Surgical hernia mesh is used as a medical patch to support damaged and weakened tissues which come out as what is generally called hernias. Its main purpose is to provide scaffolding so that new tissues can grow and strengthen the weakened area.
Unfortunately, this amazingly popularly hernia treatment procedure however was soon known to be linked with plenty of complications. The victims of the health hazards filed for hernia mesh lawsuit and claimed for the monetary awards for their pain and suffering.
Dangers of hernia mesh
Not every hernia mesh poses a serious threat. The main factor what led to the complication is the use of polypropylene (a type of plastic) to make the mesh. Although manufacturers warn against using polypropylene in any application which involves the permanent implantation in the body, the quality has not always been maintained. After some red flags were raised, some of the manufacturers started coating on their polypropylene meshes to create a barrier between the plastic and the organs. But then these composite meshes did not prove any safer than uncoated ones, and in fact some of them were even more dangerous than the previous sets.
In the hernia mesh lawsuit, the patients claimed about how these unhealthy and inherently defectively designed meshes caused them undue pain and suffering.
Polypropylene meshes begin migrating when the plastic erodes and causes serious complications. The material can cause damage to any organ it comes into contact with and the following are the most common health issues:
- Mesh adhering to bowels
- Bowel obstruction
- Development of autoimmune disorders
- Renal failure
- Formation of fistulas
- Sudden loss of teeth
- Meshoma, which is bunching up of the mesh into a hard formation
- Liver abnormalities
Revision surgery following hernia mesh failure
If any hernia mesh fails to work as intended, the patient generally needs revision surgery. A revision surgery follows the initial mesh implant surgery to cure any complications that might arise. Although a second surgery is generally done among hernia mesh patients whose purpose is to fix injuries and problems caused by the failing hernia mesh product.
The revision surgery of recalled mesh products is, as understood a complex process. This is because the surgeon has to open up the abdominal area (or the groin area) in order to reach each of the identifiable pieces of mesh away from the organ and surrounding tissue causing complications. The most unfortunate part of the process is it might take more than one chance to clear all the debris.
What can you get in the claims?
It should be understood that every personal injury lawsuit is different and the amount of compensation one is entitled depends on the details provided in the claim. If a lawyer sues a hernia device manufacturer on behalf of a claim holder, they base how much to seek based on the following factors, such as:
- Medical Bills
- Lost wages due to illness
- Reduced capacity to earn
- Pain and Suffering
In 2017, several class action claims were formed against the major surgical mesh manufacturers. These cases are still awaiting some form of judicial order. But back in 2011, C.E. Bard announced they would settle hernia mesh claims for $184 million dollars.
If you’ve experienced health issues after a procedure which used hernia mesh, get in touch with an experience firm who would want to help you get fair compensation for the injuries.