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Hernia Mesh and Vaginal Support Mesh Are The Same Things

Manufacturers of hernia mesh re-purposed their stores of polypropylene plastic used to make hernia repair mesh to create the vaginal support mesh, a catastrophic medical device failure

Friday, November 1, 2019 - Hernia repair mesh and vaginal support mesh are so similar that those examining both say that the two devices are cut out of the same cloth. Experts think that the vaginal mesh is merely the female version of hernia mesh. Both are made from plastic polymeric polypropylene (PPP), the same material that is used to make clear, microwavable food storage containers, and also plastic sandwich bags. Polypropylene has been the material of choice because it is cheap and readily available, and also due to its strength and flexibility, critical components needed to support the abdominal area of the body where most hernias occur. Both medical devices are a form of surgical mesh used to support either a surgical site or an organ that has been weakened or damaged by pelvic organ prolapse (POP). "Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ-such as your bladder-drops (prolapses) from its normal place in your lower belly and pushes against the walls of your vagina. This can happen when the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched from childbirth or surgery," according to

Instead of supporting a weakened surgical site or female urinary organ, polypropylene mesh degrades and disintegrates when naturally attacked after being identified as a foreign object by the body's immune system. Hernia mesh tends to liquefy into a plastic mush when first placed in the human body and travels downward with gravity and can obstruct the bowels causing dangerous blockages. After liquefying, hernia mesh can calcify, harden and produce sharp edges that can lacerate the surrounding tissues and organs causing extreme pain and internal bleeding. Hernia mesh attorneys specialize in product liability litigation, pursuing justice on behalf of individuals and families that have been harmed by dangerous drugs and defective medical products.

Governments in Europe fear that hundreds of thousands of hernia mesh repair patients could require revision surgery to remove the faulty and ill-conceived medical device as was the case with the vaginal-support mesh. In Australia, Senator Derryn Hinch stated that the vaginal support mesh is "one of the biggest medical scandals Australian women have ever been subjected to" after a government report found that 10,000 to 15,000 people incurred serious side effects after receiving vaginal mesh implants according to Thousands of hernia repair mesh patients are experiencing similar adverse results with hernia repair mesh and have hired attorneys to see if they too qualify to file a claim against Johnson & Johnson or another manufacturer.

According to, more than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed claiming injury from the faulty vaginal-support mesh device, mostly targeted towards Johnson & Johnson. One device maker Endo International Plc, "agreed to pay $775 million to resolve the remaining lawsuits filed over its vaginal mesh implants." Women have claimed that they are in constant and extreme pain from the vaginal mesh and that they feel like they have barbed wire inside of them. The vaginal support mesh has turned a women's occasional urinary leakage into permanent and irreversible incontinence requiring that they never venture far from a bathroom.

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