Many recipients of pelvic, hernia, and vaginal mesh implants have experienced serious health problems. The pelvic mesh implants and bladder slings have a tendency to erode, leaving bits of metal or plastic in the patient’s body. These implants have been used millions of times since winning FDA approval.
Cases we are reviewing for lawsuits on behalf of hernia mesh victims:
- Composix EX
- 3D Max (no 3D Max Lite)
- Perfix Plug
- Kugel (criteria – confirmed ring break and revision)
A victim of a hernia mesh medical device may be eligible to file a hernia mesh claim in the event you have complications or needed revision surgery for any of the types of mesh set forth above. You may also be eligible to be a member of a class action or file an individual lawsuit based on other types of defective or unsafe hernia mesh medical devices or patches.
The devices carry at least one major risk. Pieces of the mesh implant can break away and become embedded in tissue. Even more concerning, the mesh can erode the tissue where it was implanted. Tissue erosion can allow the mesh to ultimately wear through the individual’s internal tissues. This can be painful, even dangerous. Mesh erosion and tissue erosion are expensive and painful problems. Evidence suggests that some degree of erosion is common.
Complications of Mash Erosion:
One study of mesh erosion found a 10% complication rate. This finding was focused on mesh implants used to correct a condition called pelvic organ prolapse (POP). A later FDA report suggested that erosion was a problem in 2% of meshes implanted to correct stress urinary incontinence. At a 2014 presentation to the American Urological Association, Dr. Jerry Blaivas reported a 4% complication rate for bladder sling implants.
Thousands of women have undergone surgeries to removed damaged mesh implants and eroded bits of the mesh. Some of those patients underwent multiple surgeries to correct the problem, at significant cost and risk.
As of June 2017, at least 18 cases are in progress against the division of Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Incorporated that marketed one popular mesh. The Phsyiomesh hernia mesh device. Lawyers contend that the five-layer design was in part responsible. That was one set of cases in one jurisdiction.
In 2016, there were over 54,000 lawsuits pending or in progress against various mesh implant manufacturers. Two companies – American Medical Systems and Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson – are two of the largest targets for these suits. Other patients have filed suit against smaller hernia mesh manufacturers like Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Coloplast, Cook Medical and Neomedic.
Some of the lawsuits have been settled or judgments have been awarded. This is to be expected because patients have been filing lawsuits for years. Some settlements or judgments have run into the millions of Dollars.
If you are suffering chronic abdominal pain or other complications, or need to have a mesh implant surgically removed, you should contact a hernia mesh attorney to discuss your situation.
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