Ventralight Lawsuit Claims Hernia Mesh Is Biologically Incompatible With Humans

A Florida man indicates that he suffered serious complications from Bard Ventralight mesh, indicating that the hernia repair mesh is made from materials that are not compatible with human biology. 

Randell Rich filed a complaint (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on June 8, naming C.R. Bard and Davol, Inc. as defendants in one of the latest lawsuits over problems linked to the controversial hernia mesh, including reports of hernia recurrence, pain, infections, adhesion and bowel obstruction.

Rich indicates that underwent an incisional hernia repair in August 2017, during which he was implanted with Bard Ventralight hernia mesh. Just two days later, Rich underwent revision surgery and the implant had to be removed, and he also had to undergo an abdominal wash, which left him requiring home health care and a Wound Vac.

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“The scientific evidence Defendant knew or should have known of demonstrates that the mesh is incompatible with human tissue and often causes a negative immune response in patients implanted with the Product, including Plaintiff,” Rich’s lawsuit states. “Defendant failed to perform proper and adequate testing and research in order to determine and evaluate the risks and benefits of the Product.”

Rich’s lawsuit presents claims of negligence, design defect, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, breach of warranty, and violation of consumer protection laws.

The case raises allegations similar to those presented in a growing number of other hernia patch lawsuits filed against Bard and other manufacturers in recent months, alleging that certain mesh designs introduced in recent years pose a much higher risk of complications and failure than consumers and the medical community are told.

In addition to cases involving Bard Ventralight, similar allegations are presented in hundreds of Bard Ventralex mesh lawsuits and claims over other polypropylene products, including Atrium C-Qur lawsuits and Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits.


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