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What you need to know about hernia mesh

  • December 19, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • hernia mesh, medical product liability, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, product liability lawyer, surgical mesh, transvaginal mesh, Will Davidson LLP,

Last week, we looked at the risks associated with transvaginal mesh and discussed how a product liability or personal injury lawyer can help. Today, we’ll look at a similar but distinct subject: hernia mesh.

What is hernia mesh, and how is it used?

Hernia mesh is a medical device that is surgically implanted with the intention of repairing the hernia. The doctor will surgically place a piece of mesh sheet over the affected area.

How do I know what type of mesh my doctor used on me?

There are many different types of hernia mesh, and to determine what type you received, you will need a copy of the manufacturer’s product sticker, which is usually found on the Operative Report. You can request a copy of your Operative Report from the hospital where you had surgery.

What risks and reported complications are associated with my doctor using hernia mesh in my operation?

Multiple complications have been reported with hernia mesh use. The most common complications are: pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, perforations and bowel obstruction.

 Has hernia mesh been recalled?

In 2005, there were recalls involving various types of hernia mesh, when parts of the mesh were breaking and causing injury to tissue and nearby organs.

More recently, in June 2016, Health Canada recalled Johnson & Johnson’s “Physiomesh” after it was discovered that the recurrence and reoperation rates after hernia repair using this mesh were higher than the average rates of other meshes.

I have suffered injuries caused by mesh, what are my legal options?

Your legal options will depend on what specific brand of mesh you received. You may be eligible to join a class action or initiate an individual action against the manufacturers of your hernia mesh product. Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options further.

If I pursue legal action, who will be named as a Defendant?

Will Davidson LLP is only issuing Statements of Claim as against the manufacturers of the mesh and their related companies.

How do I know whether I should join a class action or file an individual action?

There are various factors to determine whether a person is better suited for an individual action or a class action. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Will Davidson LLP for a free consultation to discuss your specific case.



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