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Is Your Hernia Mesh Defective?

Meshes are often used to support weakened or damaged tissue after hernia repair surgery. These meshes can be either be temporary or permanent, but one thing they shouldn’t be is dangerous. If you had a mesh implanted after a hernia surgery, and it was either defective or implanted incorrectly, you may be entitled to compensation.

Thousands of cases are brought forward every year, either against mesh manufacturers or doctors themselves, because something went wrong with the mesh. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we have the experience needed to fight for your rights in cases like these. Contact one of our hernia mesh lawsuit attorneys today for a free consultation.

Types of Hernias That May Require a Mesh

“Hernia” is the general term used for when an organ or other fatty tissue pushes through an abnormal opening. Perhaps the most common type of hernia is when the small or large intestine breaches the abdominal muscle wall. Hernias can happen for any number of reasons, but for the most part, they happen because too much pressure or force on the abdominal wall. This can include from lifting heavy objects, from coughing too much or even from being pregnant or obese.

The most common types of hernias include:

 

  • Inguinal hernia: The bladder or intestine breaches to abdominal wall into the inguinal canal, located in the groin. Because of a natural weakness in the area, most of these types of hernias happen in men.
  • Femoral hernia: These types of hernia are most common in women, especially those who are obese or pregnant. In this case, the intestine breaches into the canal that carries the femoral artery in the upper thigh.
  • Incisional hernia: As the name suggests, an incisional hernia occurs when the intestine breaches the site of a previous abdominal surgery. This may happen in overweight or older people who aren’t active after surgery.
  • Hiatal hernia: There’s an opening in the diaphragm called the hiatus, through which the esophagus passes.  When the upper stomach squeezes through this opening, it’s considered a hiatal hernia.
  • Umbilical hernia: Common in newborns, women who are obese and women who have had numerous children, an umbilical hernia occurs when part of the small intestine breaches the abdominal wall near the navel.

 

To repair a hernia, surgery is required. For smaller hernias, there is often less trauma from surgery. However, if the hernia is a larger one, a mesh may be required to support the weakened tissue.

How Hernia Meshes Can Fail

Hernia meshIn general, hernia meshes can be made from two different materials. The first is synthetic, which can be absorbable or nonabsorbable. The second is made derived from processed and sanitized intestines of pigs or cows; these are absorbable. Absorbable meshes are temporary, and naturally degrade over time. Nonabsorbable meshes, on the other hand, are designed to provide permanent support.

Though hernia meshes seem beneficial in theory, they can cause a host of problems. In recent years, many brands of hernia mesh have been recalled. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an article in 2016, detailing the complications that can arise from these meshes. They include:

  • Adhesion (issues with scar tissue)
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Erosion
  • Recurrence of the hernia
  • Perforation of nearby organs or tissue
  • Obstruction of nearby organs
  • Fluid build-up at the surgical site

In some cases, meshes can also become detached from their intended position. If this happens, it can travel to nearby areas, causing even more issues. Often, these problems are caused by the mesh itself. However, the operating doctor could also be the cause of the complications.

Who Can Be Held Responsible?

The FDA has a list of recalled hernia meshes on their site, with which you can search for the mesh used in your procedure. If it has been recalled, and you have experienced complications, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible under product liability law. Currently, two main manufacturers are facing legal action:

  • Atrium Medical Corporation, which manufactures C-Qur brand meshes
  • Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson which manufactures Physiomesh brand meshes

In some cases, the doctor who performed the surgery made a mistake. This mistake could lead to serious complications. Or, the doctor may not have discussed other options with the patient, or didn’t reveal the potential complications that could arise from the procedure. In these situations, you may be able to hold the doctor liable under medical malpractice law. For some victims, both the doctor and the manufacturer can be held liable for injuries caused by a mesh.

If you have experienced complications, it’s important to visit your doctor to discuss your symptoms. You may need to have the mesh removed and/or the hernia repaired again. If the problem is with the mesh itself, report the issue to the FDA. This could trigger a recall of the mesh used in your procedure.

You should also consult with a hernia mesh lawsuit attorney. They can review the details of your case, and help you move forward with a lawsuit against the manufacturer and/or the doctor. In some cases, you may be included in a class action lawsuit.

Speak with a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Attorney Today

If you have experienced complications after a hernia mesh implantation, know that you aren’t alone. Thousands of victims experience complications stemming from these medical devices every year. Call the hernia mesh lawsuit attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today at (800) 916-8108 for a free consultation.

We have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys will fight aggressively on your behalf to make sure whoever caused your injury is held liable. Don’t wait another day to get the justice you deserve. Call us today or contact us online to get started.

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