Hernia mesh is typically made from woven synthetic material, such as polypropylene, used to repair hernias, which occur when an organ, tissue, or intestine break through a weakened area in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Often, a hernia affects the abdominal wall, though it may also occur in the inner or outer groin, the belly button, and the upper stomach or diaphragm.
Synthetic mesh may be composed of either non-absorbable, absorbable, or a combination of absorbable and non-absorbable materials. The non-absorbable mesh is intended as a permanent implant and will not degrade over time, whereas absorbable mesh is temporary. As the absorbable mesh degrades, new tissue growth will provide strength. Surgical mesh can also be constructed from animal tissue, such as the intestine or skin of a cow or a pig.
Many hernia mesh products have been known to cause serious complications. As such, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled or issued warnings for mesh products associated with reported complications. Some of these dangerous mesh products include:
Some of the most commonly reported problems were:
Physiomesh is a product of Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Although all unused stock was recalled in Europe and Australia, Ethicon issued a voluntary market withdrawal in the United States. The withdrawal, however, does not offer any kind of alleviation to patients who already have the implant and may be suffering complications.
Physiomesh is made from polypropylene, a non-absorbent material that is meant to be permanent and not break down. Other additional complications associated with this product include:
C-QUR mesh, which is manufactured by Atrium, is made of polypropylene as well, though it has an Omega 3 gel coating derived from pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. The FDA sued Atrium in 2015, halting the production and distribution of the C-QUR hernia mesh after the company failed to address multiple complaints. Some of the complications associated with this product include:
Manufacturers have a duty to their customers to produce and sell products that will not risk their health or safety. When they fail to uphold this standard, there can be serious and sometimes irreparable consequences for which they must be held accountable. If you or someone you loved one received a hernia mesh implant and are now suffering complications, you have a right to seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The attorneys of Klein Frank, P.C. can help you hold the negligent manufacturer responsible by filing a personal injury claim. With our help, you may obtain monetary compensation for medical care, lost income, rehabilitative care, and other injury-related costs.