Hernia mesh is a medical device that is 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. However, hernias often return and need another surgery. To reduce this risk, surgeons implant hernia mesh inside the body to reinforce weak tissue. Most of the mesh devices are made from synthetic materials like polypropylene, a kind of plastic. Some type of hernia mesh product is used in more than half of all hernia surgeries in the United States.
Unfortunately, patients that have had a hernia repaired with mesh are experiencing a number of complications including:
- Hernia recurrence
- Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
- Blockage of the large or small intestine
- Nerve entanglement
- Organ perforation
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage
- Need for revision surgery
Suthers & Harper is currently investigating hernia mesh products that have been linked to these severe complications. These products include Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh, Atrium’s C-Qur, and Covidien’s Parietene mesh products. If you or a loved one have suffered serious side effects or have had to undergo additional surgery after being implanted with a hernia mesh product, contact the defective medical product attorneys at Suthers & Harper by e-mail or call us toll-free at 1-800-320-2384 for a free consultation.