, hernia repairs have a high rate of recurrence.  Since the muscle wall itself is weakened, it can re-open, forcing a patient to have to live through the entire ordeal again.

Hernia mesh was designed to reduce the risk of recurrence, the Food & Drug Administration reports. By applying a patch to the area of weakened muscle, surgeons hope to strengthen the wall from the forces exerted by normal activity, reinforcing their efforts.

Hernia Mesh Complications On The Rise

Over 90% of the hernia repair surgeries performed today include the use of a mesh product.  Unfortunately, implanting a foreign substance into a patient’s body oftentimes results in severe complications requiring additional operations.  Researchers have found that patients receiving a number of hernia mesh products have experienced extreme complications necessitating the need to undergo additional surgeries.

Revision Procedures: Considerations & Risks

Revisions procedures can work in the same way as the initial implantation, but often time require longer operating and recovery times, while carrying a much higher risk of complication.  The logic is fundamentally the same, but with the added step of removing the initial mesh and replacing it with a new one.

Partial Revision vs. Complete Removal

Some surgeons are wary of removing a mesh implant entirely, usually because the patch has begun to "erode" into surrounding body tissues, essentially eating away at organs over time. In these difficult situations, doctors often opt to perform a partial revision procedure, in which the mesh is trimmed or cut to create space for damaged internal tissues to heal.

Multiple Revisions: A Cycle Of Failed Removals

However, partial revisions have been criticized for leaving portions of mesh behind and, worse, allowing the remaining pieces of patch to fray and degrade further inside the body. It's not uncommon for patients to undergo multiple revision procedures, as doctors struggle to locate mesh pieces that a previous surgeon failed to remove.

In a 2013 court case, a woman won $11.1 million after telling jurors that she had been forced to undergo eighteen unsuccessful revision procedures to remove her Ethicon Prolift vaginal mesh.

Surgeons can also struggle to deal with the complications created by the original patch. In many cases, scar tissue has grown up around the mesh; surgeons will need to remove this scar tissue carefully, without damaging internal organs or severing a vital nerve. Alongside this general consideration, some patients will be found to have suffered internal organ perforations due to their failed mesh, problems that must be dealt with either in a single lengthy procedure or in multiple subsequent surgeries.

Some Hernia Products May Increase Risk For Revision

Some hernia mesh products work better than others. In fact, several products have been associated with a higher risk of complication than one would expect for surgeries in which mesh isn't used at all.

Ethicon's Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, designed for use in laparoscopic procedures, is first on the list. The product was recalled in 2016, after medical studies found that Physiomesh patients experience far higher rates of hernia recurrence and revision than people who receive competitor products. In short, Physiomesh appears to cause the very problems that hernia mesh is designed to prevent.

And C.R. Bard, a medical device manufacturer in Rhode Island, has been accused of releasing numerous defective hernia mesh patches onto the market.

Litigation Mounts Over Removal Surgery Damages

Rosen Injury Lawyers are currently investigating claims of patients who experienced complications after undergoing hernia surgery involving mesh implants from a number of manufacturers.  If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries after undergoing hernia surgery, please contact us.  Our team of hernia mesh attorneys are waiting to speak with you.   

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