Bard, Ethicon, and Atrium Medical Corporation have all had hernia mesh products recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The list of recalled products includes:
- C-QUR Edge Mesh
- C-QUR TacShield
- C-QUR V-Patch Mesh
- C-QUR Mesh
- Bard Composix Kugel Mesh X-Large Patch Oval (various sizes)
- Bard Composix Kugel Large Oval, 5.4” x 7”
- Bard Composix Kugel Oval, 6.3” x 12.3”
- Bard Composix Kugel Large Circle, 4.5”
- Proceed Surgical Mesh (various products)
There may be other recalled models of hernia or surgical mesh. You can consult the FDA for more information.
Understanding Hernia Mesh
Hernia mesh, or surgical mesh, is a medical product that is used to provide support when repairing tissue that is weakened or damaged. Most surgical mesh is made of synthetic material or from cow or pig tissue. According to Mayo Clinic, surgeons use surgical mesh to repair hernias to reduce the likelihood that a patient will experience future hernias.
While conventional treatments involve stitching the tissues back together, the likelihood of a recurrence without any kind of surgical mesh may be elevated.
Risks Associated with Hernia Mesh
Some of the risks and complications that are associated with hernia mesh repair include:
- Adhesion: a complication where tissues are fused.
- Bowel obstruction: a hernia mesh failure can result in a blockage of the intestinal system.
- Bowel perforation: this occurs when the hernia mesh product punctures the bowel. Other organs may be perforated as well.
- Infection: if an infection occurs at the site of the surgery, the hernia mesh may need to be removed and replaced.
- Rejection: In some cases, the hernia mesh may trigger the body’s immune response and cause the body to reject the mesh.
- Mesh failures: where the hernia mesh shrinks or migrates after being installed.
If you experience these symptoms or any symptoms that you believe may be related to a defective hernia mesh, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
Afterwards, you may want to consider if your injuries were the result of a defective product, and if you may have legal options for recovering compensation in a lawsuit.
Recoverable Damages in a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Every case is different, however, some of the possible damages you may be able to recover in a hernia mesh lawsuit include:
- Medical costs, such as surgical treatments, hospitalization, doctor’s examinations, and medication
- Lost wages
- Future wages if the complications are severe and your earning potential is diminished or lost
- Pain and suffering
While hernia mesh can cause severe complications, death is uncommon but can occur. If you have lost a loved one because of complications stemming from their hernia mesh, your family may be entitled to a number of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, including, but not limited to:
- Funeral costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., May Be Able to Help You
If you or someone you love is experiencing complications because of a hernia mesh surgery, you may be able to hold the manufacturer or other liable party responsible for your damages.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., represents victims of defective medical devices on Long Island and in all five boroughs of NYC. If you have been injured by a defective hernia or surgical mesh product, we may be able to manage your case while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
When you hire Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., a lawyer from our firm may be able to:
- Answer your questions and provide legal advice
- Manage all communications, deadlines, and paperwork in your case
- Identify the party liable for your injuries
- Gather evidence of their injuries
- Gather evidence of the extent of your damages
- Negotiate for a settlement offer with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Take your case to court if they are not willing to make you a fair offer
If you are considering taking legal action, do not delay, as New York imposes a statute of limitations, or legal time limit, on defective medical device lawsuits. Certain variables can affect this time limit, so call Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., to discuss what specific legal deadlines pertain to your case.
For a free review of your case, contact our firm today at (631) 600-0000.
We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments due. In this arrangement, we do not receive legal feeds unless and until you recover compensation at the end of your case.