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Hernia Mesh Trials May Focus On Similarities To Recalled Vaginal Support Mesh

Hernia repair mesh plaintiffs expect similar results as the billions in trans vaginal mesh settlements

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - Thousands of people that have suffered having to undergo revision surgery to repair a failed hernia repair mesh device have filed lawsuits against manufacturers throughout the United States. DrugWatch.com reports that as of November 2019, 7,711 hernia mesh lawsuits were pending against Ethicon, Atrium, and Bard Davol in three separate multidistrict litigations, or MDLs." Interesting to note is that the rate of hernia mesh failure may approach one in three, not the three percent that hernia mesh doctors like to quote patients. The reason for hernia mesh failures is said to lie in their similarities to other products on the market. Hernia repair mesh is comparable to the failed vaginal support mesh that was rushed to market by companies under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)s 501 Fast Track program. A company must demonstrate that the product is similar to one already approved and on the market, to get approval. It does not matter whether or not the target product failed or if it was recalled. Hernia mesh products are made from the same materials and by the same manufacturers that rushed the failed vaginal support mesh to market. Transvaginal mesh has manufacturers have paid billions in settlements. "Hernia mesh is similar in construction to transvaginal mesh, another surgical mesh used exclusively in women. Complications resulted in more than 107,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The cases were combined in five different mass litigations in a West Virginia federal court. The transvaginal mesh litigations were among the largest in U.S. history and have resulted in nearly $8 billion in settlements," according to Drug Watch.

The initial purpose of hernia repair mesh was to attach the device with staples or sutures on top of a surgically repaired hernia to support it while the hernia healed. The screen-like construction of the mesh was to assist it in becoming absorbed in scar tissue and to stay in place. The screen mesh design instead acts as a haven for infection to develop and bacteria to flourish. Hernia repair mesh is made from polypropylene plastic, a material chosen for its flexibility and tensile strength. Other products made from polypropylene for comparison are microwaveable food storage containers and single-use plastic sandwich bags. Hernia repair mesh attorneys are available for a free consultation with no obligation to file a claim.

Polypropylene hernia repair mesh problems mirror those of the vaginal support mesh. Polypropylene was never intended to be used inside the human body where instead of providing support it degrades, hardens, crumples, and breaks into hard, jagged pieces that can break free and travel to other parts of the body and impale other organs. Locating hernia repair mesh fragments is difficult. Most of the time, the only way to tell where they might be is to do exploratory surgery in the area where the patient is experiencing pain. Hernia mesh complaints include individuals lacerated or dangerous blocked intestines causing internal bleeding and the release of feces back into the abdomen.

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