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Chester County Product Liability Lawyers Advocate for Victims Injured by Defective Hernia MeshTwo well-known composite mesh manufacturers, Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-Qur, are being investigated over claims their products have presented serious health complications when used for hernia repair. Issues of infection, failure of the product, and the need for additional surgery are the primary problems with these two types of composite mesh. Though both manufacturers have already recalled some of the affected products, others are still in use. Patients suffering complications from the defective mesh may be able to recover financial damages through a product liability lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer.

Surgical Mesh Uses

Surgical mesh is most commonly used to repair a hernia. A hernia happens when an organ pushes through tissue somewhere in the body. Without surgical intervention, a hernia can cause a host of serious health issues including fever, pain, vomiting, and bowel problems. Hernias usually occur in the abdominal area, but can also be found in the upper thigh and groin. More than one million hernia repair surgeries are preformed every year in the U.S..

Surgical mesh is used to provide temporary or permanent support for organs, holding them in place. They are made from a variety of materials, both natural and synthetic. Some surgical mesh is designed to dissolve inside the body over time. When the mesh fails, it not only fails to support the organs as designed, it can also shrink, move around inside the body, or even pierce other organs.

The Food and Drug Administration was granted an injunction against Atrium C-Qur mesh because the rates of infection with its use were alarmingly high. As a result of this injunction, the maker is required to overhaul its facilities until they meet federal compliance and can demonstrate they are manufacturing surgical mesh in a reasonably safe and effective manner. While many medical professionals have discontinued the use of this product by now, it has not been entirely eliminated from use in surgery.

Many patients whose hernia repair surgery involved the use of Ethicon Physiomesh have experienced a high rate of revision – or additional surgery. Revision surgery is painful and puts patients at risk of infection. This manufacturer has not explained why their product is defective in so many cases, or advised surgeons as to how to use it more effectively. Any patient who has been implanted with these products as part of their hernia repair surgery should be closely monitored by their surgeon for possible complications. Those experiencing symptoms such as fever, pain, and nausea should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Chester County Product Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Victims Injured by Defective Hernia Mesh

Medical manufacturers are legally responsible to design and create products that are safe for their intended use. Surgery has its risks, but when a defective medical device causes needless and painful complications, manufacturers should be held accountable. If you or a loved one has experienced pain, infection, or the need for revision surgery due to defective hernia mesh, contact the Chester County product liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 215-569-8488 or contact us online. We have offices in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania, as well as Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware to serve you.