If you have experienced serious complications related to a hernia repair procedure performed with hernia mesh, schedule a consultation with an experienced Las Vegas injury attorney at Cogburn Law Offices. We can tell you if you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for the injury you have suffered.
A hernia occurs when a portion of an organ protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it. Common types of hernias include:
- Hiatal (inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach or diaphragm)
- Ventral (through the abdominal wall)
- Umbilical (hernia at the belly button)
- Femoral (upper thigh or outer groin)
- Inguinal (hernia at the inner groin)
Hernia repair is a common medical procedure, performed either laparoscopically or with traditional, open surgery. Hernia mesh is used in open and laparoscopic procedures to reinforce the area where the organ is protruding to help prevent recurrence.
Unfortunately, serious complications and adverse events related to hernia mesh have been reported to the FDA. Many of these injuries were suffered by patients whose hernias were repaired using hernia mesh products that have since been recalled or taken off the market.
Complications with Hernia Mesh
Hernia mesh injuries reported to the FDA, many of which occurred among patients repaired with products that have been recalled or taken off the market, include:
- Hernia recurrence
- Severe, persistent pain
- Mesh shrinkage or migration
- Bowel adhesion, obstruction, or perforation
- Fistula formation
- Organ damage, including puncture or rupture
- Injury to surrounding nerves and blood vessels
Many patients suffering complications with hernia mesh have needed additional surgery to remove or revise the mesh, remove a portion of the bowel or injured organ, or a colostomy to bypass a damaged portion of the colon.
Hernia Mesh Products Recalled or Removed from the Market
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled several hernia mesh products, and others have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, or have had numerous reports of adverse events:
- Kugel mesh used to repair ventral hernias was recalled by the FDA in 2006 due to severe bowel perforations and other serious injuries.
- Proceed mesh, manufactured by Ethicon, was recalled by the FDA in 2005 because the device disintegrated in the body, causing severe infections.
- C-QUR mesh was recalled by the FDA in 2013 because of high infection rates and other serious injuries when the coating of the mesh peeled off after being implanted.
- Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, manufactured by Ethicon, was recalled by the manufacturer who sent an urgent safety notice to doctors and hospitals in 2016, asking them to stop using stop using the product and return any unused product, as it was associated with a range of complications.
- Sepramesh, 3DMax, and PerFix, manufactured by C.R. Bard, have not been recalled but have been associated with a number of adverse events reported to the FDA. Complications reported with PerFix and 3DMax include severe testicular pain and attachment of the device to the spermatic cord.
Hernia Mesh Injury Claims for Compensation
If you have suffered complications after hernia repair surgery with hernia mesh, you may be eligible to sue the manufacturer of the mesh for negligence. You may be entitled to claim compensation for your medical bills, including revision surgery, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Hernia Mesh Attorney Today
If you suffered complications from hernia mesh used in surgery, call a skilled Las Vegas hernia mesh attorney at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.