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The Number of Hernia Repair Mesh Lawsuits is Staggering

Hernia repair mesh failure knows no boundary and there is the possibility that they all may fail eventually

Monday, July 29, 2019 - Hernia repair mesh horror stories are being reported in every corner of the world, and the degree of pain and suffering that hernia mesh patients are suffering seems to know no boundaries and is increasing every day. There are so many hernia repair mesh failures for example that the "Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) said General Surgeons Australia was investigating the feasibility of establishing a mesh audit to monitor the 100,000 or so hernia mesh repairs that occur every year," according to ABC.net.AU. The investigation will run parallel to studies in the European Union where over 170,000 hernia repair mesh patients are expected to experience complications that could require revision surgery. Surgeons in Australia are skeptical of hernia repair mesh and many have retrained to practice natural-tissue hernia repair techniques. One of the biggest worries that medical health officials have is the latency period from the time of the original hernia mesh repair surgery to the date it eventually fails. If all hernia mesh fails at one time or another the medical community could be overwhelmed. In the United States, Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and maker of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Hernia Repair mesh, voluntarily withdrew the medical device from the worldwide market in 2016 due to an unacceptably high number of complaints that led to revision surgery. Persons who have been implanted with Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and have suffered from hernia mesh side effects or required revision surgery may be eligible for compensation through filing an Ethicon hernia mesh lawsuit.

Patients report that after a second hernia mesh repair surgery they have been left addicted to morphine and unable to work. Patients are relegated to merely sitting quietly unable to move around or lead a normal life. This is in stark contrast to the active, healthy lifestyles that patients led prior to hernia repair mesh implant surgery. Another hernia repair mesh failure patient reported a type of flesh-eating condition caused when his hernia repair mesh broke apart and pieces migrated to his sex organs and caused his testicles and penis to turn black. Like other medical device failures, surgeons were quick to tell him that his hernia mesh could not be the problem and that he was crazy to think it could. Failed hernia mesh can also cause bladder perforation and strangulation leading to incontinence. The result of a perforated bowel could be that the patient vomits his own feces.

At home, I was shocked to learn of the high number of lawsuits that have been filed over failed hernia repair mesh products. According to ABC News, "In the United States, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said as of February (2019) there were more than 54,000 hernia-mesh lawsuit cases pending in state and federal courts." Ethical, responsible hernia repair physicians are spurning the fast profits that laparoscopy and hernia repair mesh can bring in order to do what is right by the patient and use natural tissue to repair a hernia. The only benefit to hernia repair mesh laparoscopy is that there is a smaller incision needed to do the hernia repair and thus less initial recovery time, a small concession to the potential for medical horror that hernia repair mesh presents.

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