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What is a hernia?
A hernia is when an organ pushes into an opening of muscle or tissue that is supposed to hold it in place. They are most common around the chest and hips but can happen just about anywhere. Other common places include the thigh and groin. Hernias aren’t life threatening at first, but the body will not heal them on their own. Serious complications occur which is why victims receive surgery to fix the issue. The common types of hernias are as follows:
- Inguinal hernia – The intestine pushes through the muscle wall and into the groin area. This is the most common.
- Femoral hernia – The intestine pushes through the muscle wall and into the thigh.
- Umbilical hernia – The intestine pushes through the muscle wall and into the belly button area.
- Hiatal hernias – The stomach pushes through an opening and into the diaphragm.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a surgical mesh material used to basically “strengthen” the weak tissue that allowed a hernia to happen in the first place. It is placed behind the tissue and between the organ so it won’t break through again. There are a few different types of mesh devices. One is called “absorbable” mesh which is meant to be dissolved by the body over time. These are generally much safer than permanent mesh devices. Permanent mesh does not dissolve and stays where it was implanted. It is meant to become like a backbone providing continuous support to the weakened muscle wall. These are the types of mesh devices that are creating problems inside patients and are the target for product liability lawsuits.
How do Permanent Mesh Devices fail?
Based on research conducted by the FDA and scientific, peer-reviewed literature from the scientific community, these permanent mesh devices are subject to infections, overall failure resulting in a recurrence of the hernia, adhesion and obstruction of the large or small intestine, bleeding, abnormal connection between other organs and vessels, seroma (fluid build-up), and creating a hernia in a new location. Many main manufacturers of this hernia mesh product recalled their products as they were determined to be the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction in patients. Click here to see the FDA’s report on hernia mesh complications.
Who is responsible?
The first of the mesh products to become problematic were from a surgical device company called Ethicon. They were approved by the FDA in 2010, but in 2016 Ethicon began issuing recalls for their mesh products. The material used in the mesh products triggered a response from the immune system causing severe inflammation resulting in seromas, infections, and scar tissue being formed.
Atrium’s C-Qur mesh products also came under the fire of many legal suits for surgeries from 2006 to 2015. Their products had a coating called O3FA on it which would degrade if not stored under proper conditions Patients who used the C-Qur products experienced immune system responses and potentially fatal allergic reactions. The legal staff at Dan Chapman and Associates is always looking out for our clients and we are constantly investigating companies who have released harmful mesh devices.
What have we been doing?
Our experienced legal team is now filing lawsuits against several medical companies who manufactured and sold defective hernia mesh patches that have caused a lot of complications and injuries to patients following their hernia surgery. While working on the transvaginal mesh and bladder sling cases over the past 10 years, our legal team received many calls from people around the country reporting severe hernia mesh complications. At that time, we were solely focused on the enormous task of helping women injured by defective transvaginal mesh and bladder sling mesh. Because many of those mesh cases have now settled with money compensation having been paid to our clients for their mesh related complications and injuries, we have now turned our attention to helping both men and women who have suffered complications and injuries from the mesh hernia patches implanted in their bodies during hernia surgery.