Legal Help for Mesh Failure, Revision, & Erosion
Surgical mesh is an implant or patch used by physicians during surgical procedures. The most dangerous type of mesh implants, according to reports of failure and injuries to the FDA, are mesh devices made of synthetic material. Most implants are similar to a gauze patch or screen, although there are many varieties used widely in surgical procedures. Synthetic mesh implants are used to repair hernias, treat stress urinary incontinence, stabilize the uterus, to repair atrial septal defects, and organ prolapse. Hundreds of thousands of people have had mesh implants, but until recently the full scope of mesh erosion complications and side effects like adhesion to nearby organs was unknown.
Our mesh lawsuit lawyers represent people harmed from mesh implant complications, pursuing compensation for mesh injuries and dangerous side effects. While some types of medical mesh have been recalled, a specific mesh recall brand is not needed to file a claim for compensation after experiencing mesh problems.
Types of Troublesome Mesh Include
What Type of Surgical Mesh Can Injured Patients File a Claim For?
Surgical mesh has been used for decades in various types of applications. Some of the most common types of synthetic mesh implants and mesh patches are used in surgical procedures that the manufacturers did not originally intend them for.
Which Mesh Complications Can Patients Seek Compensation For?
If your doctor told you that your mesh implant eroded, was rejected, migrated, or has obstructed your bowel or other organ you should seek legal counsel. These are serious side effects of mesh that if diagnosed by a physician, could make you eligible for a settlement or lawsuit compensation from the surgical mesh manufacturers responsible. Patients can file a lawsuit for a wide range of mesh side effects and complications.
Which Mesh Complications Can Victims File a Lawsuit For?
Plaintiffs have filed claims after experiencing the following painful side effects of surgery using medical mesh:
- Mesh Erosion
- Bladder Perforation
- Mesh Revision Surgery, Resection, or Corrective Removal Surgery
- Sepsis, or Serious Infection at Implant Site
- Mesh Adhesion, or Attachment to Nearby Organs
- Mesh Rejection
- Mesh Obstruction
- Abdominal Perforation, Bowel Perforation, Intestinal Perforation, or Uterine Perforation
- Perforated Colon or Diverticulum of the Colon
- Mesh Failure
Problematic Mesh Brands & Models
One of the most problematic mesh manufacturers is C.R. Bard, but there are close rivals vying for a spot in the limelight including Coloplast, American Medical Systems, and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon brand. Below is a summary of problematic mesh brands, and specific mesh products that have inspired the most litigation.
- C.R. Bard Davol: Kugel Mesh Patch, Hugel Hernia Patch, Pelvilace, Collagen Matrix, Avaulta, Pelvisoft BioMesh, Avaulta Plus.
- Coloplast Corporation: Aris Transobturator Sling, Novasilk Vaginal Mesh, Omnisure Sling, Restorelle SmartMesh, Minitape Sling, Exaire Vaginal TVM, Supris Suprapubic Sling.
- Atrium: C-Qur Hernia Mesh, Recalled C-Qur Edge Hernia Mesh, C-Qur V-Patch.
- Cook Medical: Surgisis Biodesign Mesh, Surgisis Bladder Mesh, Pelvic Repair System.
- American Medical Systems(AMS): Strasisis Urethral Sling, Surgisis Posterior Pelvic Floor Graft, Surgisis Tissue Graft (1, 2, 3, and 4 layer), BioDesign Tissue Graft (1, 4, and 8 layer), BioDesign Posterior Pelvic Floor Graft, BioDesign Vaginal Erosion Repair Graft.
- Boston Scientific: Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit (pelvic mesh), Obtryx Sling System, Arise Vaginal Support System, Prefyx Pelvic Prolapse System, PolyForm Synthetic Mesh, Obtryx Transobsturator Mid-Urethral Sling, Lynx Suprapubic Urethral Sling.
- Neomedic: Contrasure Needleless Sling System, SureLift Mesh System, Kim System, Uplift Mesh System, TRT Remeex System, Neomedic Pelvic Repair System (pelvic mesh), Neomedic Vaginal Sling (transvaginal mesh).
- Ethicon: Physiomesh, Gynecare, Composite Mesh, Pelvic Repair System.
- LifeCell Corporation: Strattice Hernia Mesh, LifeCell Tissue Matrix Surgical Mesh.
Contact an Experienced Mesh Lawsuit Attorney
If you are experiencing any of these complications or have been diagnosed with one of these conditions after surgery, call the mesh implant lawsuit attorneys at Baron & Budd, P.C. to see if you are eligible to file a claim.
Answers to Common Questions About Mesh Injuries & Litigation
Mesh erosion occurs when the mesh screen used to stabilize or promote tissue begins to break down and erode or detaches. Mesh erosion can occur when the patch or screen breaks down, but it can also occur spontaneously soon after surgery or years later. Because the mesh acts as the support structure in pelvic slings, bladder slings, and to patch torn tissue at hernia sites, when it fails the results can be catastrophic.
Eroding mesh can travel away from the hole it was implanted to cover, causing a recurrent hernia. In more severe cases, vaginal mesh can travel away from the vaginal wall and attach to another organ.
When mesh unexpectedly attaches to another organ, to the abdomen, or other surrounding tissue, it is called mesh adhesion. Sometimes a partial mesh detachment occurs, connecting the organ the site was implanted onto the abdominal wall or another organ, and perforating the original surgical site.
Mesh erosion and adhesion can cause bowel, intestinal, bladder, and abdominal perforation when an unnatural attachment occurs between two organs or groups of tissue and then becomes torn from normal movement.
If you were diagnosed with medical mesh adhesion, erosion, failure, or infection you should seek legal counsel. Our attorneys can see if you are eligible to receive compensation from a settlement or trial verdict in a mesh lawsuit.
Surgical mesh failure occurs when the mesh screen tears, fails to hold tissue together, when the mesh erodes, or is rejected by the patient’s body. Mesh erosion is a type of mesh failure that can be permanent, and in some cases fatal when internal bleeding from perforation goes unnoticed or causes infection. Serious infections can cause sepsis, or blood poisoning, which can be deadly. Mesh failure does not always occur because of mesh erosion, it can also occur because of other factors.
Sometimes mesh implants are rejected by the patient’s body. This can be because of an allergy to the synthetic polymer the mesh is made of or a number of factors. When surgical mesh rejection occurs, the only way to make the patient’s suffering stop is to remove (or excise) the mesh implant. However, mesh implant removal surgery is very risk and often devastating for the patient. The damage caused in some cases cannot be repaired, leaving patients incontinent and causing other types of permanent damage.
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort or fever after mesh implant surgery you should consult with your doctor as these are common signs of mesh complications.
Mesh revision surgery is a corrective surgery aimed at removing troublesome mesh because of adhesion, infection, rejection, mesh failure, or recurrence of hernia. Mesh revision complications are serious, and often may involve removal of surrounding tissue and/or organs.
If you had mesh removal surgery or revision after a hernia repair, POP surgery, hysterectomy, or having any transvaginal mesh implant and are suffering from complications, we can help.
- Surgical Site Pain
- Jerking or Spasm Sensation at Surgery Site
- Unexplained Groin, Abdominal, or Pelvic Pain
- Sudden Excruciating Pain
- Recurrence of Hernia
- Fever with Surgery Site Pain
- Feeling of Electric Shock, Hot or Cold Sensations that Could be Nerve Damage
- Intestinal or Bowel Complications
- Bladder Infections
If you experience any of these symptoms or another painful condition, please contact your doctor immediately.
Surgical mesh is most commonly used in hernia repair surgery, to treat pelvic organ prolapse, to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and used as a permanent implant to reinforce the abdominal wall, pelvic wall, posterior wall of the inguinal canal, uterus wall, urethra, and bladder.
Hernia repair surgery includes a synthetic mesh implant 90% of the time. The most common types of hernia repair mesh include inner groin hernia (inguinal); outer groin hernia (femoral); surgical site or incisional hernias; umbilical hernias (navel); abdominal hernias; and hiatal hernias (upper abdominal).
While the results of a lawsuit are never guaranteed, recent verdict awards, settlements, and compensation amounts for mesh complication lawsuits have been strong.
Mesh Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
$73.5 Million Settlement for Boston Scientific Mesh Victims
In 2014 a Dallas, Texas jury awarded a Martha Salazar with a $73.5 million mesh lawsuit settlement and verdict award from Boston Scientific, the company that manufactured the mesh. The woman had a bladder sling mesh implant that was supposed to help mild bladder incontinence and occasional urine leakage. After the painful implant, Salazar had to endure four major surgeries and has permanent damage. The court found Boston Scientific guilty of gross negligence, making the plaintiff eligible for punitive damage claims that brought the grand settlement amount up to over $73 million dollars.
$100 Million Settlement for Ethicon Mesh Victims
In 2016 Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $100 million dollar mesh settlement to plaintiffs injured from Ethicon transvaginal mesh. Ethicon is a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson corporation, amassing huge litigation costs since transvaginal mesh complication lawsuits began in 2010. A voluntary Ethicon mesh recall was issued in 2012, although neither Johnson & Johnson or Ethicon ever acknowledged the sudden stop to manufacturing or distribution publicly as a recall.
Contact Our Mesh Lawsuit Attorneys
Call 866-829-0176 now to schedule a free consultation with our surgical mesh litigation team. We will discuss the details of your case and if you qualify, we can help you file a claim at no upfront cost to you. We have decades of experience successfully fighting for victims injured by defective medical implants like mesh, and we look forward to helping you and your family.
The attorneys at Baron & Budd have helped people suffering from various mesh injuries including hernia mesh complications, and we are here to help those harmed by any brand of surgical mesh. Our attorneys are currently taking cases across the country, offering nationwide representation. We are pursuing lawsuits in Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Diego, California to better serve you.