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Millions May Require Multiple Hernia Mesh Revision Surgeries Worldwide

If hernia repair mesh fails at the rate experts are anticipating, millions of people could be incapacitated

Friday, August 30, 2019 - Some hernia mesh failure statistics are so outrageous that their magnitude fails to immediately register and a reader skims over them as if nothing is out of the ordinary. I just realized that is what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I first read that physicians and experts in England were estimating that 12-30% of hernia repair patients would require one or more revision surgeries to locate and remove the failed hernia mesh medical device. 30% equals roughly "one in three" and that number comes to life when one realizes that there are over one half a million hernia surgeries performed in the country every year. That would make the number of people damaged by the failed hernia repair mesh an incredible 170,000 patients. And the UK is not the only country that could experience the same ratios of hernia mesh failure because the medical device is sold and used throughout the European Union, in New Zealand and Australia, and also in the United States.

Hernia repair mesh used in England is the same as that which is used in the United States and if one does the math the numbers are frightening. Approximately 800,000 to 1,000,000 hernias are repaired using hernia mesh in the United States and if the same failure rates apply, we could be looking at 300,000 injured hernia patient whose health could be at risk every year for the unforeseeable future. Not only that, not all hernia repair mesh fail at the same rate, therefore, millions of hernia repair mesh patient could require a second, third or fourth surgery.

Health officials are worried about the number of individuals that have reported having to undergo revision surgery due to the hernia repair mesh degrading, buckling, crumpling, and twisting away from its intended location above a surgically repaired hernia, and then migrating and damaging other internal organs. Similarities are being drawn between the potential malfunctions of hernia repair mesh and that of transvaginal mesh, a product that is nearly identical in every way except for the size and shape, and manufactured and sold by the same companies. Medical device companies have paid billions of dollars in settlements to women who are in constant pain and rendered permanently incontinent by the transvaginal mesh.

Hernia repair mesh patients have been left in crippling pain and those with previously active lifestyles report that they can now no longer bend over to tie their shoes. Plastic mesh devices tend to degrade into multiple pieces and scatter throughout the abdominal cavity making them difficult to locate with only a single surgical attempt. Thousands of patients that were injured by hernia repair mesh have hired hernia mesh attorneys and filed claims against Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and maker of the failed Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Hernia Mesh. The Ethicon Physiomesh was voluntarily recalled from the market in 2016 due to an alarming rate of patients reporting device failure requiring revision surgery.

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