Mass Tort Law Firm in Las Vegas
Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez is currently investigating and accepting new claims for injuries related to implantation of hernia mesh during hernia repair procedures.
Hernia repair surgery is an incredibly common procedure, with an average of 700,000 abdominal hernia surgeries performed each year in the United States. While the majority of these operations are successful, with patients recovering quickly, not everyone is so fortunate. If your surgeon used hernia mesh during your procedure and you’re now suffering complications from that medical device, you may be eligible to file a hernia mesh lawsuit with a mass tort law firm.
Hernia Mesh and Potential Complications from Defective Devices
Hernia mesh, sometimes referred to as a hernia screen or hernia patch, is a type of medical device used following a hernia surgery to prevent or reduce the risk of the recurrence of a hernia. The mesh may be comprised of synthetic or biologic materials, or may be a combination of both. Generally, it will feature a coating comprised of fatty acids serving as a barrier to separate the mesh material from the patient’s tissues and organs.
However, defective hernia mesh can cause a variety of very serious complications. These complications most generally result from the mesh’s failure to properly sit or otherwise perform in the patient’s body. Medical problems that may arise include:
- Bowel obstruction
- A fistula which is the formation of a tunnel between the intestinal tract and stomach or other organ or tissue
- Organ obstruction or the perforation of an organ
- Severe pain in the abdomen, upper thigh region, or groin area
- Severe infection or abscess growth
Often times, these complications will necessitate additional surgery to either remove the mesh or otherwise treat each issue separately.
The FDA has Stepped in to Warn the Public of These Complications
The use of hernia mesh in the treatment of various types of hernias has come under heavy scrutiny by the FDA in recent years. In October 2014, the regulation agency issued its first Safety Communication announcing the concerning amount of patient reports of surgical mesh complications. Then in April 2016, the FDA published a more thorough informational article warning about the potential complications that could result from the use of hernia mesh during surgical repair operations.
On May 25, 2016, Ethicon recalled its Physiomesh flexible composite hernia mesh and issued a safety notice advising the medical community they would no longer sell the device due to the higher than anticipated rate of hernia recurrence and necessary subsequent operations to treat mesh complications.
Contact a Mass Tort Law Firm in Las Vegas
If you or a loved one are suffering or have suffered because of hernia mesh complications, contact the Las Vegas mass tort law firm of GGRM at 702-388-4476. Our attorneys are accepting and investigating claims throughout the Southern Nevada community.