Hernias are caused by pressure on an opening or weakness in muscle tissues and can affect men, women and children of all ages. The majority of hernias occur in the abdominal or groin area and can be treated both surgically and non-surgically. Hernia repairs are common in the United States, and according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over one million hernias are surgically repaired each year.
In many cases, hernia mesh (also known as surgical mesh) is used to repair a hernia. Hernia mesh is a sheet of loosely woven material (synthetic or animal tissue) used to provide extra support to weakened or damaged tissue following hernia surgery. Hernia mesh is often used to improve patient outcomes and to reduce recovery time for the patient.
Although hernia mesh and other types of surgical mesh implants are frequently used to repair hernias, some devices have been allegedly linked to other serious health complications, including infection, bowel obstruction, fistula, hernia recurrence and the need for revision surgery.
Hernia mesh devices that have been reportedly linked to serious complications include:
- Atrium C-QUR
- Bard Composix
- Kugel Hernia Patch
- Ethicon Pysiomesh Flexible Composite
- Seprmesh IP Composite
With or without the use of hernia mesh, complications associated with hernia repair surgery can be serious. Serious health complications linked to hernia mesh and other similar devices include pain, infection, recurrence of hernia, adhesion, obstruction and perforation. Other adverse events can occur as well, such as mesh migration and mesh shrinkage.
Several product recalls have been issued due to complications reportedly linked to some hernia mesh implants. Those recalls include:
Bard Composix Kugel Mesh
Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh
Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh
In addition to product recalls involving hernia mesh implants, thousands of lawsuits have been filed alleging that some manufacturers failed to warn patients about the complications and risks reportedly linked to the devices. Complaints continue to pile up in federal courts across the United States, and thousands of lawsuits have already been filed against Bard, Ethicon, and Atrium.
Risks associated with hernia mesh can be serious. A personal injury lawyer specializing in hernia mesh litigation can help in a variety of ways. If you have been injured as a result of a hernia mesh or similar device, contact a personal injury attorney at the Linville Law Group today.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members of those who have died may also be eligible to recover compensation for damages, including funeral expenses and the pain of losing a loved one.
Our law firm can offer you a free, confidential consultation. If we determine that you have a legal claim, you can choose our firm to help you pursue that claim in court on your behalf.
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