Hernia Mesh Lawsuits – What You Need to Know
Our service provides information on what you need to know about hernia mesh lawsuits. People who have had challenges as a result of a hernia mesh and need medical assistance may consider filing a hernia mesh lawsuit to claim payment.
Over the last few years, some surgical mesh devices have been used to treat different kinds of hernias including umbilical, abdominal and small ventral conditions. The mesh devices made of materials like animal tissue and polypropylene plastic are designed to provide support for affected tissue and prevent the recurrence of a hernia.
The hernia mesh is supposed to provide a lasting solution to the repair area and speed up the recovery. However this is not always the case as many times, the implants used are sub-standard and have caused a significant number of complications. The difficulties have led to several surgical ligation cases, hernia mesh lawsuits and mesh recall across the country.
Why Learning About Hernia Mesh is Important
Some manufacturers including Ethicon and Atrium Medical Corporation, have been accused of making substandard defective mesh devices. These products caused infections, organ perforation, and other serious life injuries. There is a docket in federal court for Atrium C-Qur Mesh products. The docket claims that the company failed to make a recall on a fatal product released despite being aware of the problems the mesh devices had.
Hernia Mesh manufacturers continue to sell products as they are profitable despite being proven defective. The FDA currently allows the products to be sold before they have been tested thoroughly, a move which helps manufacturers to fast track the sale of their products but has severe consequences on consumers. Despite fast-tracking the approval of hernia mesh products, the FDA has taken its time when dealing with defective mesh products. The delays have resulted in multiple hernia mesh lawsuits, many injuries and constant recalls across the country.
Manufacturers are aware of the dangers of their products, but they do not warn the general public. It is important to learn as much as you can about the hernia mesh and share your findings with your loved ones. Over 100,000 mesh products are implanted in the US annually. Most of the meshes that have proven to be fatal continue to being sold every day and as yet have not been recalled.
Why Does Hernia Mesh Cause So Many Complications?
There are some reasons why complications arise from hernia mesh implants. The majority of complications result primarily from the materials used to make the products. Polypropylene is used in most mesh products. It is the same material that used in the manufacturing of bladder slings and pelvic mesh. Despite this, many manufacturers continue to use polypropylene for their products.
Should Hernia Mesh Ever Be Used?
In some cases, hernia repair requires some mesh products and the quantity and type of mesh required is dependent on the size of a hernia. There are over 50 types of polypropylene available. However, it is not safe to use as an implant in the body. And because of this, most manufacturers make use of a variety of materials to make hernia mesh. These materials range from pig skin or gels to plastics.
Alternatives Treatment Methods
● Desarda Repair: A suture only repairs using multiple layers of fascia.
● Bassini Repair: A suture inguinal hernia repair that preserves the spermatic cord.
● McVay Repair: Abdominal tendons sutured to the inguinal ligament.
● Shouldice Repair: A two-layer suture only hernia repair utilizing the patient’s fascia and muscle. Shouldice technique has previously been used by surgeons in the repair of a hernia before the mesh method came into play.
This Shouldice technique was first employed in Ontario, Canada, at the Shouldice Hospital to be precise, hence the name. This hospital has maintained this method, and for over 70 years, they have maintained a 99.5% success rate. The success rate is far better than that of any hospital that uses mesh products for hernia treatment. As expected, the process still requires the traditional sedative, sutures, pain medication, pain medication and local anesthetics. Risks associated with surgery reduce when there isn’t a total reliance on general Anastasia. In our opinion, we believe doctors in the country have to start learning the Shouldice technique while still in residency.
What is the FDA’s Opinion on Hernia Mesh?
The FDA released an article sometime in April 2016 on hernia surgical implants. Sadly, after going through the article, it became evident that the FDA either do not know how dangerous products are or they know and do not want to educate the public properly. According to the article, the FDA is quoted as saying:
“The majority of the issues brought before the FDA regarding recalled mesh products that have for a while been unavailable in the markets. Some of the more common complications associated with recalled mesh include perforation, obstruction, adhesion, recurrence, and infection pain. Even the FDA in its paper stated that bowel perforation and obstruction are complications caused by mesh products.”
Ethicon, manufacturers of Physiomesh and a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, removed their mesh products just a month later. Up till today, there is no information on its recall on the FDA website. Ethicon, on the other hand, keeps denying that the hernia mesh recall, played a part in their decision making as regards Physiomesh. Very few mesh products were recalled which is why several lawsuits have been filed. Most of the complaints are on products that have been removed from the market and or those that haven’t been recalled yet.
Should Mesh Be Implanted All the Time?
Experienced surgeons don’t need mesh products to repair small hernias such as the ones caused by laparoscopic surgery. They make use of the sutures technique. A hernia has a high rate of recurrence and is hard to permanently get rid of hence the high failure rate and constant hernia mesh lawsuits. Surgeons usually try to stitch a hernia back up whenever a mesh fails, and the hernia comes back. In most cases, there is an increase in size and the severity of a hernia after mesh failure. Muscles and intestinal tissue, usually adhere to the mesh and must not be left behind when removing the mesh.
Types of Hernias
● Bilateral: Both left and right sides.
● Recurrent: Previous hernia site.
● Femoral: High in the thigh.
● Inguinal: Groin.
● Umbilical: Near the belly button.
● Incisional: At an old surgical incision.
How do the Manufacturers Convince Surgeons?
Manufacturers have paid to have some medical studies conducted that support the use of hernia mesh implants. These studies show there is a lower rate of recurrence of a hernia when a mesh is surgically inserted. The studies are inconclusive though, as they failed to show how long patients were observed. Independent research indicates that these studies are not accurate as some patients have experienced complications after more than ten years of the implant.
Problems With Hernia Mesh
Hernia mesh products from several companies including Atrium, Kugel, C.R. Bard and Ethicon have been part of a series of lawsuits accusing companies of marketing products that are defective to increase their sales and profits. In one hernia mesh lawsuit case, the plaintiffs argued that the companies were aware of the defects and possibly life-threatening injuries that could occur when the Omega acid cover started peeling off within a patient’s body. In multiple cases, the companies did not warn the doctors or the general public. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has rules about the complications that can arise including mesh removal surgeries, extended hospital stay, and bowel resection operations.
Other problems that can result from surgery include:
* Obstruction of the small or large intestines
* Fistulas between organs and vessels
* Hernia re-occurrence
* Organ perforation
* Gastric ulcers
* Internal bleeding
* Complex seroma
* Nerve damage
Multiple studies and hernia mesh lawsuits have shown information on how painful these injuries can be. The health challenges that result from the malfunction also highlight the problem with the designs of the mesh products. Many lawsuits claim product makers should be held accountable for their total disregard of life and health. In addition to their misconduct in deceiving people in studies to increase their market potential.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Proceedings
Mesh product manufacturers should also be responsible for any financial loss that may have resulted from the defective hernia mesh products. This is particularly the case if the parties involved are found guilty of producing defective substandard products.
A hernia mesh lawsuit can be daunting to pursue. And the injuries and problems that result from a mesh complication are potentially hazardous to your well being and health. If you or someone you know has suffered from a severe hernia surgery, then you have an opportunity to file a hernia mesh lawsuit.
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