Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Hernia mesh used in hernia repair surgeries may have been responsible for thousands of serious adverse events. Many of these victims have filed hernia mesh lawsuits against manufacturers like C.R. Bard, Ethicon, and Atrium Medical, for injuries caused by their surgical mesh devices.

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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Hernia mesh is a surgical product used to stabilize tissue during a hernia repair surgery and is used in about 90% of hernia repairs. It is also a common cause of serious complications that may occur after a hernia repair surgery and in some cases, may increase the risk of hernia recurrence and life-threatening events.

Manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Atrium Medical and Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson have faced thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits filed by people who were injured or suffered complications due to the use of hernia mesh.

Hernia Mesh Complications

The FDA has addressed a high rate of serious side effects which have been linked to the use of surgical hernia mesh.

The most common adverse events associated with hernia mesh use include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction

The FDA has also noted that in an analysis of serious medical events reported to the agency, bowel perforation and obstruction were most commonly caused by recalled surgical mesh products.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Overview

hernia meshHernia mesh is a surgical product used to stabilize abdominal tissues during a hernia repair surgery. It is used in about 90% of all hernia repairs which are performed about 800,000 times each year in the U.S. Unfortunately, thousands of these patients may experience severe side effects or complications as a result of the use of hernia mesh during their repair surgery.

Hernia mesh manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Atrium Medical and Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, may be facing more than 50,000 lawsuits for injuries caused by their devices.

Surgical mesh used for hernia repair surgery is a mesh-like device which may be constructed out of natural or synthetic materials like polypropylene, a type of plastic which may degrade after implantation. It is the same type of material used in other surgical repair products including many transvaginal mesh and bladder sling devices which have resulted in thousands of medical injury lawsuits.

Hernia Mesh Complications

In April of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration addressed the high rate of serious side effects which occur with hernia mesh, stating:

Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh that have been reported to the FDA have been associated with recalled mesh products that are no longer on the market. Pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation are the most common complications associated with recalled mesh.

Hernia mesh may cause serious side effects including:

  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Infection
  • Bowel blockage
  • Tissue fusion
  • Mesh migration
  • Organ perforation
  • Mesh shrinkage
  • Hernia recurrence

In many cases, adverse events or complications have required additional surgeries to remove the defective device, repair the original hernia and repair or reconstruct damaged tissues. Additional surgeries place the patient at added risk and may require lengthy recovery periods.

Hernia Mesh Manufacturers

Surgical mesh was intended to reduce complications and increase the success rate for hernia repair surgeries. Synthetic surgical mesh was first introduced over five decades ago but did not see widespread use until the late 1980s and 90s. By 2000, numerous reports of serious complications began to emerge, but the use of surgical mesh has continued to grow. Today, about 90% of all hernia repair procedures are done using a surgical mesh implant.

Notable hernia mesh products which have caused severe side effects or complications include:


Hernia Mesh Product



Prolite Polypropylene Mesh
C-QUR Mosaic
C-QUR TacShield

C-QUR Edge
C-QUR Lite Mesh V-Patch
C-QUR Mesh V-Patch


3D Max Mesh
Bard (Marlex) Mesh Dart
Composix L/P
Composix E/X
Kugel Hernia Patch
Modified Kugel Hernia Patch
Sepramesh IP
3D Light Mesh
AlloMax Surgical Graft
Bard Mesh
Bard Mesh PreShaped

Dulex Mesh
PerFix Light Plug
PerFix Plug
Ventralex Hernia Patch
Ventralex ST Patch
Ventralight ST Patch
Ventrio ST
Ventrio Patch
Composix Kugel Hernia Patch


PROLENE 3D Patch Polypropylene Mesh
PROLENE Polypropylene Hernia System
ULTRAPRO Hernia System
PROLENE Soft Polypropylene Mesh
Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh

PROLENE Polypropylene Mesh
ULTRAPRO Partially Absorbable
Lightweight Mesh
PROCEED Surgical Mesh
PROCEED Ventral Patch


Parietex Composite Dual Facing Mesh



Gore Bio-A Hernia Plug

Gore Dualmesh Biomaterial
Gore Dualmesh Plus Biomaterial


Duatene Bilayer Mesh
Parietene DS Composite Mesh
Versatex Monofilament Mesh
Symbotex Composite Mesh

Parietex Flat Sheet Mesh
Parietex Plug and Patch System
Parietex Lightweight Monofilament

Hernia Mesh Withdrawal

Despite thousands of serious adverse event reports, only a few hernia mesh products have been removed from the market. A class I recall was issued by the FDA for the Composix Kugel Patch manufactured by C.R. Bard in 2006 but the majority of Bard’s products remain on the market.

In May of 2016, after thousands of reports of serious injury had been received by the FDA and a clinical study showed a higher than normal rate of revision surgeries, an emergency safety alert was issued by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division which withdrew its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh products from the market, but other Ethicon hernia mesh products are still available.

Atrium C-QUR mesh has been the subject of numerous warning letters regarding the sterility of the products, and manufacturing defects. Manufacturing was temporarily stopped in 2015 and the C-QUR line has been named in multiple complaints and lawsuits but it has not been withdrawn from the market.

Hernia Mesh Settlements

Manufacturers of hernia mesh devices are currently facing thousands of lawsuits for injuries caused by their use. Some trials have already taken place but many have not been settled and more may be expected.

Notable hernia mesh settlements include:

C.R. Bard – Davol division

C.R. Bard and its device division, Davol, has paid out hundreds of millions for a class-action lawsuit and medical injury lawsuits filed over its Composix Kugel mesh, transvaginal mesh products and other surgical mesh. The company is currently facing more than 1800 federal lawsuits, most of which have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) . In addition to federal lawsuits, nearly 200 have also been filed in state courts. The most commonly named Bard mesh products are the Composix E/X and Composix LIP mesh but others are included as well.

Ethicon and parent company, Johnson & Johnson

Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson have faced some of the most publicized lawsuits for both transvaginal and hernia mesh. About 1,400 federal lawsuits filed due to injuries caused by Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Georgia but many more may be expected, and more may be filed in state courts. The first federal trial has been set for September 2019.

Atrium Medical

Atrium Medical is facing over 500 federal lawsuits for its C-QUR surgical mesh products. These have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Hampshire, but the company may be expecting additional filings for both federal and state cases. Federal lawsuit trials are expected to begin in February of 2020.

Filing a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Hernia mesh may have been responsible for thousands of injuries, some of which are severe or life-threatening. Past medical injury cases have resulted in compensation for medical costs, lost wages, future medical costs and pain and suffering. Each case is unique and must be considered separately but some cases have resulted in settlements or awards which reach into the tens or hundreds of thousands or more.

If you or a loved one received a hernia mesh implant and were diagnosed with:

  • Mesh erosion
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Fistula
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Sepsis
  • Organ perforation
  • Bowel paralysis or obstruction

You may be eligible for compensation.

People or their loved ones who received a hernia mesh product made by C.R. Bard, Ethicon, Atrium Medical or another company and who experienced complications due to the device, should have their case evaluated by a legal expert.

Attorneys from Seeger Weiss are part of the Executive Committee that will lead the MDL-2846 cases against C.R Bard for injuries and complications caused by Bard Hernia Mesh. Multidistrict litigation (MDL), commonly used to consolidate federal lawsuits into one U.S. district court to allow for pooling of information and resources, is guided by a small number of experienced lawyers on the MDL executive committee.

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