What is hernia mesh?

Hernia mesh is a type of surgical mesh used during hernia repair surgeries.

Surgeons stitch in hernia mesh to support weakened or damaged tissue and to prevent the hernia from reopening or recurring.

There are various types of hernia mesh; some are made to remain permanently inside the body, while others are made to eventually be absorbed by the body.

Types of hernias

There are several different types of hernias, the most common being ventral hernias, which occur in the abdominal wall, often as a result of surgery.

Types of hernias:

Inguinal – occurs in the inner groin
Femoral – occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin
Incisional – occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen
Ventral – occurs in the gernal abdominal/ventral wall
Umbilical – occurs at the belly button
Hiatal – occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm

Hernia Mesh Problems & Complications

Certain hernia mesh products have been associated with increased rates of complications. Some of these complications are well-documented in the medical literature and have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience) database.

Hernia mesh complications include:

Chronic pain
Hernia recurrence
Allergic reaction
Fluid buildup called seroma
Hematoma, or the abnormal collection of blood outside a blood vessel
Fistula formation
Tissue or mesh erosion
Need for additional surgeries (revision surgeries)

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits & Settlements

Lawsuits are being filed against Ethicon Inc. and Atrium Medical due to an increased risk of complications caused by their Physiomesh and C-Qur mesh products. These complications include recurring hernias, the need for additional surgeries, and increased pain following surgery.

These are not class action lawsuits. Class actions are filed by one or more people on behalf of a large group affected in the same way by the same person or entity. If a settlement or verdict is reached, it is distributed equally among the plaintiffs in the suit.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits, on the other hand, are individual lawsuits. Even if they are certified as a mass tort or multidistrict litigation, any settlement or verdict reached is unique to each individual case. For example, when Ethicon agreed to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 lawsuits involving its transvaginal mesh products, the settlement was not divided equally among the plaintiffs. Instead, those who suffered the most damages were awarded the most money in the settlement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

If you’ve been injured by Ethicon’s Physiomesh or Atrium Medical’s C-Qur hernia mesh, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Other hernia meshes

Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-Qur are not the only hernia mesh products associated with increases in complications. Other hernia mesh products have also been linked to severe adverse events.

Other brands of hernia mesh:

R. Bard – Kugel, Supramesh, 3D Max, PerFix Plug, Ventralex ST Hernia Mesh
Medtronic – Parietex Composite Mesh, Surgipro, Parietex Plug & Patch System, Symbotex Mesh


Free Consultation