Hernia mesh products have become the medical device of choice for surgeons repairing torn hernias. They are used in over 90% of all of the common surgery, despite the fact that many patients who have had the patches implanted in their bodies have suffered significant medical injuries requiring subsequent removal. In some cases patients have found that the devices have caused irreparable damage and have been left with a guarantee of pain and disability for the rest of their lives.
Though the hernia mesh product — which is manufactured and marketed by a number of companies — remains on the market and has not faced a recall, thousands of those who have been harmed by its use have filed lawsuits against those companies, and many of them are about to have their day in court.
Number of Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Continues to Climb
Back in the middle of 2019, a report issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation indicated that there were 2,478 hernia mesh cases filed against manufacturer Bard; 2,167 filed against manufacturer Ethicon Physiomesh, and 1,403 filed against Atrium C-Qur. In the six months since that report was published, it is estimated that those numbers have doubled or tripled, with patients who have suffered damages citing a failure to accurately inform them of the risks that accompanied the use of the medical device. Many cite disparities between what they were told and what the reality of the situation was.
Patients who have had hernia mesh implanted during a surgical procedure face similar risks to those suffered by patients who have had pelvic mesh implanted. These include the risk of chronic or radiating pain; organ perforation; mesh erosion; inflammation or infection; scarring; urinary problems; and more. Though many physicians continue to use the products, others have returned to more traditional repairs done via tissue suture.