A hernia mesh is a surgical implant made of synthetic plastic fibers used to support damaged tissue around hernias and help it heal after surgery. In about 90% of hernia surgeries, doctors employ hernia mesh to aid the recovery process, but a number of allegations and lawsuits have surfaced that claim hernia mesh may cause more damage than it’s worth. Oftentimes, if a patient experiences complications because of their hernia mesh implant, another surgery is required to correct the problem or remove the mesh.
The hernia mesh is implanted on and around the damaged hernia tissue with staples, stitches, or glue. The mesh quality of the medical device allows the tissue to grow in and around it as it heals and is meant to lower the risk of a recurring hernia.
According to the FDA, the most common complications associated with hernia mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction. In more severe cases, patients reported sepsis, punctured abdominal organs, peritonitis, abscesses, and abdominal wall tears.
The majority of these mesh complications were caused by recalled mesh. Over the past 15 years, the FDA has recalled a number of different manufacturers’ hernia mesh, and many manufacturers issued voluntary recalls. Some examples include:
You can find more information about recalled mesh here.
Because so many patients have been adversely affected by hernia mesh, there have been a number of class-action lawsuits filed against the manufacturers. If your hernia mesh was implanted after January 1, 2008, and you had or have scheduled a hernia mesh repair surgery, you are likely qualified to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have experienced adverse side effects caused by a hernia mesh implant, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have the experience necessary to hold medical device manufacturers accountable when their devices cause people harm. Our team will seek full and fair compensation to help you pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other losses. Call us at (347) 318-9604 to discuss your rights and legal options today.
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