Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

The Kugel Hernia Patch and other types of hernia mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc. and their subsidiary Davol, have been associated with design defects that could cause severe and life-threatening complications after hernia surgery.

STATUS OF HERNIA PATCH LITIGATION: Over 2,000 hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed as a result of problems with the Kugel Patch mesh. The federal hernia mesh litigation has been consolidated in the United States District Court of the District of Rhode Island.


MANUFACTURER: C.R. Bard, Inc., and their subsidiary Davol, Inc.

LAWSUIT OVERVIEW: Kugel Hernia Mesh Patches are sold in a variety of sizes for repair of ventral or incisional hernias, which may develop at the site of prior surgical scars.

The Kugel Patch contains a memory recoil ring around the perimeter of the mesh which allows the doctor to fold it during the hernia repair. It is designed to spring open once in place to lay flat. However, design defects may cause the plastic ring to break, resulting in serious internal injury, such as:

  • Intestinal Pain
  • Bowel Perforation
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Additional Surgery
  • Death

KUGEL HERNIA PATCH RECALL: Bard has issued three separate Kugel Patch recalls involving different sizes of their hernia mesh. The recalls were issued in December 2005, March 2006 and January 2007, involving the following mesh products:

  • Bard Composix Kugel Extra Large Oval (8.7″ x 10.7″, 10.8″ x 13.7″, 7.7″ x 9.7″)
  • Bard Composix Kugel Oval (6.3″ x 12.3″)
  • Bard Composix Kugal Large Oval (5.4″ x 7.0″)
  • Bard Composix Kugel Large Circle (4.5″)

Approximately 750,000 Kugel Hernia Mesh Patches have been implanted annually throughout the United States.

OTHER DEFECTIVE HERNIA SURGERY MESH PATCHES: In addition to the Kugel Patch, a number of hernia patch lawsuits have been filed by patients who received other types of hernia mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard and Davol.

In January 2008, the U.S. District Court Judge who is overseeing the consolidated Hernia Mesh Litigation that has been centralized in Rhode Island, issued an order expanding the scope of the multidistrict litigation (MDL), to include several other products manufactured which contain similar technology.

Some of the other types of hernia surgical mesh which have been associated with alleged injuries in lawsuits filed throughout the United States include:

  • Ventralex Hernia Patch
  • CK Parastomal Hernia Patch
  • CruraSoft Patch
  • Composix Mesh
  • Composix L/P Mesh
  • Composix E/X Hernia Mesh
  • Other Kugel products that have not been recalled

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  1. Deb Reply

    I had a double hernia repair lower and upper hernia. I got a bad infection. From the mesh now I have a lump size of egg to the left of my belly. It hurt like someone is stabing me with a knife and turning it around. The infection gone accord ing to the ct scan. He gave me pills to help but aren’t work to make lump go away or the pain.going back to surgeon Nov 20th to tell him I’m no better. I still can’t work because a can’t sit to long.

  2. Barbara Reply

    In May of of 2010 I was diagnosed with lower quadrant abdominal spigelian hernia yhat contained multiple loops of small bowel. I had it repaired that month with Bard Elliptical L/P mesh. Since this surgery I’ve had nothing but pain that’s gotten increasingly worse over the years. I’ve gone back to the surgeon and was tole there’s nothing wrong, have seen GI specialists and told the same thing None of these Doctors have bothered to perform any tests. I’ve recently changed PCP’s who’s actually listening.
    I’m also wondering if this mesh could be on the list of mesh

  3. lisa Reply

    I had a.colon resection surgery that caused an abdominal hernia, I went through a six hour surgery. To repair because according t to my doctor, my stomach was a mess and I had no lining left to my stomach, a piece. Of mesh was used to repair, after several months there was an obstruction and a larger piece of mesh was put in i still suffer with. Stomach pains and up under my ribs, they just keep telling me it’s from the mesh and they can’t do anything about it.

  4. Ralph Reply

    My sister had a mesh surgery, and is now having complications. She’s even had a corrective surgery done. Now she is bleeding from the navel. She is being schedule for another surgery.

  5. christina Reply

    I had to have 2 mesh implants for hernia due to the doctor not revue exray right..had infection..hospitalised..thought was getting better but for yrs since surgery I have huge soft ball size buldge and I notice a rock size hardness above where last mesh was implanted and feels like a stabbing knife.. I not one to go to doctors .. I just deal with pain due to dotor or emergency room says nothing to do if life threatening of rupture and send me home..can’t work due to it..and my childrens dad quit paying child support for 5 months now..

  6. charlotte Reply

    I’ve had two meshes put in after having hernia surgery. Since the last mesh was put in i have been sick off an on for the last year. I’ve been hospitalized an no one seems to know why my blood pressure is high.supposedly dehydrated an my one kidney started to shut down. I havent gotten any answers of why

  7. Margaret Reply

    I had hernia mesh surgery 2005, have had a problem ever since, soreness in right side, infections, bowel problems, I am to get a ct soon. please contact me. 9313896540 or cell 931-639-2858. please leave a message. Thank you.

  8. Sallie Reply

    My hernia mesh have been giving me problems for a while the mesh hurt when I move or walking around it fell something is pulling the wrong and I can fell the mesh it fell like something is sticking me all the the pain is bad at time.

  9. SHERYL Reply

    I have been hospitalized numerous times for hernia mesh erosion bowel preforation and a number of hernia repair surgeries

  10. Joy Reply

    5 incisional hernia surgeries and now abdominal reconstruction then seroma formed. Drain put in and a large section of fatty tissue pulling causing pain. Feel surgeon is dragging his feet to get it taken care of it

  11. Jan Reply

    I had a hernia surgery 2010 and for the last two years I have had pain and i have been hospitalized 3 or four ct scans and the doctors can’t find any thing still having pain what to do

  12. Richard Reply

    I had an ambilical hernia surgery, however they made about 5 small incisions and placed patch in. After surgery my abdomen area has stayed sore and a large lump on right lower side of my belly button has appeared and has been there for a few years now.When I have brought up to MD. as well as Surgeon who preformed no explanation except surgical hernia and that it can’t be repaired. It is really tender and sore all the time. If I lay down and go to sit up, my stomach area looks as if an ALIEN from a movie is trying to come out. I’m not sure what kinda patch they used.

  13. JANET Reply

    My husband had umbilical hernia repair in 2010. He was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2012. He died from liver cancer in Jan. this year.

  14. lametrica Reply

    I had hernia repaired back in 1999 and did not have complications right away but eventually i began having problems with my stomach specifically in the navel area. The pain sometimes gets unbearable like knots and sharp stabbing pains. I have not been able to go to specialist bc I have no insurance. Now it is to the point where I can barely digest my food and as soon as I eat something I have to go to the bathroom n certain foods cramp my stomach.

  15. leah Reply

    had patitex mesh implanted 3/12. Need name of legal advocate.

  16. susan Reply

    I had hernia repair for 5 abdominal hernia in 2010 . A mesh implant was used to repair my abdominal wall. I stayed I’ll and was then treated for ulcerative colitis. On Dec. 31 2113 , I operated on for hernia, mesh removal, and removal of Infection pocket. Still nor.t well I had surgery for recurrent hernia repair on June 3rd 2015. I had been sick due to herniated with blockages, infection caused by faulty transplants for several years. I left my job in 2012 because I could no longer do my job.

  17. Becky Reply

    My mother is in the hospital this week having a repair surgery done. She has had intestinal fistulas for a few years now and finally found a doctor who would perform the surgery to fix it. All this because of the hernia mesh inside of her has broken apart and tore into other tissue. The doctor said she’ll have to have at least four other surgeries to completely repair the damage from the mesh.

  18. Alberto Reply

    hi i have a lot of complications with those prolene mesh in 2009 i had bilateral inguinal hernia repair in a week i stared with a lot of testicular pain and inflammations then it was pain even in the pelvil so i had 5 surgery even the urine stop with the need of a suprapubic tub just in January 2015 the removed those meshes but there a lot of pieces of mesh that still give me a problem with chronic epididymitis chronic colitis pain inflammations and infection and the need for more surgery i can work i don’t know how to fight this cos hospitals hide document from me i still don’t know what wen wrong i never imagine that doctors are so bad like that just 46 i can’t even have sex is that not crazy?

  19. Bruce Reply

    Had an abdominal surgery about 6 years ago. The lower abdominal area has pain on and off over the past 6 years. Sometimes the pain is so bad it gets hard to handle. Have had to take Vicodin over the entire time.

  20. george Reply

    large lump in hernia repair area pain and cramps thought it was normal now think different–over

  21. Marcus Reply

    Had hernia surgery ten years ago, belly button would always leak had to keep bandaid over it. Now a piece of wire was sticking out so far that it would hang on my shirt, i took clippers and clipped it off but one can still feel it sticking out. Now it has got infected and i have appt with surgeon next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. jackie Reply

    i had a hernia surgery and they put a mesh in my abdomin it now is wire all in my stomach and pain i also have problems breathing and swelling everyone ask why is your stomach so big you have lost so much weight and i dont wont to eat help reply im in texas dallas

  23. Robert Reply

    I have bad pains very much in pain all the time.

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