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A number of different types of hernia mesh made by various manufacturers have been associated with design defects that could cause severe and life-threatening complications after hernia surgery.

FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A HERNIA PATCH LAWSUIT: Thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed in recent years as a result of problems with the Ethcion Physiomesh, Atrium C-Qur, Alloderm, and Kugel Patch.

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OVERVIEW:  Manufacturers of hernia repair mesh have an obligation to adequately research their products and warn about risks associated with their device. In recent years, a number of specific hernia mesh products have been linked to high rates of complications, including:

  • Hernia Repair Failure
  • Infections
  • Protrusions or Movement of the Mesh
  • Internal Injuries
  • Revision Surgery to Remove the Hernia Mesh
  • Other Hernia Repair Complications

In many cases, it appears the manufacturers knew or were warned about these problems before the patches hit the market, and financial compensation may be available for individuals who have experienced complications after hernia repair surgery.

Some of the hernia products that have been linked to complications include:

Ethicon Physiomesh: An Ethicon Physiomesh recall was issued in May 2016, removing the product from the market worldwide amid a large number of failures and revision surgeries. Although the FDA classified the action as a “market withdrawal” in the United States, several foreign regulatory agencies have classified the action as a hernia mesh recall, and Ethicon has required all unused inventory to be returned and does not intend to begin selling the product again since it was unable to identify the cause of the problems associated with the controversial hernia mesh. The lawsuits were consolidated for pretrial proceedings as mart of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, in May 2017.

Atrium C-Qur Mesh: Pronounced “secure”, C-qur is a polypropylene mesh that is covered in a gel made from omega 3 fatty acids and triglycerides. It has been linked to a number of adverse events and complications, including claims that it causes friction with the underlying tissue. In October 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Atrium, citing the company for failing to respond to complaints about the C-QUR mesh and other products. The FDA accused the company of failing to review or investigate any complaints involving C-QUR failures or infections. The lawsuits were consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, in December 2016.

Kugel Hernia Mesh Patches: Recalls have been issued for a variety of different Kugel hernia products used 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. A number of Kugel hernia mesh settlements have been reached in recent years.

AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix: Alloderm is a hernia repair and abdominal reconstructive surgery patch, which is manufactured from tissue harvested from human cadavers. The manufacturer then aseptically processes the tissue to remove the cells and epidermis, and freeze-dries it to remove some of its elasticity, leaving a white, fibrous patch.

When used as a hernia repair patch, Alloderm has been linked to problems due to the manufacturer’s initial failure to warn physicians about the importance of pre-stretching the product, which can expand after it is implanted, causing a number of painful and debilitating complications.

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  1. Louis Reply

    I had a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair surgery done on me. I was bleeding in my bowels, nausea ,headaches, severe abdominal pain in the my navel,redness, discoloration, infection in the wound, fever ,constipation, vomiting and bulging or round abdomen. please help me any anyway that you can.

  2. Dawn Reply

    I’ve had surgery perhaps done back in 2004, I’m not even sure if I qualify for the lawsuit. The Doctor who performed the surgery on me has long since retired and so I’m stumped on the answer. I know the surgery needs to be re-done as two other Doctors have told me this. I still have pain in the area so I guess I do need to get an answer on this.

  3. Andrew Reply

    I had the Parietex Composite placed into my abdomen in late 2008 after a hernia repair. Almost immediately after surgery I knew something was not right. At my 2 week post surgical appointment I had a huge racquet ball sized lump in my right armpit. I was given some antibiotics and brushed off as if it were nothing. A few days later the test came back positive for MRSA. Lump finally went away after three rounds of antibiotics 2 of which were bactrim. Even though the lump went away my surgical wound never completely healed. It was mostly closed except for three holes along the incision (top, middle, and bottom). These were tunneling oozing infected wounds and they were positive for MRSA as well. These tunneling wounds went deep back into my abdomen and required cleaning and packing of gauze strip into the tunnels twice a day with horrid smells and extreem almost unbearable pain at times. To make a long story short the surgeon was an ass and a master at blowing me off as if these problems were caused by me. So after a couple months of the runaround I just stopped seeing him because he wasn’t helping. Over the next 1 1/2 years I seen several different doctors at hospitals and wound clinics and they were all stumped as to the cause of this wound not healing. I was sent on so many tests and studies (MRI, Cat, Fistulagrams, sonogram xray etc….) to try to ascertain the cause of the wound but to no avail. Finally in 2011 I found a doc who refused to just pass the buck and was commited to getting to the answer . While doing a full open exploratory abdominal procedure it was discovered, in the very lowest part of my wound wadded and balled up was the entire piece of mesh that was installed in the upper abdomen in 2008. The mesh was infected and rotting in my gut for over 2 years. The tunneling wounds that had never healed had to be cleaned and derided. When it was over the full open wound was as big around as a large grapefruit and as deep as a racquet ball. I was on a wound vac post surgery for over 3 months while the gaping hole in my stomach healed. The complications healthwise I’ve had since the initial placing of the mesh have been horrendous. The pain and discomfort is so awful I have a hard time doing anything that requires any amount of strength or stamina. After the removal of the mesh in 2011 I have never been able to return to work. I have applied for SS disability twice since 2011 only to be denied both times after the appeal process. I have uncontrollable diarrhea every day as well as enormous amounts of gas that’s horrid. I can barely eat a meal due to the nerve damage and gastroparesis I now suffer from as result of all the abdominal surgeries. The gerd and nerve damage cause me to vomit sometimes multiple times a day. I’m so anemic I have to be infused with iron twice a month. This has truly been an awful chapter in my life. Since I couldn’t go back to work of course I lost my health insurance and any shred of dignity I had left because now I have to ask someone for everything because I have no means of support. SS tells me because I’m under 50 they can’t approve my benefits that I paid In to the system for by having a job my entire life since I was 16. Now with both denials and the time that had passed they tell me that even though I had earned way over the amount if work credits needed to get my ss disability that the rule is you have to have earned work credits sometime in the 5 years previous to any application for benefits and now even though I’ve applied twice and been denied that now I’m beyond the 5 years for having a work credit so now I’m not eligible for any of the benefits I paid in for my entire life. At best they say I could maybe get a few hundred in SSI but that’s only if they approve that. I have been screaming since 2008 about the defective Parietex that caused me all of this harm but could never find an attorney willing to persue it. I’ve been very depressed at times and wanted to check out. Sometimes that sounds like the best plan but for some reason I hang on hoping maybe someday ill get some justice just maybe. -G-

  4. Bobby Reply

    My toxic mercury levels are at levels that would kill most people according to an annual physical Dr. This was back in the late 90’s. I figure the reason was the mercury leaching out of the fillings I received while in the Air Force, Every time I request to have the fillings removed the dentist would tell me there is no evidence that mercury fillings would cause any kind of harm. Toxic metal blood test are not normally part of normal physicals. Had it not been for this test I would never have known about being harmed by the mercury.

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