Surgical mesh is used in a variety of circumstances where medical specialists apply this as a remedy for damaged tissue in the body. One of the predominant areas where the mesh is used is within the repair of soft tissue in hernia patients. One of the main motivating factors for using a surgical mesh device is

​What is a Hernia?

​The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides that a hernia occurs when an organ, fatty tissue or an intestine pushes through an area of weakened muscle or connective tissue. Hernias can be visible, as a bulge protruding from the skin over the location of the hernia. The predominant area for hernias to develop or occur are at the abdominal wall.

Hernia Treatment Options

Hernia treatment issuesThe treatment or repair of a hernia can be conducted in either the Surgical or Non-Surgical route.

Non-Surgical

Although the non-surgical option is not an actual repair option, for those that do not suffer adverse effects due to a hernia, the treating physician may suggest that an attentive watch of the hernia and overall condition of the patient’s health be maintained. WebMD provides that the risk of this approach is that the protruding organ may become strangulated, where the blood supply is cut off, and which could result in infection and tissue death. The further implications of the aforementioned occurring can certainly have dire consequences for the patient, with the possible outcomes including intestinal obstruction, infection, gangrene, intestinal perforation, shock and ultimately even death of the patient. To this end many have elected a surgical repair option.

Surgical

The surgical treatment, and repair of a hernia is commonly referred to as a hernioplasty or a herniorrhaphy, where the former refers to the use of prosthetic devices, such as hernia mesh, and the latter is the stitching of the surrounding tissue to repair the hernia. Both of these procedures have shown the recurrence of a hernia, to different degrees, however, when dealing with defective hernia mesh serious health implications may arise, not to mention the range of additional medical expenses, associated pain and overall inconveniences to the victim of these types of defective medical products.

Hernia Mesh Recalls

According to the FDA recalls database, within the last 5 years there have been 24 recalls for various types of hernia mesh. The following highlights the number of recalls per recalling firm (manufacturer):

Recalling Firm Count of Recalls*
Davol, Inc., Subs. C. R. Bard, Inc. 20
Windstone Medical Packaging, Inc. 2
Medtronic Neuromodulation 1
Ethicon, Inc. 1
Totals 24

* According to the mentioned database, the recalls were all voluntary and conducted by the firm in question. All mesh recalls can be viewed here.