A hernia is a weak point in the abdominal muscles through which tissues or organs perforate. Depending on the type and severity of a hernia, a patient may experience nausea, vomiting, and severe pain. In order to fix a hernia, surgeons implant mesh into the abdominal muscle wall to hold back the tissue or organs. This has been a process used with success since the middle of the 20th century, and is currently a fairly routine surgery thanks to the innovations of the less invasive robotic-aided surgery. According to one source, surgeries repair 800,000 hernias each year, and most of those surgeries make use of hernia mesh. There are many types of hernias, including:
- Hiatal; and
Hernia mesh is usually a safe and effective measure to solve the organ or fatty tissue perforation. However, hernia mesh surgeries do not always go without devastating incident. Thousands of injured hernia mesh victims have filed lawsuits to seek compensation for their medical costs, future medical procedures needed to fix the problem caused by the hernia mesh, pain and suffering, and more.
Certain Types of Hernia Mesh Cause More Complications
The pharmaceutical companies Atrium and Ethion have issued recalls of their hernia mesh products for various reasons. In August of 2013, Atrium issued a recall for its mesh product C-QUR. The omega fish oil coating can peel off, sticking to the packaging. Due to European registries finding a higher rate of hernia recurrence and recuperation for its product, Ethicon issued a recall for their Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh. Defective hernia mesh has been known to cause serious infections, painful scars, sexual dysfunction, painful sex, headaches, autoimmune disorders, leg and groin pain, tissue erosion, kidney failure, liver problems, rashes, seroma fluid build up, abscesses, and organ perforation. When defective hernia mesh causes these and other injuries, another surgery may be necessary to fix the problem. Additional complications, according to U.S. Recall News, include the following:
- Chronic pain;
- Allergic reaction;
- Mesh contraction
- Rejection of the mesh;
- Hernia recurrence(the mesh did not solve the original hernia); and
- Intestinal blockage.
Negligent Manufacturing, Negligent Marketing, Failure to Warn the Public, and More
The pharmaceutical industry is known for putting profits before people, and hernia mesh makers are no different. To be sure, thousands of injured victims due to defective hernia mesh products have filed personal injury lawsuits because of:
- The manufacturing of a defective product;
- Poor testing of a product before it was released to the public for use;
- Failure to warn the public of a dangerous product;
- The manufacturer having knowledge of a dangerous product and concealing that knowledge from the public;
- Intentional misrepresentation of a product and recklessly concealing product information; and
- Negligent design and marketing of a product.
Call a Defective Hernia Mesh Attorney in Jonesboro Today For Legal Advice
If you have suffered an injury due to a hernia operation in which a defective mesh was used, we strongly encourage you to call Wells & Wells today at 870.782.4084 to discuss your legal compensation options. Our Jonesboro attorneys are eager to help you today.