As of July 2018, more than 50,000 hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts.
Many studies show that the companies making these mesh implants knew or should have known that the plastic used to produce these products are not safe to use in humans. Unlike other devices or techniques that can be used to repair hernias, the polypropylene used to make some of the most popular hernia mesh devices use a type of plastic linked in many studies to:
• Pain — Patients have reported feeling aching, burning and/or sharp stabbing pain in the groin or near the incision site.
• Internal Bleeding — Internal bleeding can be identified with pain in the abdomen, and/or blood present in stool, urine or vomit.
• Infection — An infection which is tied to symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea or vomiting.
• Need for surgery — The symptoms may be severe enough to necessitate a corrective surgery, or even a complete removal of the mesh.
Court documents also show that the manufacturers of hernia mesh devices have been marketing and promoting the products for unnecessary use, such as the repair of smaller hernias that can be treated through laparoscopic surgery and stitches.