Approximately 500,000 hernia surgeries are performed every year in the United States. However, if you or a loved one has had any device implanted into your body used to repair your hernia, you should be aware of the problems many other patients are experiencing after having hernia mesh implanted in their bodies.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers work hard to recover compensation for patients who’ve experienced complications after having hernia mesh implanted in them to repair their hernias.
What Are Hernias?
Hernias can occur in the wall of your abdomen and are referred to as a ventral or abdominal hernia.
An incisional hernia occurs when a hernia develops at the incision site of a previous operation you had.
If your hernia develops in your groin area, this is referred to as an inguinal hernia.
Hernias that develop where your stomach and esophagus meet in your body is called a hiatal hernia.
There are a few specific products that are generally used in hernia repair surgery. Unfortunately, many of them have come under scrutiny due to side effects and complications that occur with many patients.
How Are Devices Used in a to Repair a Hernia?
Hernias are repaired in many ways. Gore Medical, Ethicon, and Davol are all manufacturers that have produced various devices used in the repair of hernias.
These products fall into one of two groups: biologic and synthetic.
Synthetic Devices are human-made products generally made of polyester filaments, polypropylene, composites, or ePTFE membranes.
Biologic devices may be comprised of human tissue such as cadaver skin or pigskin.
What Are the Complications Caused by Hernia Mesh Products?
Patients have reported the following injuries caused by hernia mesh implants:
- Abdominal Ulcers
- Allergic Reactions
- Bowel Obstructions
- Erosion or failure of the hernia mesh product
- Fistulas in the intestines
- Perforations of internal organs
- Renal Failure
The injuries being caused by the hernia mesh products show up in specific mesh products that include:
- Atrium C-Qur: The Food and Drug Administration permanently stopped this particular device because they demanded the production of this specific product was to be halted.
- Bard Ventralex ST:This is a synthetic hernia mesh product produced by Bard. One of the main problems is that the transvaginal mesh did come with FDA warnings, but this product doesn’t have any signs at this time.
- Ethicon Physlomesh: In several studies, this product had significantly higher than average reports of hernias reoccurring. The manufacturer voluntarily removed this product from the market.
What’s Involved in the Lawsuits that Involve Physiomesh?
Currently, there are approximately three different lawsuits that have been filed against Pphysiomesh in the United States Federal Court. The product produced by Ethicon has been taken off the market. Ethicon has made claims that they didn’t have their product recalled, but in May of 2016, it was pulled from the marketplace.
Many studies have shown a higher than average amount of complications in patients that were implanted with Physiomesh to repair their hernias. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was overwhelmed with multiple lawsuits involving Physiomesh.
Are There Complications With Physiomesh?
Several studies have shown there is a direct link between Physiomesh and severe complications including seromas. Seromas are pockets of fluid that develop in a person’s body after:
- Bowel obstructions
- Other failures of the device that could result in you being seriously injured or die
Because Physiomesh is so weak, patients who have this product implanted in their bodies may have to undergo another surgery to repair tears or stabilize the mesh because it became loose.
How Do I Know if I Have a Claim Against a Hernia Device Manufacturer?
Hernia mesh surgeries, like most other types of operations, don’t come with a guarantee that the problem will be successfully resolved. However, if your hernia mesh device implanted in your body malfunctions, and this resulted in another surgery, you could have a claim for product liability against the manufacturer.
It’s vital that you know what device was used to repair your hernia. To find out what hernia mesh product was used, you can contact your surgeon or the hospital where you underwent surgery and request a copy of your medical records.
When you receive them, make sure there is a product number in your medical records. This product number can be used to identify exactly what hernia mesh product was implanted inside of you during your surgery.
Once you have that information you will need to have another doctor examine your injuries. They can determine that the hernia mesh product caused the damages you are suffering from, and if they believe the product was defective.
You and your Georgia injury attorney will have to show that a defective product either directly or indirectly caused your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered side effects or complications after having a hernia mesh implant, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
The Georgia attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can evaluate your case and protect your rights. It’s essential that you don’t wait to file your claim and offer free case evaluations.