Hernias are caused by the protrusion of organ or fatty tissue through a weak point in the fascia. Fascia is the muscular and connective tissue that surrounds organs and other tissues. Anyone can experience a hernia, though men and older people are more at risk. ” A hernia is the protrusion of an organ, organic part, or other bodily structure through the wall that usually contains it.” Webster’s II New College Dictionary. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company; 1999;519,  ncbi 1.

Medtronic which was formerly Covidien manufactures numerous types of Parietex hernia mesh. Many victims have suffered severe complications, symptoms and side effects as a result of this hernia mesh device. Many hernia mesh law firms are pursuing Parietex mesh lawsuits against Medtronic alleging that the surgical mesh is defective and unsafe. These mesh law firms are seeking compensation, damages and justice on behalf of Parietex mesh victims. These lawyers are seeking lucrative hernia mesh settlements on behalf of their clients.

What causes a hernia?

An increase in pressure from an organ and a weakness in the fascia is always the cause of a hernia. Some hernias are genetic and can be present at birth. Most often, an increase in pressure from the abdomen causes the hernia. Increased pressure that causes hernias commonly occurs from constipation and diarrhea, lifting heavy objects without stabilizing the abdominal muscles, and severe and persistent coughing or sneezing. Obesity also increases the likelihood of a hernia. Lifestyle choices, such as smoking or poor diet, can also increase hernia risks by contributing to the weakening of the abdominal wall.

“Common causes of muscle weakness include:

  • failure of the abdominal wall to close properly in the womb, which is a congenital defect
  • age
  • chronic coughing
  • damage from injury or surgery” Healthline

“Factors that strain your body and may cause a hernia, especially if your muscles are weak, include:

  • being pregnant, which puts pressure on your abdomen
  • being constipated, which causes you to strain when having a bowel movement
  • lifting heavy weight
  • fluid in the abdomen, or ascites
  • suddenly gaining weight
  • surgery in the area
  • persistent coughing or sneezing”  Id.

When hernias become problematic, doctors perform surgery to repair the weak fascial point. Hernias often result in tissue poking through the weak point when a person bends or makes another motion. The tissue then pops back into its proper place when the patient lies down. Often, if the patient experiences no adverse effects, such as pain and reduced mobility, he or she will choose not to fix the hernia unless it becomes problematic. When hernias become problematic, doctors perform surgery to repair the weak fascial point. The repair involves insertion of a mesh into the fascia. After the surgery, the body’s tissue grows around the mesh, creating a barrier strong enough to contain the organ of fatty tissues.

Restrictions after a hernia surgery

The choice to delay the surgery often stems from the side effects and complications of the surgical procedure. Though many patients are able to have hernia surgery on an outpatient basis, the patient remains restricted from lifting heavy objects and making certain movements for several months afterwards. During this time period, the hole in the fascia remains in the process of closing. Lifting a heavy object, for example, could cause the hole to rupture once again, requiring another surgery.

Cases we are reviewing for hernia mesh lawsuits: Covidien: (Formerly Tyco) and now Medtronic:

  • Parietex
  • Parietex Composite Ventral Patch,
  • Parietex ProGrip Self-Fixating Mesh
  • Parietex Optimized Composite Mesh
  • Parietex Plug and Patch System
  • Parietex Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Mesh
  • Parietex Optimized Open Skirt Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Parastomal (PCO PM) Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Hiatal Mesh (PCO 2H)
  • Parietex Hydrophilic Anatomical Mesh
  • Parietex Folding Mesh
  • Parietex Flat Sheet Mesh
  • Parietex Lightweight Monofilament Mesh

Medtronic hernia mesh

Surgeons obtain hernia repair mesh from medical manufacturers, such as Covidien, now known as Medtronic. Unfortunately, some Covidien/Medtronic hernia repair mesh has been defective. As a result, many patients who have had Covidien/Medtronic mesh insertions have experienced severe complications that are not a normal result of hernia surgery. The complications are  allegedly a result of product defect.

Over the past several years, the Food and Drug Administration has received numerous complaints about Covidien / Medtronic’s entire line of hernia repair mesh. As a result, numerous lawsuits have been filed against Covidien/Medtronic. Patients have suffered numerous complications as a result of the  allegedly defective hernia mesh, which Covidien / Medtronic has failed to adequately address.

Some of the serious complications experienced by patients treated with Covidien / Medtronic hernia repair mesh include:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Infection
  • Adhesions, often resulting in scar tissue
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Mesh tearing
  • Mesh erosion
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh folding
  • Intestinal fistula
  • Spermatic cord injuries
  • Testicular Ischemia
  • Hernia recurrence

None of these complications are a result of hernia surgery. These complications result from a defective mesh product, which ultimately can hurt the patient more than it helps the patient. These are serious injuries resulting from an alleged product design flaw. These injuries result in severe suffering and debilitation.

Injuries from the defective mesh are also horrendously difficult to remedy. Because the mesh has grown into the tissues, removal is exceptionally complicated. Surgeons must carefully remove the encapsulated mesh from living tissue. This often cannot be done without causing some degree of additional pain and injury. In many cases, the mesh cannot be completely removed, resulting in patients having mesh fragments permanently stuck in their bodies.

“The factors that increase your risk of developing a hernia include:

Types of defective hernia repair mesh made by Covidien/Medtronic

Alleged design flaws and subsequent injuries occur across the entire Covidien / Medtronic hernia mesh product line. These mesh products are made from synthetic polypropylene and polyester. The tiny holes contained in the mesh allow surgeons to push the herniated material back in place, while reinforcing the weakened tissue wall.

The line of Covidien/Medtronic hernia mesh that may cause complications from design defect include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Parietex Composite Mesh
  • Parietex Plug and Patch System
  • Parietex Pro Grip Mesh
  • Parietex Optimized Open Skirt Mesh
  • Parietex Hydrophilic Anatomical Mesh
  • Parietex Folding Mesh
  • Parietex Flat Sheet Mesh
  • Parietex Lightweight Monofilament Mesh

I have suffered injuries from Covidien mesh, what type of compensation am I eligible for?

Because the defective products have resulted in pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of life quality, and financial losses for victims, compensation for all of those areas and more are available, depending upon the case. At the minimum, compensation includes cost of all past, current, and future medical treatment that results from the defective mesh, lost wages, and mental and physical pain. Additional damages for particular ways the defective mesh affected your life may also be available, as well as punitive damages.

What types of hernias was the mesh used to repair?

Covidien/Medtronic hernia-repair mesh has been used for many types of hernia repair. Common examples include inguinal, incisional, femoral, umbilical, and hiatal hernias. Regardless of the hernia type, people injured by the defective mesh are owed compensation.

What should I do if I suffered from a defective hernia mesh?

It’s critical to become part of the ongoing lawsuits against Covidien/Medtronic. Many hernia patients are involved in the litigation. If you or a loved one have been injured by defective hernia repair mesh, contact our office now.  There are no upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs. Settlement negotiations may take place, and we want to make sure you get all of the compensation you are entitled to receive.