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

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