Despite Injury Reports and Lawsuits, Some Doctors Still Consider the Surgical Mesh an “Important Tool”

When surgical mesh first came onto the market back in the 1990s, medical device manufacturers touted it as a faster and simpler method for treating conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and later, hernia repair. It was a minimally-invasive procedure that could be performed quickly and, most importantly, inexpensively....

Recent Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Allege Manufacturer Ethicon Was Aware of Problems – and Took No Action

A lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in New York earlier this month alleges that Ethicon, Inc., manufacturer of the Physiomesh hernia repair system, was aware of serious problems associated with the device, yet “failed to warn or notify doctors, regulatory agencies and consumers of the known severe...

Hernia Meshes are Causing the Same Issues They were Intended to Prevent: Some Personal Stories

In December 2013, Bill Tedford, a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama, underwent surgery in order to repair a hernia. His doctor used the Physiomesh Hernia Patch, a device that manufacturer Ethicon claimed was designed to prevent inflammation and the formation of scar tissue resulting in adhesion. Instead, that is...

When it Comes to the Hernia Mesh the FDA is Falling Down on the Job

While injuries and deaths due to the use of hernia meshes continue to rise and lawsuits against manufacturers pile up, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is either demonstrating total incompetence – or it is turning a blind eye to what is happening. It raises the question of just...

Bard Medical is At It Again With Defective Hernia Patches

Once again, Bard Medical – the company that brought defective products to the health care market that include the Avulta pelvic mesh (among several other models) and the Vena TechTM LP IVC filter – is facing lawsuits over yet another device that has been injuring and killing patients.The...