Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured by hernia mesh. One of the most common complications is the mesh does not work — the hernia returns and needs another surgery.
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What is Hernia Mesh?
Mesh patches and plugs are medical devices that are used to repair hernias, which occur when internal organs bulge out through a weak spot of muscle. The only way to permanently fix a hernia is with surgery. The problem is that hernias often return (called “recurrence”) and need another surgery. To reduce this risk, hernia mesh is stitched inside the body to reinforce weak tissues. Mesh is used in over 50% of hernia surgeries.
What is the Risk?
In general, studies show that hernia mesh reduces recurrence rates. The trade-off is a higher risk of long-term complications related to the mesh. After a few months, mesh is usually embedded in the body. Surgery to remove it is like trying to get gum out of your hair.
Benefits Offset By Long-Term Risks
In a 5-year study involving 3,242 patients in Denmark who had an incisional hernia surgery, 4-6% of mesh repairs resulted in a serious complication, compared to less than 1% of non-mesh repairs.
The study was published in JAMA in October 2016. Complications included bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, bleeding, and late abscess, especially with larger-sized mesh. The researchers warned:
Mesh implantation prevented the need for subsequent re-operation in relatively few patients, suggesting that the benefits associated with the use of mesh are partially offset by long-term complications associated with its use.”
What is the problem?
There are many types of hernia mesh — but some have higher risks than others. For example, Ethicon Physiomesh was linked to higher rates of failure than similar mesh patches. Over 3,000 lawsuit were filed by people who were injured by C.R. Bard/Davol Kugel Mesh.
Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh
No. In May 2016, Ethicon Inc. issued a voluntary global “market withdrawal” for Physiomesh Hernia Mesh in the United States. It was called a recall in most other countries.
The decision came soon after two large studies in Germany and Denmark associated Physiomesh with higher rates of hernia recurrence and re-operation compared to other abdominal hernia mesh.
In a Field Safety Notice (PDF) to surgeons, Ethicon said multiple factors could be causing the problem. Like most hernia mesh, Physiomesh was allowed on the market without going through rigorous clinical trials.
Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Ethicon is facing a number of Physiomesh lawsuits. One of the first lawsuits (PDF) was filed by a man who developed a severe infection, abscesses, and an intestinal fistula. The case is set for trial in 2018 — In Re: Matthew Huff v. Ethicon, Inc. — Case No. 3:16-cv-00368
In September 2016, another lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a woman from Florida who needed surgery to remove Physiomesh when it grew into her intestine — In Re: Joanne Quinn v. Ethicon, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson — Case No: 6:16-cv-01663.
C.R. Bard/Davol Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Settlement
C.R. Bard/Davol issued three recalls for Composix Kugel Mesh Patches between 2005 and 2007. The problem was a plastic ring that helped “spring” open the mesh could break inside the patient’s body and cause a bowel perforation or intestinal fistula.
Thousands of lawsuits were filed by people who were injured. In 2010, the second federal trial ended in a $1.5 million jury award to a man named Christopher Thorpe. Soon afterward, C.R. Bard/Davol agreed to pay a $184 million settlement to resolve around 2,600 lawsuits.
Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh
Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh is coated in omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil). It is advertised as an “anti-adhesion” coating, but in some cases the patient’s body rejects the mesh entirely. There are reports of patients who developed severe inflammation due to a foreign body reaction. In December 2016, judges centralized 21 lawsuits into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2753) into one federal court in New Hampshire under Judge Landya B. McCafferty — In Re: Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation.
Fish Oil Hernia Mesh Linked to Inflammation
In one case report from February 2016, a 61-year-old woman developed pain and discomfort 3 months after C-Qur was implanted. Her symptoms worsened, and by 10 months she had a hard lump on her abdomen. Her surgeons discovered “dense adhesions” between the intestines and abdominal wall. She required surgery to remove the mesh and part of her bowel.
Side Effects of Hernia Mesh
- Hernia recurrence
- Adhesions (scar-tissue)
- Intestinal obstruction
- Organ damage
- Mesh migration, folding, erosion, shrinkage, or hardening
- Impotence or urinary problems in men
- Foreign body reaction
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