Physiomesh, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, isn’t the only hernia mesh currently under fire for its allegedly defective design.
The Ventralex ST Mesh, made by C.R. Bard and Davol, Inc., is getting its fair share of criticism, with similar claims of pain and infection as its sister product, Physiomesh.
Richard Stipelcovich of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, was implanted with a Ventralex ST Mesh to treat an incarcerated umbilical hernia on Oct. 4, 2016, at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. The surgeon was Dr. James E. Brown, who trusted Bard’s product to be as safe as it claimed to be.
Following the placement of the hernia mesh, Stipelcovich began experiencing severe pain, and on April 18, 2017, he was forced to undergo revision surgery due to a recurrent umbilical hernia. He then filed a lawsuit against Bard and Davol for his severe and chronic pain, which he blamed on the mesh implant.
Like Physiomesh, Ventralex is accused of having “caused Plaintiff severe and permanent bodily injuries, including but not limited to excruciating abdominal pain, physical pain and suffering, and economic losses,” according to the filed complaint.
The lawsuit accuses Bard and Davol of concealing the potential side effects and “unreasonably dangerous risks” of the hernia mesh. It also accuses the companies of being perfectly aware of the product defects, and doing nothing about it.
Stipelcovich claims he was never warned of the dangers or potential side effects of the hernia mesh, and demands patients and doctors be made aware of the dangers. In his lawsuit, Stipelcovich says he expects Bard to take responsibility for its lack of accountability.
“Defendants were aware or should have been aware that implanting the Product in patients was likely to cause injury and harm to the patients into whom the Product were implanted,” the lawsuit states. “Alternatively, Defendants failed to exercise reasonable care in determining the risks and potential adverse consequences of implanting the Product into patients.”
Like Ethicon, Bard is accused of a total lack of adequate testing to ensure the safety and efficacy of its hernia mesh products.