Mesh Hernia Patches Recalled
Hernias are defined as the protrusion of an organ, or a part of an organ through connective tissue, or the wall cavity in which the organ is enclosed. These sac like protrusions usually occur in the groin; upper stomach area, usually protruding into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm; around the belly button; around the upper thigh; or through a scar left by abdominal surgery.
Although treatable through the use of medication, a way to permanently repair a hernia is through surgery. Surgery often becomes necessary when the hernia strangulates intestinal tissue, or affects other areas of the body that could lead to serious health conditions.
While surgery to repair hernias has been performed as early as the 1700′s, procedures have substantially advanced over the past 200 years. Beginning in the late 1950′s, mesh patches became commonly used to repair these ailments.
These patches were initially made of polyethylene, but today are made up of a compound known as polypropylene, and can be applied through open surgery, or through laparoscopic surgery, depending on the location of the hernia.
Hernias not presenting secondary and substantial health risks are usually treated by a process called, herniorrhayhy, which involves pushing back the hernia, and placing a mesh material over the defective area. While effective, this process often comes at a high risk of infection, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The mesh sheets used in these operations have often times been subjected to FDA recalls. As recently as March of 2010, the FDA issued a warning that counterfeit mesh sheets were being marketed in the United States, some of which were distributed throughout New Jersey.
Numerous complications have arisen from the use of these counterfeit sheets, such as adverse reactions to the mesh material, adhesions of the mesh material to the intestines, and injuries to organs, blood vessels and nerves throughout the body.
In June of 2010, the distributor of these goods issued a voluntary recall of the harmful products; a recall which the FDA deemed a Class I recall: the most serious of recalls, involving situations in which the product being recalled will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
These patches have been placed into the marketplace and distributed throughout New Jersey. The companies that manufactured and distributed these patches have been the source of recent litigation, as person’s harmed by these products are standing up for their rights.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by these hernia patches, the New Jersey personal injury law firm, the Clark Law Firm, P.C., may be able to help. The experienced New Jersey accident attorneys at our firm don’t tolerate dangerous products in the marketplace, especially when they involve your health, and neither should you. Our New Jersey accident attorneys are here for you and those you love, so contact the Clark Law Firm, P.C. today to see if we can help.