Kugel Mesh Settlement Amounts

A hernia mesh infection can occur after the mesh is implanted in the body. While an infection can occur during any hernia surgery—with or without a mesh patch—a pattern has developed that shows that one manufacturer’s hernia mesh patches, in particular, are causing these infections. Please contact us for the latest Kugel mesh settlement amounts news.

What manufacturer and what products are causing infections?
The hernia mesh patches that have been associated with infections were manufactured by Davol, Inc. They have been released under the brand names Bard, Composix, and Kugel. These mesh patches were approved by the FDA in 1996.

Are these products still on the market?
The hernia mesh patches that have caused most infections are no longer on the market. The first hernia mesh recall was issued on December 22, 2005, when Davol, Inc. recalled its extra large Kugel mesh patch. In March 2006, the recall was expanded. Since the March 2006 recall expansion, Davol received four confirmed complaints of recoil ring breakage from one of their product codes manufactured between January 2004 and September 2005. Davol issued letters to hospitals and health care professionals on March 24, 2006, alerting them to the additional recalled products.

On January 10, 2007, Davol, Inc. issued another hernia mesh recall for patches that were manufactured before October 2005. Davol sent letters to health care professionals and distributors notifying them of the most recent expansion of this recall of specific lots of Bard, Composix, and Kugel mesh patches. The letter stated that surgeons and hospitals should stop using the recalled product and return unused units to the company.

 

What effects do hernia mesh infections cause?
In some cases, the ring in the Kugel mesh patch has broken. This has caused the hernia mesh infection, which has lead to severe injuries to patients’ internal organs and tissue, including bowel obstructions, bowel perforations, and chronic enteric fistulas. Other complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (when the loops of the intestines adhere to each other or the mesh), and injuries to nerves or blood vessels.

What should I talk to my doctor about before receiving a hernia mesh?
Before having a hernia operation, be sure to let the surgeon know if you’ve had a past reaction to materials used in surgical mesh or sutures, such as polypropylene. The FDA also recommends that you ask specific questions about hernia mesh complications, including the pros and cons of using a surgical mesh, and, if a surgical mesh will be used, what’s been the doctor’s experience with this particular product, and with treating potential hernia mesh complications?

What should I do if I have suffered an infection from a hernia mesh?
If you have experienced any hernia mesh infection, seek immediate medical treatment. Once you have stabilized, you should contact an experienced hernia mesh recall lawyer right away.