Hernia Mesh Injuries
Hernias are a very frequent condition that, for many people, demands surgery to relieve the pain, discomfort, and other symptoms they experience daily. Unfortunately, some people who were sold a cure by having hernia mesh inserted to heal the hernia ended up with infections, mesh extraction, and more operations.
Mesh Isn’t Any Better Than Sutures
Hernias, which are bulges or rips in the abdominal wall that cause organs to protrude painfully from the body, have been treated with sutures for decades. However, mesh implants or shields became more common in recent years as part of hernia surgery to stabilize the hernia site after surgery.
Woven surgical materials made of synthetics such as gels or plastic-like polypropylene comprise these implants. They’re designed to stay in the body forever and aren’t intended to be taken out.
Hernia mesh implants are designed to prevent additional hernias by supporting surgical repairs with a thin, flexible mesh cover. Hernias are the most common side effect of suture surgery. When a hernia is particularly large, mesh implants may be recommended.
Mesh producers are making a lot of money off of their malfunctioning mesh products, especially since that mesh is used more frequently for hernia surgery. Every year, nearly 100,000 mesh implants are surgically implanted after hernia repairs. Because hernia mesh implants can cause intestinal blockages, severe infections, hernia recurrence, and other mesh injuries, many of them require follow-up surgery.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
Various manufacturers have announced hernia mesh recalls as a result of the numerous injuries caused by faulty mesh implants. Medical device makers may refer to them as “withdrawals” rather than the more ominous term “recall,” but the result is the same: pulling a dangerous product from the market. Despite this, numerous mesh items are still on the market, prompting additional mesh recalls.
C.R. Bard’s Kugel hernia mesh has been recalled, which is among the hernia mesh recalls. The Kugel hernia mesh, manufactured by C.R. Bard subsidiary Davol Inc., included a ring in the center to keep its form, but many of the rings broke down, resulting in bowel puncture. From 2005 to 2007, Bard recalled multiple batches of Kugel hernia mesh.
A “composite,” or coated, mesh called Physiomesh was withdrawn but not formally recalled. Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, created it. Physiomesh was removed from the market in 2016 due to concerns about a thick coating on the plastic-like polypropylene mesh implants, which might create issues and require additional hernia surgery.
Even if your hernia mesh implant has not been recalled by the manufacturer, you may still be able to file a hernia mesh lawsuit to get compensation for your injuries caused by the defective mesh.
Hernia Mesh Side Effects
Severe infections and intestinal perforation are two of the most severe hernia mesh adverse effects. Mesh implants can fail if they cause another hernia to develop.
A repeat of a hernia can be much worse than the original hernia. The second hernia must then be treated by further hernia surgery.
Polypropylene, which is used in a lot of hernia mesh, can harm human tissues. This is particularly the case when the mesh is placed deeper in the gut during laparoscopic surgery when the dangerous polypropylene can come into touch with the colon.
Other hernia mesh issues are induced by the coating that is put to certain polypropylene mesh to protect it from the unpleasant side effects of polypropylene. However, the US Food and Drug Administration swiftly authorized a covering for such “composite” mesh items, which can be dangerous and offers no true cure. Coated or composite mesh can cause greater problems and infections than non-coated hernia mesh.
The C-Qur composite mesh, which was first sold by Atrium and is currently offered by Maquet, is well notorious for its hazardous mesh side effects. Extreme allergic responses to the C-Omega-3 Qur’s Fatty Acid coating have been reported, as well as life-threatening systemic (whole-body) infections.
Hernia Mesh Erosion Injuries
Hernia mesh erosion, also known as “mesh extrusion” or “mesh exposure,” is another type of post-surgery injury. The mesh product crumbles or erodes in the body before attaching to the colon or, in rare cases, the stomach, causing serious abdominal pain.
When the eroding mesh clings to the bowel, it can cause bowel blockages, making it extremely difficult to defecate. This can cause a lot of suffering and requires a follow-up surgery, sometimes multiple procedures. Patients may stay weeks in the hospital, undergoing partial intestine removal or colostomies.
Following hernia surgery, parts of the abdominal tissues and muscles to which the eroded mesh has stuck may be removed. Systemic infections, such as sepsis, are another significant mesh erosion risk. Infections in the mouth and rotten teeth are two more issues. Mesh erosion adverse problems can lead even after mesh removal surgery for a deteriorated mesh product.
Additional Hernia Mesh Complications
Complications with hernia mesh might also include:
- Groin, leg, or testicular discomfort
- Renal failure, often known as kidney failure, occurs when the covering of a big mesh product is absorbed and puts stress on the kidneys.
- Aches and pains in the joints as a result of systemic inflammation produced by mesh infections, or as a result of an inflammatory response or autoimmune illness induced by hernia mesh.
- Dyspareunia, or discomfort during sexual activity, is a condition that affects males whose hernia mesh erodes into the spermatic cord, requiring testicle removal.
- Headaches that are unbearable or other neurological problems
Different types of hernias
The following are examples of hernias:
- Umbilical hernias, or belly button hernias, occur around the navel.
- Incisional hernias develop at the site of a prior surgical incision, which is not always done during hernia surgery.
- Hernias that recur in the same spot as a prior hernia
- Bilateral hernias, which are on the left and right sides of the thigh Femoral hernias, which are high in the thigh Femoral hernias, which are high in the thigh Femoral hernias, which are high in the thigh
- Ventral hernias occur when tissues protrude from a weakened abdominal wall via holes.
- When an intestine protrudes through weakening muscles in the groin area, it is called an inguinal hernia.
Hold Mesh Manufacturers Accountable
Manufacturers should be held responsible for hernia mesh faults, side effects, and failures. They are responsible for the injuries caused by their faulty hernia mesh products because of their carelessness, greed, and desire to put profits over public safety.
Hernia mesh lawsuits seek to compensate victims by compelling mesh manufacturers to pay them for their injuries — and mesh manufacturers have the financial ability to do just that. Hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh, and other mesh products are among the most profitable medical devices in the United States, with annual earnings surpassing $100 million.
Since manufacturers began producing purportedly safer coated or “composite” mesh to replace their destructive polypropylene mesh products, earnings have skyrocketed. Non-coated polypropylene mesh can command up to 20 times as much as composite mesh.
Your Hernia Mesh Lawyer Can Help
Your defective medical device lawyer can help you hold these companies accountable for hurting your family. Contact The Willis Law Firm about your hernia mesh implant injury immediately. We will aid you in selecting the best legal path for you and your family.
David P. Willis is board certified as a personal injury trial law specialist. Our attorneys in Houston assist patients and families around the United States, and we do it with unrivaled experience and success. Please call us at 713-654-4040 or 1-800-883-9858 if you or someone you care about has been injured by this dangerous medical device.