A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue, most commonly a part of the intestine, squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. The hernia can be visible as an external bulge, particularly when straining or bearing down.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Hernias?
• Inguinal: occurs in the inner groin
• Femoral: occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin
• Incisional: occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen
• Ventral: occurs in the general abdominal/ventral wall
• Umbilical: occurs at the belly button
• Hiatal: occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm
Hernia repairs are very common and can be performed via open repair or by laparoscopic means. Unfortunately, hernias have a high rate of recurrence, and surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair, in hopes of reducing the rate of recurrence.
Surgical mesh is a medical device, and most of the surgical mesh devices currently available for use are constructed from synthetic materials or animal tissue. Surgical mesh made of synthetic materials can be absorbable, non-absorbable or a combination of the two. Animal-derived mesh are made of animal tissue, such as intestine or skin, that has been processed to be suitable for use as an implanted device. These animal-derived mesh are absorbable.
Non-absorbable mesh is intended to remain in the body indefinitely and is considered a permanent implant. Absorbable mesh will degrade and lose strength over time. It is not intended to provide long-term reinforcement to the repair site.
Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh have been reported to the FDA, and the majority of these mesh products remain on the market. Pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation are the most common complications associated with mesh.
Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Ethicon, manufactures a surgical mesh called Physiomesh. Physiomesh was withdrawn from the market in May of 2016, though Ethicon continues to maintain that they did not recall the product. Regardless, multiple studies demonstrated that Physiomesh had a high rate of complications, and Ethicon cannot explain why.
Atrium C-Qur is another type of surgical mesh with a high rate of complications. The FDA has issued several warnings letters and even sued Atrium Medical Corporation for violations. Removing the C-Qur mesh is very difficult and can result in further injury. The C-Qur hernia mesh remains on the market, even as lawsuits continue to be filed.
Help Is Available For Surgical Mesh Hernia Complications.
Numerous Bard surgical mesh products, including PerFix, 3DMax, Ventralex, Sepramesh and Composix E/X, have also been linked to high rates of complications.
If you or a loved one have been implanted with hernia surgical mesh and experienced complications, please contact us online or call us directly at 318.588.6303 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.