Abdominal surgical mesh is mostly used to repair hernias. In recent years, Physiomesh and C-QUR Hernia Mesh were pulled off the market due to complications and lawsuits were filed by people who were injured.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting abdominal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a severe complication, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is Abdominal Mesh?
Surgical mesh is a loosely-woven patch that is stitched or implanted in the abdomen to support organs and reinforce weak tissues. Abdominal mesh is primarily used to repair hernias (especially inguinal hernias in the groin), followed by transvaginal repairs in women, or reconstructive surgeries in people who have been severely injured.
What is a Ventral Hernia?
Ventral hernias occur when a weak spot in the abdomen allows internal tissues to bulge outward. The most common is an incisional hernia, which occurs after 10-15% of abdominal surgeries. Synthetic mesh is often sued to repair these hernias and prevent recurrence.
Types of Surgical Mesh
There are many types of surgical mesh — biologic or synthetic, absorbable or non-absorbable, and coated or un-coated with an “adhesion barrier” to prevent scar-tissue and inflammation. Mesh plugs are often used in “plug-and-patch” surgeries in the abdomen.
What Type Do I Have?
It is okay if you do not know what type of abdominal mesh you have. That information is in your medical records. To find out, contact the hospital where you had surgery — or call us. We will review your case for free and help you get the information you need to file a lawsuit.
Abdominal Hernia Surgery With Mesh
There are two types of abdominal surgeries to repair hernias. The most common is laparoscopic repairs, in which the surgeon makes small incisions and plugs the hernia with mesh. Less common is open surgery, in which the hernia is repaired with stitches, but not mesh.
Surgical Mesh Removal
It is necessary to remove surgical mesh when complications occur, but this surgery is like trying to get gum out of your hair. Abdominal mesh is designed to be permanent — it becomes embedded in the abdomen within a few months. Removing it requires removing nearby tissues, which can create a very large hernia that is more likely to return.
Complications of Abdominal Mesh Repair
- Chronic pain
- Organ damage
- Bowel perforation
- Adhesion (scar-tissue)
- Mesh erosion or migration
- Hernia recurrence
- Inflammation or rejection of mesh
- Surgery to remove mesh
Abdominal Mesh Lawsuits
- Composix Kugel Mesh — 3,000 lawsuits were filed after C.R. Bard recalled this abdominal mesh three times between 2005 and 2007. In 2011, the company paid a $184 million settlement to people who had injuries like bowel perforations.
- Ethicon Physiomesh — Ethicon recalled Physiomesh in Europe and Australia in May 2016 after studies found higher rates of hernias returning and needing another surgery. Physiomesh was pulled off the market without a recall in the U.S.
- Atrium C-QUR Mesh — Atrium recalled C-QUR abdominal mesh in 2013 because its Omega-3 (fish oil) coating could peel off and stick to the inside of its package. Lawsuits have been filed by people who say it also peeled off in their body and triggered inflammatory allergic reactions.
Do I have an Abdominal Surgical Mesh Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting abdominal surgical mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a severe complication, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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