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Hernia mesh is a net-like surgical device constructed of natural or synthetic material, primarily plastics. It is used in hernia surgery to stabilize and provide additional support to damaged tissue and to promote healing. There are two types of mesh: absorbable and nonabsorbable. When non-absorbable hernia mesh is used, it is generally planned to be a permanent implant used to provide reinforcement to the repaired hernia; absorbable mesh degrades over time and provides temporary support while new tissue grows.
There are more than 800,000 hernia repair surgeries each year in the U.S., and hernia mesh is used in roughly 90% of all cases. Over the last few years, thousands of hernia patients have experienced severe side effects or complications as a result of the use of some brands of hernia mesh during their repair surgery.
Have you or a loved one ever suffered from a hernia? Sadly, they are a common condition. This mesh has caused many treatments to fail and require reconstructive surgery. Hernia mesh manufacturers including C.R. Bard; Covidien/Medtronic; Atrium Medical and Ethicon, a branch of Johnson & Johnson that makes medical devices, may be facing more than 50,000 lawsuits for injuries caused by their devices.
Some post-surgical complications that have been directly related to surgical mesh are:
These are just a few of the conditions that have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) here in the United States.
Did you have complications from hernia mesh surgery? Some types of surgical mesh have been taken off the market including Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-Qur. If you had a mesh used during your surgery that has since been recalled, you have a hernia mesh case. Call our Personal Injury team today at 877-526-3457 for a free consultation to be sure.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law