Mesh plugs are commonly used to repair femoral, umbilical, and inguinal hernias. In recent years, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured by hernia mesh plugs and patches.
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What is a Hernia Plug?
Hernia plugs are stitched inside a patient’s body to repair hernias, which occur when internal organs or tissues bulge out through a weak spot or hole in the abdomen.
Surgeons used to hand-roll their own hernia plugs from a flat piece of mesh, but nowadays most use a commercially pre-made plug for hernia repair. Some hernia plugs are topped with a flat mesh overlay.
What Does a Hernia Plug Look Like?
The C.R. Bard/Davol PerFix® Hernia Plug looks like a shuttlecock, with synthetic mesh “petals” and a tapered point.
The GORE® BIO-A® Hernia Plug is a bio-absorbable hernia plug that looks like a sea urchin, with a flat patch and soft mesh “spines” that fill up the hernia.
The Ethicon® PROLENE Hernia System is a “three-in-one” product that looks like two flat pieces of mesh connected by a cylindrical plug.
Hernia Plug and Patch Technique
The “Plug and Patch” technique uses a mesh plug to fill the hole in the abdominal wall, repairing the hernia like a cork stoppering a bottle. The surgeon customizes the plug for each patient, implants it inside the hernia, and reinforces the repair with a flat patch over the hernia.
Benefits of Using Hernia Mesh Plugs
Proponents of hernia repair with plug and mesh techniques say it is easier than other surgeries, requires smaller incisions, fewer sutures, less tissue damage, and less post-operative pain for the patient.
Mesh Plugs for Inguinal Hernia Repair
Mesh plugs are not effective for all hernias. The “cork in a bottle” analogy makes sense for hernias in the femoral canal, but mesh plugs for inguinal hernia repairs are more problematic. The plugs tend to shrink, loosen, or poke into the bladder or intestines near the groin.
Hernia Mesh Patch Recall: FDA Warns of Death and Serious Health Risks
The FDA recalled C.R. Bard/Davol Kugel Mesh three times between 2005 and 2007 due to the risk of death. The problem was a plastic ring could break and perforate the intestines, resulting in life-threatening complications. In 2011, nearly 3,000 lawsuits involving the recalled hernia plug were resolved with a $184 million settlement.
PerFix Plug Recall
The C.R. Bard PerFix Hernia Plug-and Patch was recalled in 2014 due to a labeling error. It has not been recalled for safety reasons, but some patients have developed serious complications like Post-Herniorrhaphy Pain Syndrome, nerve damage, chronic pain, or required surgery to remove the PerFix Plug.
Hernia Plug Complications
- Chronic pain
- Mesh migration or folding
- Bowel perforation
- Hernia recurrence
- Sexual dysfunction or urinary problems
- Allergic reaction
- Surgery to remove mesh
Hernia Plug Migration
One of the most serious hernia plug complications is migration. It occurs when the mesh moves out of its intended location, folds into layers, or bunches up into a ball. It can cause chronic pain, erosion into nearby organs, inflammation, adhesions (scar-tissue sticking organs together), hernia recurrence, and require another surgery.
Hernia Plug Lawsuit
Ethicon Inc. is facing a growing number of Physiomesh hernia plug lawsuits. It was recalled in Europe and Australia in May 2016 after a large study found higher rates of hernia recurrence and re-operation.
Atrium Medical Corp. is also facing lawsuits involving C-QUR Mesh, which is coated in fish oil (Omega-3). The coating is advertised to prevent side effects. The lawsuits involve people who suffered allergic reactions to fish oil, resulting in chronic inflammation or infections.
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