Hernia Mesh

Holding the makers of dangerous hernia mesh implants accountable

Hernia mesh is a screen-like medical device used by doctors to provide additional support to a patient’s weakened or damaged muscle tissue. Most surgical mesh is made from synthetic materials and is considered to be a permanent medical device implant. However, some patients have suffered from bowel perforation, obstruction, and other injuries after receiving a hernia mesh implant. As a result, many of these patients have needed to endure revision surgery to correct the problem. If you’ve been injured by hernia mesh, you may be entitled to compensation.

Waters Kraus & Paul has been representing people injured by dangerous products for over 20 years. Contact our hernia mesh lawyers at 1.800.226.9880 to see how we can help you.

A hernia occurs when an internal organ or fatty tissue protrudes through weakened muscle tissue. Most hernias occur within the abdominal cavity, between the chest and the pelvic region, affecting both men and women. Hernias are caused by a combination of pressure from physical activities, such as lifting a heavy weight, and weak abdominal muscles. Once you get a hernia, you are susceptible to a recurrence of the injury.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hernia mesh is often used by surgeons to strengthen the hernia repair and reduce the rate of hernia recurrence. The FDA also reports an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs by 2,000 since the 1980s. Unfortunately, the FDA has also issued several hernia mesh recalls due to the number of reported adverse events since 2005. Depending on the severity of the complication, the patient’s surgeon may decide to perform a revision surgery to remove the mesh implant.

Recovery from hernia repair surgery can vary, but the patient should feel relatively better than just before the surgery. Nevertheless, the FDA has received hundreds of reports of adverse events following surgeries involving hernia mesh. Reported complications include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
  • Blockage of the large or small intestine (obstruction)
  • Bleeding
  • Abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines (fistula)
  • Fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma)
  • A hole in neighboring tissues or organs (perforation)
  • Migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction)

In addition to the complications above, the memory-recoil ring in some mesh hernia patches, such as Kugel mesh, have also proven to be unsafe. The memory-recoil allows a surgeon to fold the mesh in half when it is implanted. After implantation, the patch then springs back into place over the hernia. The ring is prone to breaking and can cause serious medical problems, including bowel obstruction, bowel perforation and chronic enteric fistulas. The FDA has received numerous reports of patients who were injured or died as a result of problems with mesh hernia patches. Since 2005, mesh hernia patches have been subject to at least three recalls by medical device makers and the FDA.

The most serious complications or adverse events occurring after hernia mesh surgery can range from severely painful at the very least to life-threatening at the worst and may require revision surgery. However, before considering any surgical procedure or starting any new treatments, it is important that you first speak with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can explore the best options for you and your specific medical needs.

How Waters Kraus & Paul can help you

Waters Kraus & Paul has a national reputation, a wealth of experience, and for over 20 years has been representing clients injured by dangerous products and unsafe medical devices. We treat our clients with the utmost compassion while aggressively representing their case. Our clients aren’t just case numbers, they are real people dealing with the biggest issues they will ever face. We stand with them, however long and whatever it takes, until justice is done. To learn more about Waters Kraus & Paul, or to have one of our medical device lawyers review your potential hernia mesh case, contact us by email or call 800.226.9880.

Physical Injuries Caused by Hernia Mesh:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Adhesion of tissue
  • Obstruction of large or small intestine
  • Bleeding
  • Abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines (fistula)
  • Seroma
  • Perforation
  • Complications of mesh migration and contraction

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