What is Hernia and Hernia Mesh Patch?

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Hernia is a disorder that occurs when an organ, an intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. It often occurs at the abdominal wall. And it can be visible as an external bulge when straining or bearing down. Anything that causes an increase in pressure in the abdomen can cause a hernia such as lifting heavy objects without stabilizing the abdominal muscles, diarrhea or constipation, persistent coughing or sneezing, obesity, poor nutrition and smoking. These are activities that can weaken muscles and can trigger hernia occurrences.

There are several treatment options for Hernias. And one of the options is through Surgical Mesh. A Surgical Mesh is a device that is used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue. They are commonly created from synthetic materials or animal tissues. Although surgeons commonly use plastic-like materials such as polypropylene in a form of a patch that goes under or over the weakness or can be a form of a plug that goes inside the hole.

The Bard Kugel Hernia Patch is a self- expanding two-layered mesh with an extruded polymer ring. The ring adds stability to the device enabling greater simplicity and assurance in the proper placement of the patch.

KUGEL MESH PATCH AND HOW IT IS DONE?

The Bard Kugel Mesh Patch Technique offers a cost-effective alternative to laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs for surgeons who wanted to have a true preperitoneal repair. It is performed via an open posterior approach to the preperitoneal plane using local anesthesia.

Instructions on How to Use the Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch:

Step 1: Make a Small Incision. An incision of 3 to 4 centimeters is enough.

Step 2: Form a Preperitoneal Pocket.

Step 3: Position the Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch. By positioning the slit of pocket using the fingers, roll the patch around the finger and insert into the previously created pocket. The “memory recoil ring” enables simplified positioning.

Step 4: Secure the Patch and Close.

The benefits of the Kugel Hernia Patch include the following: It is less invasive, it covers the entire groin, reducing the risk of recurring or missed hernias and the memory coil ring helps the patch springs open and maintain shape.

RECALL, SIDE EFFECTS AND COMPLICATIONS

However it was later shown that specific lots of the Composix Kugel Mesh patch were recalled in December 2005 by manufacturer Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc., after it was discovered that the memory recoil ring, which opens the device, can buckle or break under the stress of placement in the intra-abdominal space.

If the Composix Kugel Mesh hernia patch fails as a result of the memory recoil ring buckling or breaking inside the abdomen, it can cause perforation of the intestines, ring migration through the abdominal wall, fistulae, abscesses, bowel obstruction and sepsis.

The symptoms one could expect to experience include fever, abdominal tenderness, nausea, diarrhea, abnormal bowel movements and abdominal distention.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged patients determine if they have a Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch that is part of the FDA hernia mesh recall. The FDA recently issued a “Class 1” recall of certain hernia mesh repair patches because the defect associated with the use or exposure to certain Kugel Mesh Large Patches which carry a reasonable probability to cause serious adverse health consequences, including death.

It’s standard operating procedure for manufacturers to settle complaints right away in the hopes of not escalating the complaint into a lawsuit. Some may prefer to go for outside the court settlement because it is quicker and less stressful. But how can a victim know on the exact compensation she is entitled of when the case is not studied thoroughly.

Law experts are oushing victims of such medical devices to go for filing a case because victims may be entitled for different kinds of compensations. Some may not be known to it but injuured victims may recover compensation for medical bills, including repair and future treatments, loss of income due to inability of the victim to report to work, compensation for the pain and suffering and, and lastly for the attorney fees.

KUGEL MESH LAWSUITS AND UPDATES

As of January 2007, the number of recalled Composix Kugel Mesh products exceeded 100,000 units. Of these, the FDA received 34 reports of ring breakage, 21 of which caused serious patient injury and one resulted in death. The majority of the cases which have seen side effects due to the device have caused the patients to undergo reconstructive surgery to remove the device.

There has actually been a bellwether case tried in the country as part of the federal multi district litigation against Davol that has seen a courtroom. The plaintiffs’ legal team handled key witnesses at trial including the plaintiffs’ chief liability expert witness, a bioengineer. After a 4 week jury trial, the 9 person jury unanimously found that the Composix Kugel Hernia Patch which was placed in over 100,000 patients was defective and unreasonably dangerous due to its propensity to change shape and buckle in the body.

This victory against the Kugel Hernia Repair Mesh Patch companies is great news for those who believe that have been injured by the device. Potential plaintiffs who believe they have been injured by Kugel Hernia Repair Mesh Patches can visit a lawyer to see what their potential legal options are.

Sources:

webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-hernia-basics
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Center
davol.com/default/assets/File/Kugel%20IFU%20PK3795759.pdf
davol.com/default/assets/File/Product_Files/Kugel_SS.pdf
mmdnewswire.com
fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm062944.htm