A hernia is a common condition that occurs when fatty tissue or an organ squeezes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Hernias can occur in different parts of the body. In some cases, hernias are treated with the use of surgical mesh. Now it has been discovered that hernia mesh can be dangerous to some patients.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a sheet, patch, or plug of a surgical mesh material that is used to provide additional support to weakened tissue. Mesh is typically made from synthetic materials that can be either absorbable or non-absorbable. The non-absorbable mesh is a permanent implant that provides support to the repaired hernia. Absorbable mesh degrades over time and provides temporary support while new tissue grows.
Dangers of Hernia Mesh
Thousands of patients may have experienced severe side effects or complications as a result of the use of hernia mesh. Some of these complications include:
- Severe chronic pain
- Mesh failure
- Tissue fusion
- Bowel blockage
- Mesh migration
- Organ perforation
- Mesh shrinkage
Some of these complications have resulted in patients requiring further surgery to repair the damage. Additional surgeries put patients at additional risk of complications and required extensive recovery time.
Beginning in the early 2000s, manufacturers of hernia mesh, including Atrium, Bard, and Ethicon, became aware of some of the complications associated with the use of the mesh. Yet the use of mesh continued to grow. Thousands of reports of problems were received by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A clinical study showed a higher than normal rate of revision surgeries. As a result, a number of hernia mesh products were taken off the market. However, many of these products are still used in hernia repair surgeries today, and manufacturers of mesh devices are facing lawsuits for injuries caused by their use.
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney
If you’ve suffered complications as the result of mesh, you should have an experienced product liability attorney evaluate your case for free. Gregg Goldfarb has over 20 years of experience helping the victims of dangerous products. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.