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Published: October 11th, 2008
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
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