Hernia Mesh

Frequently Asked Hernia Mesh Questions

What is a hernia?

Hernia repairs are often done by implanting a mesh product in the body. Several specific products used in hernia repair surgeries are now under intense scrutiny due to side effects and complications occurring with patients.

There is a possibility that you or a loved one could be entitled to the recovery of damages if you or the loved one has experienced a failure or malfunctioning of the device, infections, damage to internal organs, or an allergic reaction after having a hernia mesh product implanted. Contact one of our dedicated product liability lawyers at our experienced law firm to discuss your case and review whether you have the right to a claim. Do not hesitate to call us today. Contact Krause & Kinsman to begin the process by scheduling your free consultation.

If you have had a hernia repair surgery, you likely are well aware of the symptoms and description of a hernia; however, for those that may not be as well informed, a hernia happens when the lining or organ protrudes through the layer of muscles in the stomach creating a bulge. Several kinds of hernias exist:

  • A hernia that occurs in the wall of the abdomen, known as a ventral or abdominal hernia
  • A hernia that happens within a surgical incision site from a prior operation or injury, called an incisional hernia
  • Hernias that happen around the area of the groin are known as inguinal hernias
  • A hernia that happens at or in the surrounding area of the navel is known as an umbilical hernia
  • A hernia that erupts where the stomach and esophagus meet is known as a hiatal hernia

How is a device used to surgically correct a hernia?

There are multiple ways in which a hernia can be repaired surgically, for example, a biologic graft, sutures, or a synthetic mesh can be used. A variety of devices have come on the scene over the past few years. Manufacturing companies like Gore Medical, Bard, and Davol have all produced variation of devices intended for the repair of hernias.

Typically, there are two groups, biologic and synthetic, that divide repair products used for hernias. Biologics are implants made from human tissue, skin from cadavers, pig skin. Synthetic refers to implants that are made for man-made substances, like composites, polyester filaments, polyprolylene, or ePTFE membrane.

Is it possible that I have a claim against my hernia device manufacturers and how would I know?

Just like any other surgical procedure, a hernia surgery is not guaranteed to repair the problem; however, if the device implanted within you has malfunctioned and resulted in an injury, you could potentially have a claim for product liability against the manufacturer.

Like with any medical procedure, it is imperative to understand what exact device was implanted in you during your surgery, especially which specific device was used in your hernia repair while examining whether you have a case. Call the office of the physician that did your surgery or the hospital where your procedure was performed to obtain documentation from the medical records department. Be sure to obtain and record the documentation of the product number identifying your specific mesh or patch. The reason you will need the product identification number is to identify the product and to be aware of whether the Food and Drug Administration has issued or recalled your product as being defective. You will need to know which product you have so as to know whether it has been recalled or labeled as defective.

After establishing which device was implanted within you, it is critical to have a physician examine your injuries and determine them to be injuries caused by the defect. It will be an important part of the claim process to have your injuries documented and recorded with by a doctor. The most important phase in the determination of whether you have a claim is to show conclusive evidence that the injuries from which you are suffering were caused directly or indirectly by the defective product.

What are the complications from Hernia Mesh Products?

The following problems have been reported by patients with hernia mesh implants:

  • Abdominal ulcers
  • Obstruction of the bowels
  • Perforation of internal organs
  • Renal failure
  • Failure and/or erosion of the product
  • Allergic reactions; and
  • Fistulas in the intestines

Have there been any injuries linked to Hernia Mesh Products

Several types of mesh products are manufactured for the purpose of hernia repair; however, there are specific mesh products that create serious hazards for patients, like the following:

  • Atrium C-Qur™
    The manufacturing of this device was stopped permanently shortly after the FDA delivered a ruling that demanded the halting of production.
  • Bard Ventralex™ ST
    C.R. Bard, Inc. has had reports of several side effects and problematic reactions with the polyprylene mesh product produced for hernia repair. The transvaginal mesh had FDA issued warnings attached, yet the hernia repair product has none at this time.

Hernia Mesh Statistics

750,000
Inguinal hernia repairs are done every year.
350,000
Ventral hernia repairs are done each year.
20%
Of people will have post surgery pains

Atrium C-Qur

Atrium Medical Corporation, subsidiary of the larger company, The Getinge Group, attempted to improve sales of their product, the C-Qur hernia meshes, by reaching out to surgeons and physicians to communicate encouragement for the using of the product Atrium manufactures called C-Qur. Although, at the juncture this encouragement came, the Food and Drug Administration had already filed several lawsuits surrounding the complications with their product.

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Hernia Mesh Claims and Lawsuits

If it is the case that you or a loved one have had side effects or complications after an implant was placed within the body to repair a hernia, you could be entitled to compensation and we want to help your recovery the compensation you deserve. An experienced product liability lawyer from our firm will help you sort through the damages done to you and get you what you need to get back on your feet. Let us protect your rights to recovery today. Do not hesitate or wait to get your claim filed. Contact Krause & Kinsman immediately to review your case by scheduling a free consultation.

C-Qur™ is a trademark of Atrium Medical Corporation and only written within this article to assist in identify the products. Ventralex® is a registered trademark of C.R. Bard, Inc., and only written within this article to assist in identify the products.

Our firm is in no way affiliated with, given sponsorship from, legislated by, or associated with Atrium Medical Corporation; C.R. Bard, Inc.; or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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