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Louisville Hernia Mesh Lawyer

Using surgical mesh to repair a hernia is not a new medical treatment, accounting for more than 90 percent of groin-area hernia surgeries. When designed and implanted correctly, the synthetic material of the surgical mesh is designed to be more sterile and less susceptible to rejection. However, recent years have seen a rise in complications from hernia mesh.

If you or a loved one experienced severe complications or required additional surgeries as a result of this procedure, contact the Louisville defective medical device lawyers of Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC. Together we can help you receive financial compensation to recover from medical expenses and work towards important policy changes to prevent future malpractice.

Hernia Mesh

Hernia mesh is also referred to as surgical mesh. Most mesh is made of loosely woven animal or synthetic tissue. Surgeons use the mesh as a way of strengthening the repair and to decrease the possibility of the hernia recurring.

Hernia Definition

A hernia occurs when tissue, or an organ, bulges through a tear or opening in the abdomen. Most commonly, hernias happen in the intestine or the stomach. The most frequent kinds of hernias include:

  • Hiatal. The upper part of the stomach moves up in to the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm.
  • Umbilical. This hernia occurs right around the belly button.
  • Inguinal. In the groin area – this is the most common type of hernia.
  • Incisional. A hernia that occurs through a patient’s scar.
  • Congenital diaphragmatic. These types of hernias are present at the time of birth.

Treatment Options

If a patient chooses to repair a hernia, surgery is the only method. However, there are different surgical options. Hernia repair surgery techniques include:

  • Open repair. With open repair, the surgeon’s incision is made close to the hernia. The weakened muscle area is repaired. The surgery can be performed with or without the use of surgical mesh. When an open repair uses sutures without surgical mesh, the procedure is referred to as a primary closure.
  • Laparoscopic repair. This type of repair involves the surgeon making several smaller incisions in the abdominal area. The hernia is repaired through these openings, with the aid of a laparoscopic camera. This surgery can also be performed with or without the use of surgical mesh.

Risks of Hernia Mesh

Complications following hernia repair surgery that includes the use of hernia mesh may include:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Hernia recurring
  • Pain
  • Adhesion
  • Obstruction of the bowels
  • Migration of the mesh
  • Shrinkage of the mesh
  • Protrusion of the mesh
  • Repair failure
  • Internal injuries
  • Additional surgery to remove or correct the mesh failure

Recall of Hernia Mesh

Recalls are issued by manufacturers when there are actual or potential safety issues associated with their devices. Since 2005, there have been several recalls issued due to dangers associated with hernia mesh devices. Tragically, by the time a recall is formerly announced many patients may already have already had hernia repair surgery.

  • Davol, Inc. started notifying customers of a recall in December 2005 for multiple hernia repair devices. The recall included Bard Composix Kugel Mesh because of the potential that the memory recoil ring could break and lead to chronic enteric fistula or a bowel perforation.
  • Atrium Medical issued a recall in August 2013. Their recall was for 1,500 units of the Atrium C-Qur Edge Mesh. The devices were recalled because there is a risk of mesh coating adhering strongly to the inner handling sleeve. This can occur if there is excessive humidity exposure for the device for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ethicon, Inc issued a Field Safety Notice in May 2016 to notify patients that they are recalling the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh because the re-operation/recurrence rate after laparoscopic repair was higher than average.

Hernia Mesh Injury Recourse

It’s important that manufacturers be held responsible for the safety of the products they bring to the marketplace. It’s unacceptable that people are hurt as a result of these dangerous devices being inserted into their bodies. The purpose of having surgery is correct a problem not create new and sometimes worse problems. If you or a loved one has sustained complications from hernia mesh, you deserve to be compensated for your suffering. Contact Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC to help fight for your rights.