Surgical Mesh: Legal Definition

The definition of surgical mesh is a medical device surgeons use to reinforce weak or damaged tissue that can no longer maintain its natural shape or function. Surgical mesh is used in different types of surgeries, including hernia repair.

The medical device comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and is made of different materials, such as:

Animal Tissue

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pigs and cows are the primary sources of animal-tissue mesh. An animal’s intestine or skin is processed and disinfected before it is implanted.

Synthetic Material

Synthetic mesh consists of polypropylene, polyester, and other manmade material. Synthetic mesh can be absorbable, nonabsorbable or both. Absorbable mesh dissolves over time into a patient’s tissue while nonabsorbable mesh is intended to be permanent.

One manufacturer offers a hernia repair mesh implant processed from donated human cadaver skin.

Hernia Repair Mesh Can Cause Complications

Using surgical mesh for hernia repair helps reduce operation time, patient recovery time, and decrease the chances of a hernia returning, according to the FDA.

Surgical mesh, however, can also cause a number of complications and side effects when the device fails.

Patients have filed adverse event reports with the FDA over the problems caused by these faulty medical devices. According to the reports, surgical mesh failure following a hernia repair can cause:

  • Abscess formation
  • Bleeding
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Chronic pain
  • Fistula formation
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Mesh adhesion to internal organs
  • Mesh erosion
  • Mesh migration
  • Bowel perforation

Because of the complications, some patients have undergone one or more surgeries to remove the mesh.

The FDA and Surgical Mesh Complications

The FDA claims that many of the problems patients experienced were related to recalled surgical mesh. Most of the complications caused by the recalled product involved adhesion, pain, infection, and hernia recurrence.

However, people are currently filing adverse event reports with the FDA over surgical mesh that is still on the market.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filings

Patients across the United States are filing lawsuits against medical device manufacturers over the complications they experienced from their hernia mesh implant.

Patients are seeking compensation for medical bills, revision surgery, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by defective surgical mesh.

Contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC Today

If you have experienced complications following a hernia repair surgery that used surgical mesh, contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC.

We handle cases involving surgical mesh made by manufacturers such as Atrium Medical Corporation, Covidien, and C. R. Bard, Inc., and its subsidiary, Davol Inc. Our law firm represents clients nationwide.

We can help you obtain compensation for financial losses related to the failed surgical mesh. You may be able to recover damages that include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Our hernia complications lawsuit lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we recover compensation in your case.

Call us at 865-546-1111 for a free, no-obligation case review.