A Texas man is suing the manufacturer of the surgical mesh used to repair his hernia, alleging the device was defective and caused infections. The lawsuit was filed against C.R. Bard, maker of surgical mesh and other medical devices.
The man claims that shortly after surgery his pain became worse and his surgical site became infected. He underwent a second surgery, where surgeons found that the problem stemmed from the mesh dislodging and eroding.
Surgical mesh is a woven fabric used for chest wall reconstruction, strengthening tissues, providing for support for internal organs, and treating surgical or traumatic wounds. The fabric is usually made of Gore-Tex, Teflon, polypropylene or some other polymer. The most common types of surgical mesh are used for hernia repair, stress urinary incontinence (bladder sling), and for treating pelvic organ prolapse.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that surgical mesh used in the repair of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence had been associated with a higher rate of pain, bleeding, and infections than traditional surgeries and that malfunctions, injuries and death have occurred in some women who had been implanted transvaginally with the mesh. In some cases, multiple surgeries were required to remove the mesh. The FDA advised women to weigh the benefits of the mesh for pelvic organ prolapse repair against the risks.
No such warning has been issued for surgical mesh with hernia repair. But some patients, including the Texas man who filed suit against C.R. Bard, say they have experienced the same adverse effects as women who had mesh for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. C.R.Bard makes both hernia mesh and transvaginal mesh.
Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed against C.R. Bard and other makers of transvaginal mesh. The Texas man is asking the court to award him damages for medical expenses, loss of wage earning capacity, lost wages, physical impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and mental anguish, attorney’s fees, interest, and court costs.
Source: South East Texas Record