Since 2016, the Food and Drug Administration has been receiving reports of complications due to the use of hernia mesh implants in hernia repair surgery. The complications that were reported include pain, infection, recurrence of the hernia, adhesion of the mesh implant, bowel obstruction, and bowel perforation.
Current hernia mesh lawsuits claim the medical devices are defectively designed and the manufacturers failed to properly warn medical professionals of the serious complications and risk of device failure.
There are several manufacturers named in hernia mesh lawsuits including Atrium Medical Corporation, Covidien, C.R. Bard, Ethicon, Gore Medical, and Genzyme Corporation.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Harry S. Cohen & Associates have been obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for injured patients for more than 30 years. We can help you get the justice you deserve if you were injured by a defective device.
What is a hernia mesh implant?
Hernia mesh implants are often used to help strengthen the weakened or damaged muscle tissue and to reduce the recurrence of a hernia.
How is a hernia mesh implant used in surgery?
During a hernia repair surgery, the doctor will push the hernia back into the abdomen and close the incision. Hernia mesh is often attached to the abdominal wall during instead of using sutures to close the hole caused by the hernia. Done correctly, most patients recover in a few weeks.
Do I qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit?
Hernia mesh lawsuits may be filed when a patient suffers a failure of the mesh or adverse side effects because of the surgery. These side effects can often be serious, long-lasting, or even deadly.
What problems can hernia mesh cause?
Common side effects of a hernia mesh failure can include:
- Chronic pain throughout the body which affects the muscles and joints.
- Infection of the surgical site. Left untreated, sepsis can occur and be life-threatening.
- Recurrence of the hernia.
- Adhesion of the mesh to internal tissue.
- Bowel obstruction which can cause constipation or diarrhea.
- Perforation of internal organs which can lead to a partial bowl removal.
- Mesh failure which may require the removal of the mesh or additional mesh repair surgeries.
- Groin and testicular pain which can lead to the removal of a testicle.
- Migration of the hernia mesh to another part of the body.
- Seromas – a buildup of fluid at the surgical site that resembles a cyst.
- Fistulas – an abnormal connection between organs that may require surgery to repair.
Which hernia mesh implants have failed?
If you have received a hernia mesh implant from one of the following companies and have been injured as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering:
- Atrium Medical Corporation
- C.R. Bard
- Gore Medical
- Genzyme Corporation
Complications from a hernia mesh surgery may also be the result of a medical error made by the surgical team. Medical errors can include the failure to take a thorough medical history, damaging internal organs during surgery or incorrect postoperative care.
How can a hernia mesh lawyer help me?
At Harry S. Cohen & Associates, our hernia mesh attorneys represent victims of defective hernia mesh implants and work to recover financial compensation for the victims. We’ll review your case for free and determine if you have legal recourse. Call 1-800-MEDMAL1 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced hernia mesh attorney or contact us here.