Manufacturers of Defective Hernia Mesh in the U.S.

There are various types of hernia mesh products designed and manufactured by a number of manufacturers. Some of these products were defective and caused injuries to patients of hernia repair surgery. If you have been injured by a mesh implant used for your hernia repair surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. (Please see our complete list of defective hernia mesh products currently the subject of legal claims.)

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Some hernia mesh products were defective and caused injuries to patients of hernia repair surgery.

1. What are the types and classifications of hernia meshes?

Hernia mesh products can come in the form of patches, plugs, or sheets. Each of these types can fall into other classifications. The classification either reveals how the mesh functions in the body or refers to the material used to make it. Patches, plugs, or sheets can be:

  • Absorbable
  • Non-Absorbable
  • Synthetic
  • Coated
  • Composite
  • Animal Derived.

2. What are some of the more specific mesh models used in hernia repair surgery that have caused injuries?

Given the number of surgeries in the U.S. alone adding up to more than one million a year, hernia mesh is a lucrative business. There are more than a couple handful of companies that manufacture hernia mesh. They range from start-ups to one of the world's largest medical products company: Johnson & Johnson. All hernia mesh products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But some of them were eventually recalled by either the company itself or the FDA due to defect products.

2.1 Bard

Bard, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of hernia mesh products. It is also the subject of FDA recalls and lawsuits.

2.2 Atrium

Atrium is another large producer of these devices, but it is its C-QUR model that has been the subject of lawsuits and FDA recalls.

2.3 Covidien

Covidien mesh products have also been linked to adverse effects. Lawsuits have recently been filed against its Parietex hernia mesh device.

2.4 Ethicon

Ethicon is a division of Johnson and Johnson. It's Physiomesh Flexible has been the subject of a recall and lawsuits.

2.5 Gore Medical

Gore Medical produces several different mesh products. Its Gore-tex mesh has been recalled due to it causing serious complications in patients.

2.6 Genzyme

Genzyme Biological is a smaller company that originally created the Sepramesh device, which was subsequently purchased by Bard. This device is known to have caused many complications.

3. How do you know which type of mesh device was used?

Off the top of your head, you probably don't know what mesh device was used. But if your doctor specifically told you for some reason, then you may know -- if you remember it.

You can, however, identify the device by reviewing your medical records. If you were unfortunately injured due to a defective product, your attorney will also review your medical records for you. At that time, your attorney can advise you of the kind of mesh.

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4. When should you see a lawyer if you have been injured by one of these products?

If you were injured or suffered any complications either directly after hernia repair surgery or years later due to a hernia mesh product, then you should consult with an attorney at your earliest convenience. Time is of the essence. There is a cap on the time you have to file a claim -- if you qualify. An experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorney will be able to review your case and advise you of your options for pursuing a hernia mesh lawsuit. Even if you do not qualify, it is still better to know than to always wonder about it.

At Shouse Law Group, we have local offices throughout California, but we represent clients all over the U.S. who have been injured by hernia mesh devices. Contact us today at (855) 396-0370 for a consultation.

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