Hernia mesh is a screen-like surgical implant used to repair hernias, a condition that occurs when tissue or organs bulge through a weak spot or tear in abdominal muscle. Studies show mesh is effective at preventing hernia reoccurrence, and it is the standard for hernia repair. However, a number of these mesh products were recalled and patients report suffering from complications including infections, adhesions and bowel obstructions that require hernia mesh removal surgery. It is manufactured by Ethicon (J & J), Bard and others. These are many of the same manufacturers of transvaginal mesh.
- Injured had mesh implanted to treat hernia after January 1, 2006.
- Injured had surgery to remove or repair the mesh implant – or has a surgery scheduled to remove or repair the mesh. Note: there are two types of surgery with or without mesh to repair hernias: laparoscopic and open. In laparoscopic, the surgeon makes small incisions and inserts surgical tools through openings. This technique typically involves a shorter healing time and less blood loss, but is more challenging to perform and costs more. In open, the surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen near the hernia to repair the weak muscle area. Recovery time is about three weeks.
- Ethicon (J & J) – Physiomesh
- Bard – Composix Kugel Patch, Ventralex, Composix E/X and Composix Mesh
- Atrium – C-Qur