Hernia Mesh Complications
By Kimberly Wilson White
Hernias can occur when fatty tissue, intestines or an organ pushes through a weak spot or hole in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. This condition can cause constant pain for an individual. Thus, surgery is often necessitated to repair a hernia. A surgical mesh material has often been utilized during the surgical repair of a hernia. However, surgery utilizing this material has led to serious complications that include hernia recurrence, infections and the need for additional surgeries.
The most common complications occurring after hernia mesh surgery include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Hernia recurrence
Other side effects include mesh shrinkage/contraction and mesh migration. Many of these complications are connected to products that are no longer available on the market. The FDA analyzed the reported medically adverse events, and found that the recalled mesh products were the number one cause of complications connected to obstruction, bowel perforation and in the most severe cases, death.
Following the review of two unpublished studies that found a higher rate of failure in Ethicon PhysiomeshTM compared to other comparable products, Johnson & Johnson recalled its hernia mesh product in 2016. Ethicon Hernia Mesh received its approval under FDA 510(k) clearance (PDF) in 2010 – this type of approval meant that it could be placed on the market without needing to conduct any clinical trials or receive an FDA review.
Atrium Medical Corporation, the New Hampshire-based based manufacturer claimed that the Omega 3 barrier on their C-Qur® polypropylene surgical mesh functioned as an adhesion barrier, preventing the development of scar tissue on the repair site that could sometimes fuse with the surrounding organs and muscle. Because of the medical issues potentially tied to this mesh and ongoing litigation around the product, many hospitals and surgeons no longer use the surgical mesh product. It was initially touted for its ability to lessen the chance of fusion with the surrounding abdominal muscle and creation of scar tissue; however, it is now tied to complications including:
- Bowel obstructions
- Chronic inflammation
- Allergic reactions
Our hernia mesh attorneys at Wilson Law, P.A. are currently investigating cases involving several surgical hernia mesh products including but not limited to:
- Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon PhysiomeshTMFlexible Composite
- C-Qur® (manufactured by Atrium Medical)
- All hernia mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard made of Marlex polypropylene
- Composix® Kugel® mesh patches (manufactured by C.R. Bard subsidiary Davol)
If you or a loved one suffered complications, including but not limited to, surgery to remove or replace the hernia mesh, following your hernia mesh surgery contact our attorneys at Wilson Law, P.A. today by calling us at (919) 800-0919 or by filling out our online form to schedule your free consultation.