Defective Hernia Mesh Attorneys
If You’ve Suffered Mesh-Related Complications, Call (866) 772-9960
Every year, there are nearly one million hernia repairs performed in the United States. Hernias occur when some internal tissue protrudes or "bulges" through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle. Since the 1940s, hernia meshes have been implanted in patients during surgery to patch and strengthen the muscle wall (before, the weak spot was simply stitched closed). Nowadays, around 500,000 meshes are placed per year.
But there is no "ideal" mesh - and some of the ones on the market are ridiculously harmful. Many are constructed with polypropylene, the same plastic used in soda bottles, which is NOT safe for permanent implantation in the human body.
If you’re suffering complications from a mesh implanted during hernia repair surgery, call Rhine Law Firm, P.C., right away. We are fighting several big "brand name" mesh manufacturers to get compensation for injured clients.
Hernia Mesh Overview
Worldwide, more than one million meshes are used to repair hernias every year. In the U.S., about 90% of hernia repair surgeries are done with mesh. Mesh is considered "superior" because it lowers the risk of re-herniating the same area, which is a problem for suture-only repair. Mesh has other benefits as well, including shorter recovery times and greater range of motion for patients.
Are meshes always necessary to repair hernias? No. And especially not in laparoscopic repairs, in which the surgeon makes a few small cuts (usually less than ½ inch wide) just large enough to fit his tools through to repair the hernia. In these cases, there are several other methods of suturing that don’t bring the same risks as implanting mesh.
Hernia meshes are made from both natural and synthetic materials, and many are composite: a blend of materials (usually polypropylene, polyester and ePTFE) with a coating that supposedly forms a "barrier" between the plastics and the body tissue. None of these synthetic materials are without serious disadvantages. A 2016 study found that 31% of hernia patients developed staph infections and almost 10% required medical intervention. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Any pain, bleeding, or infection after your hernia surgery could be a sign of serious internal complications. Speak to your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms:
- Post-operative infection
- Adhesion (scar-like tissue that bonds tissue together)
- Hernia recurrence (another hernia)
- Intestinal blockage
- Mesh migration
- Mesh contraction (shrinking of the mesh)
- Seroma (fluid buildup)
- Intestinal fistula
- Bowel perforation
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Open draining wound
In worst-case scenarios, people have been killed by defective and dangerous meshes. This is unacceptable. Often, additional surgery is required, from partial bowel removal to revision surgery to surgery to remove the harmful mesh altogether.
Brand Name Mesh Recalls
You probably don’t know what brand your mesh is, and that’s okay. But we at Rhine Law Firm, P.C., are currently taking on these companies and products:
- C.R. Bard (products with S/T ("Sepra Technology") coatings
- 3D Max Plug
- Perfix Plug
- C-QUR Patch Products
- Ethicon (part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies)
Generally speaking, these products were placed on the market despite the following known concerns:
- Minimal animal testing;
- No clinical trials;
- Warnings by physicians;
- Evidence that the company knew that the product was causing increased adverse events, yet trained the sales force to downplay these events and/or blame the doctors implanting the products.
In fact, with Ethicon Physiomesh, we know that at least one clinical trial was terminated due to concerns of increased adverse events. We also know that data from two large independent hernia registries showed an increased risk after implantation of Physiomesh as compared to other meshes. In May 2016, Ethicon issued an "URGENT FIELD SAFETY NOTICE" alerting surgeons that it was voluntarily recalling the product.
What to Do If Your Mesh Is Harming You
Seek medical treatment right away - and speak to an experienced attorney. Keep track of your symptoms and dig up all your medical records. There are two things we need to know: How old is your implant? And how badly have you been hurt?
Dates and times are very important in high-stakes medical lawsuits like these. That’s why we ask that you give us the dates involved with your injury: when the surgery was performed, and approximately when your mesh-related symptoms started. The statute of limitations varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We are looking into cases in which the hernia mesh was implanted in 2007 or later.
Mesh manufacturers aren’t going to hand out justice without a fight. Stand up to these companies, and speak to the defective medical product attorneys at Rhine Law Firm, P.C.
Once you call us, we do the work for you: review your medical records, investigate the product, consult with hernia mesh experts, gather evidence, and fight for the maximum amount of compensation available. If necessary, we will take the case all the way to trial to get the best results. We’ll let you know exactly what to expect in a free, no-obligation consultation.
FAQs about Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Q: When should I call a lawyer?
A: If your mesh was implanted between 2007–present and you are suffering serious pain, bowel blockage, adhesions, infections, or had to have revision surgery, then you should definitely call us.
Q: Are you filing lawsuits for all types of hernia mesh?
A: No, it is not feasible to bring suits over all types of hernia meshes. Rhine Law Office, P.C., will be handling cases for meshes with a "composite" coating on them, which were implanted laparoscopically.
Q: How many meshes are "composite" meshes?
A: We estimate that as high as 40% of hernia meshes placed between 2010 and 2016 were composite-type meshes.
Q: Will you only take my case if I had to have revision surgery?
A: Not at all. We expect that quite a few potential clients have suffered greatly without having had additional surgery. If you have severe damages but didn’t have revision surgery, we want to hear from you.
Q: Do I have to know what mesh I have?
A: No. We don’t expect our potential clients to know exactly what type of mesh they have. However, it’s important that you speak to us as soon as possible so we can ID your mesh quickly.
Q: What does it cost to speak to a lawyer?
A: Nothing. Speaking to us is free. And if you become our client, you won’t be charged a dime unless we win you compensation.
Why Rhine Law Firm, P.C.?
With over 28 years of experience, Joel Rhine and his firm handle complex, technical litigation and take on big pharmaceutical companies regularly. He has won hundreds of millions of dollars for deserving clients. If you have questions, or suspect that your mesh is harming you, please call us right away at (866) 772-9960. The sooner we can get started on your case, the better.
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