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Hernia Mesh: Kugel, Physiomesh, Sepramesh and Ventralex Risks, Complications & Lawsuits

What is Hernia Mesh?

The hernia mesh is a medical product used to treat some hernias.

Although it has vastly improved the quality of life of many people in the United States, the implant procedures and design aspects of the device have lead to serious complications in some patients.

Lawsuits have been filed against makers, seeking compensation for injuries caused by the device. Our legal team is currently investigating and gathering information about these cases.

How To File A Surgical Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

What is the Hernia Mesh Used For?

Hernia meshes are mainly used to treat a hernia, which occurs when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

The majority of surgical mesh devices available for use are constructed from synthetic materials. Surgical mesh made of synthetic materials can be found in knitted mesh or non-knitted sheet forms. The synthetic materials used can be absorbable, non-absorbable or a combination of absorbable and non-absorbable.

Non-absorbable mesh will remain in the body indefinitely and is considered a permanent implant. It is used to provide permanent reinforcement to the repaired hernia. Absorbable mesh will degrade and lose strength over time. It is not intended to provide long-term reinforcement to the repair site. As the material degrades, new tissue growth is intended to provide strength to the repair. According to the FDA’s analysis of medical adverse events recalled mesh products and said that the main cause was due to bowel perforation and obstruction complications.

Types of Hernia Mesh

There are a number of brands made by a few different manufacturers.

BrandMaker
Kugel Hernia PatchC.R. Bard
PhysiomeshEthicon
Sepramesh IP CompositeC.R. Bard
VentralexC.R. Bard

 

What are the Criteria for Filing a Physiomesh Lawsuit?

Intended for hernia repair, Physiomesh is a flexible polypropylene mesh designed to reinforce the abdominal wall, preventing future hernias from occurring.

Though there are several types of hernias, most occur when an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot in abdominal muscles.

The condition often requires surgery where mesh, like Physiomesh, which is intended for laparoscopic use, is used to fill in a hole in the abdominal muscle or laid over or under it to prevent any further protrusions.

Independent studies have found Physiomesh to lead to high rates of complications including hernia reoccurrence, organ perforation, mesh migration, sepsis and even death.

In May 2016, Ethicon issued a market withdrawal of Physiomesh in the U.S. and recalled the product in Europe and Australia.

We are currently investigating cases involving serious injury or death as a result of Ethicon’s Physiomesh.

Hernia Mesh Complications & Problems

Although implants have helped improve the quality of life in many patients, there have been serious complications and adverse side effects associated with these devices. Many products contain a type of plastic known as polypropylene — the same material that is used to make many types of pelvic mesh and bladder slings.

These complications have been so serious to some that legal action has been taken.

According to the FDA, complications that may be caused by failure of the mesh to function as intended may include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction

Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction).

Hernia Mesh & Ventral Hernia Repair Lawsuits

Our attorneys have uncovered design defects in a large number of products. The defects can lead to several painful complications, including — but not limited to:

  • Infection, including sepsis
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Sweating
  • Adhesions
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Constipation
  • Dental Problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fistula
  • Joint Aches and Pain
  • Leg, Groin, and Testicular Pain
  • Liver Abnormalities
  • Meshoma
  • Nausea
  • Neurological Changes
  • Pain with Sex (Dyspareunia)
  • Rashes
  • Renal Failure
  • Seroma
  • Severe Headaches
  • Testicle Removal

Hernia Mesh: Lawsuits, Settlements, Case Results

C.R. Bard has offered a $184 million settlement to 3,000 Kugel hernia patch-implanted patients. Plaintiff Christopher Thorpe was awarded $1.5 million in the first Kugel settlement.

Ethicon voluntarily withdrew its physiomesh products in May 2016 due to higher-than-average recurrence and reoperation. Numerous cases have been filed against Ethicon becaue of Physiomesh, including in federal courts in Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts. And Ethicon had to pay $3.35 million in a transvaginal mesh case in 2013.

C.R. Bard also gave out a $5.5 million settlement to an individual in Bakersfield, Calif., and a $2 million settlement to an individual in Charleston, W.V., for its transvaginal mesh.

What’s the Criteria for Filing A Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Both patients and their families are seeking compensation for injuries sustained.

You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed. Below is the current criteria that is taken into consideration when filing a hernia mesh lawsuit:

1. Client had ventral hernia repair.
2. Hernia patch was implanted between 2006 and May 25, 2016.
3. Accepting cases if claimant has suffered:

• Additional surgeries to treat a hernia recurrence
• Additional surgeries to treat a mesh related failure or injury
• Adhesions
• Bacterial infections
• Hernia recurrence
• Mesh migration
• Obstructions
• Pain
• Swelling

Can I File A Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Our lawyers can help if you or someone you care about contracted hernia recurrence as a result of a faulty implantation.

Our top case lawyers are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Our No-Fee Promise On Hernia Mesh Cases

You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. If you choose us, it literally costs you nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to get started
  • We pay all case costs and expenses
  • No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a hernia patch settlement
  • Phone calls are always free

How Do I Start A Hernia Mesh Claim?

Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have a claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing hernia mesh lawsuit claims.

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Hernia Mesh News – Lawsuits, Settlements, Information

View Sources

  1. Transvaginal mesh complications: Get the facts – Mayo Clinic
  2. Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants – FDA
  3. Public Health Notification – FDA
  4. Coloplast Said to Pay $16 Million to Settle Mesh Lawsuits
  5. Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants

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