Hernia mesh is used to reinforce a patient’s weakened tissue, helping it heal from a hernia. Unfortunately, several types of surgical mesh have been recalled due to symptoms and complications some patients have experienced. If you or a loved one has suffered complications from hernia mesh, our team is here to help. Pope McGlamry has extensive experience handling defective medical device lawsuits and we can help win your case.
What is a hernia and what causes them?
A hernia happens when an organ, particularly the intestine, or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot or hole in the muscle or connective tissue surrounding it.
Hernias frequently happen around the abdominal wall. They can be caused by increased pressure in the abdominal area, overuse of muscles, morbid obesity, picking up heavy objects, prolonged or frequent bouts of coughing or sneezing, constipation or smoking.
Symptoms can include a bulge in the area where the hernia occurs, severe pain, especially when bending, lifting or straining, acid re-flux, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and constipation or blood in the stool.
How are hernias treated?
Hernias are treated by either incision or laparoscopic surgery, to reinsert the protruding organ or tissue and close the hole or weak spot. Sometimes surgical mesh is inserted to reinforce the area.
Defective Hernia Mesh
Surgical meshes, or hernia meshes, are medical devices designed to add support to damaged or weakened tissue. They are made of sheets of synthetic material, or sometimes animal tissue, that ‘patch up’ the flaw and provide reinforcement. They are used in a variety of surgical procedures, including hernia repair. However, surgical mesh has been known to cause as much damage as it fixes.
Symptoms and complications of a defective hernia mesh include:
- Chronic pain
- Intestinal fistulae (a leak of gastric fluids out of the intestine)
- Seroma (a collection of fluid around the hernia area)
- Migration of the surgical mesh
- Rejection of the mesh by the body
- Organ perforation
- Forming of Fistulas
- Rash on the abdomen and other body parts
- The ring that holds the mesh in place after insertion can also weaken and break, causing internal damage.
Types of hernia mesh devices
Several brands of surgical mesh have been recalled due to the symptoms and complications some patients have experienced, that later led to additional repair surgeries. Some of these defective devices include:
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite
- Atrium C-Qur
- Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch
Contact Pope McGlamry
Hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed and further investigations are ongoing to uncover all potential complications of these hernia mesh devices. If you or a loved one has suffered symptoms or complications due to the implantation of a hernia mesh, please call Pope McGlamry at 877-285-7656 for a free consultation with our experienced legal team.