Defective Hernia Mesh Litigation Update

 
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Hernis Mesh Litigation

Hernia surgeries are quite common in the United States. It is estimated that almost a million hernia surgeries performed every year.  Hernia is a condition that occurs in both men and women when an organ, intestine, and/or tissue squeezes through a hole or weak point in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

Different types of hernias include:

  • Incisional Hernia: At an old surgical incision site.
  • Umbilical Hernia: On or around the Navel/belly button.
  • Inguinal Hernia: Inner groin area.
  • Femoral Hernia: High in the thigh.
  • Hiatal Hernia: Above Stomach Area.

Hernia of the abdomen, generally occurring in the inguinal canal which is the inner groin area, is the most common compared to other hernias such as Supravesical hernias, Lumbar hernias, Sciatic hernias, and Obturator hernias.

Hernia repair surgeries are performed to reinforce the area where the hernia is protruding by implanting a mesh. Various types of hernia repair mesh devices like patches, mesh sheets and woven mesh are available. The material used to manufacture these devices could be either natural tissues such as animal skin/intestines or synthetic materials such as polypropylene, a type of plastic. These mesh products are classified as absorbable and nonabsorbable. Once implanted, these mesh products are intended to facilitate healing and provide permanent support to the weak hernial sites.

Investigations are underway and lawsuits are being filed against certain hernia mesh manufacturers because their products failed at a higher than expected rate and have been linked to a range of injuries including: recurrence of hernia, infections, bowel obstruction, scar tissue, perforation and chronic pain.

Here is a list of the hernia mesh products currently under investigation:

Hernia Mesh Product Names

Manufacturers/Marketers

C-Qur Mesh

Atrium – Maquet – Getinge Group

Physiomesh

Ethicon – Johnson and Johnson

Proceed Ventral Patch

Kugel Hernia Patch

 

Davol – C.R. Bard

 

3DMax Mesh

PerFix Plug

Ventralex ST Hernia Patch

Sanofi Genzyme / Davol – C.R. Bard

Parietex Composite Mesh

 

Covidien – Medtronic

 

Surgipro

Parietex Plug and Patch System

 

Patients have reported severe injuries including organ perforation and recurrence of hernia. Recent studies have revealed erosion of the mesh implants due to the use of unsuitable materials indicating design defects. In some instances, in spite of the mesh causing severe pain, it could not be surgically excised as it was embedded in the walls of the abdomen leading to further agony and no recourse.

Few of the above mentioned mesh products have been either discontinued or recalled by the manufacturers. It can be predicted based on the sheer volume of hernia surgeries performed so far that the overall pool of people filing litigations would be vast. As indications for hernia mesh implant are diverse, the corresponding injuries along with the associated complications are complex and interlinked. Litigations such as these will require an expert review to identify the product implanted and ascertain the proof of injury from the voluminous medical records, operative and postoperative reports.

This article was submitted by Neural IT. Neural IT provides cost effective and timely medical reviews for screening potential mass tort cases. For more information, please visit www.neuralit.com. You may email us at info@neuralit.com or call +1-844-NIT-TEAM (648-8326). 

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