With more than one million hernia repairs performed each year in the US, surgeons regularly use surgical mesh to strengthen preservation efforts and reduce the rate of recurrence. It is a woven sheet which is used as either a permanent or temporary support for organs or other tissues during surgery. The mesh is created from both inorganic and biological materials and is used in a variety of surgeries.
Unfortunately, complications have been known to occur, such as chronic pain, infection, tissue adhesion, bowel obstruction, mesh relocation, hernia relapse, perforation, and multiple revision procedures. Victims from around the country are reporting similar issues from hernia mesh products that are currently on the market, including: Ethicon Physiomesh, Ethicon Proceed, Atrium C-QUR, C.R. Bard Kugel, Sepramesh, 3DMax, and PerFix.
Warning signs of these complications include:
If you notice any of these symptoms or others that seem concerning, seek medical assistance immediately. Several lawsuits are developing against the manufacturers of hernia mesh for contending substandard design along with failure to warn of recognized risks.
The most recent hernia mesh recall was made in May 2016 when Johnson & Johnson subordinate, Ethicon, issued an urgent safety notice recalling all Physiomesh. The company cautioned that two autonomous registries revealed a greater rate of hernia recurrence and reoperations for Physiomesh when compared to other similar mesh products. However, please note that hernia mesh litigations are not restricted to recalled products. Our attorneys are correspondingly reviewing mesh implants that are still being used in medical practice.
If you are unsure of the mesh product that was used in your procedure and have further questions about recovery, please contact your surgeon or the practice at which your surgery was performed to obtain the information from your medical records.