The FDA has documented dozens of adverse event reports against Physiomesh with some as recent as spring 2017, including events where the mesh was broken into pieces, had a hole in the center, ruptured after surgery, and presented bowel obstruction among other problematic events. In some of these reports, the surgeons even stated that the surgical mesh was a failure.
The FDA noted that the majority of these adverse events were related to bowel obstructions, pain, infection, adhesion and hernia recurrence. As of February 2018, there are more than 54,000 hernia mesh lawsuit cases pending in state and federal courts.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
If you had hernia surgery and a mesh device was used, you may be entitled to significant compensation. It is important that you file a claim against the manufacturer of these dangerous products as soon as possible. Claims are currently being filed against several medical device manufacturers for failure to warn doctors and patients of the risks associated with hernia mesh implants.
Why is Hernia Mesh Dangerous?
Many studies have shown that the companies making these mesh implants knew or should have known that the plastic used to produce these products are not safe to use in humans. Unlike other devices or techniques that can be used to repair hernias, the polypropylene used to make some of the most popular hernia mesh devices use a type of plastic that has been linked to:
- Pain - Patients have reported feeling aching, burning or sharp stabbing pain in the groin or near the incision site.
- Internal Bleeding - Identifiable by pain in the abdomen and/or blood present in stool, urine or vomit.
- Infection - An infection could cause signs of further illness, including fever, chills, nausea or vomiting.
- Need for Surgery - The symptoms may be potent enough to necessitate a corrective surgery, or even a complete removal of the mesh.
Common Hernia Mesh Injuries and Complications
- Bowel obstruction
- Migration, the implant moving from its original application
- Perforation of organs and tissues
- Adhesion, scar-like tissue that sticks together