Hernia mesh can be effective in supporting damaged tissue and repairing a hernia. It can also prevent the recurrence of hernias. However, specific hernia mesh contains defects that have resulted in injuries and medical complications in patients throughout the country.
Many people require corrective surgery to repair the damage caused by defective hernia mesh. Negligent manufacturers, such as Atrium Medical, knew about the dangers of their products but hid the potential adverse effects from doctors and patients.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a surgical implant used to repair a hernia. These implants are available in three forms:
- Sheets – Doctors can customize a sheet to support the hernia in a specific patient.
- Patches – Surgeons can place a patch over or under the damaged tissue needing support to heal.
- Plugs – The doctor can insert a plug into the hole of the damaged tissue.
Three different materials are also available for hernia mesh. They include:
- Biologic – A biologic device is comprised of materials, such as pig intestines, pigskin, or a cow heart.
- Synthetic – Synthetic materials, such as polypropylene or polyester, make up synthetic hernia mesh.
- Composite – A composite mesh implant combines synthetic and biologic materials.
The doctor inserts the mesh around the area of the hernia to provide support so the damage can heal. The doctor can use stitches, staples, or glue to hold it in place. Hernia mesh can degrade over time or stay in the body permanently to continue to provide the support necessary to facilitate healing and prevent the hernia from returning.
Common Risks Associated with Hernia Mesh
A number of injuries and medical issues have been reported in patients with a hernia mesh implant. The defects prevent the device from providing the necessary support to the hernia, which prevents the damaged tissue from healing and stops new tissue development.
Ineffective hernia mesh can result in serious injuries and complications, such as:
- Adhesion – Scar tissue around the implant can cause the mesh to stick to nearby organs or tissue.
- Migration – Migration occurs when the hernia mesh moves from the original implantation site to another location in the body.
- Bowel obstruction – If the mesh adheres or migrates to a different part of the body, it could prevent the bowels from functioning normally, leading to diarrhea and constipation.
- Seromas – A seroma involves fluid buildup underneath the skin at the site of the incision.
- Abdominal pain – Nerve damage, infection, bowel obstruction, or adhesion can result from repairing a hernia in the abdominal cavity, causing pain.
- Infections – Defective hernia mesh can cause infection and eventually lead to sepsis if left untreated.
- Cancer – Chronic inflammation and infection of the incision site or area of the hernia can cause cancer to form.
- Erosion – The mesh can degrade in the body from the immune system attacking it.
- Recurrence – It’s often necessary to undergo additional surgeries for a hernia that comes back even after implanting a hernia mesh.
- Perforation – The mesh can shrink, erode, or migrate if the doctor punctures tissue or an organ during implantation.
Recalled Hernia Mesh
Multiple companies recalled their hernia mesh products due to defects that resulted in hernia recurrence, damaged tissue, and additional injuries and complications.
The specific hernia mesh withdrawn from the market includes:
- Prolite UltraQ
- Parietex ProGrip
- Parietex Flat
- Parietex Compositive
- Parietex Hydrophilic
- Parietex Lightweight
C.R. Bard Inc.
- Surgical Graft
- XenMatrix Surgical Graft
- Sepramesh IP Composite
- Bard Mesh Sheets
- MK Patch
- Ultrapure Advanced
- FlexHD Structural
- XCM Biologic
Compensation Available for a Defective Hernia Mesh
You have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible for the injury or illness you suffered.
When you file a lawsuit, the compensation you receive could compensate you for the losses you suffered, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
You could also receive punitive damages if your case meets the requirements below:
- The manufacturer displayed malice, fraud, or willful or wanton conduct that contributed to your injury; and
- The manufacturer is liable for the losses you suffered.
Find Out Whether You’re Eligible for a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
If you sustained an injury or medical complication from a hernia mesh defect, do not hesitate to contact DeMayo Law Offices, LLP. One of our defective product lawyers can discuss your case during a free consultation and advise you about your available legal options.
Call us at (877) 333-1000 right now and let us help you get on the road to recovery.
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