Mesh patches are now commonly used to repair hernias; when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, hernia repairs are common—more than one million hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S. Approximately 800,000 are to repair inguinal (“groin area”) hernias. The medical device company Bard, and its subsidiary Davol have two polypropylene hernia mesh patches that are of very questionable safety: the Bard 3DMax and the Bard PerFix Plug.
Inguinal hernia’s most frequently in men. The Bard 3DMax mesh patch frequently erodes into the spermatic cord in men, which attaches to the testes. Men are frequently reporting debilitating pain after implantation of the 3DMax hernia mesh. Removal of the 3DMAx can be extremely problematic, so difficult as to necessitating the removal of one or both testicles. Part of the problem appears to be that, while most hernia mesh products are flat meshes the 3DMax patch is a curved cup that is intended to be fitted for the inguinal canal. Like many other hernia meshes, the 3DMax is made of polypropylene. Over time the polypropylene degrades and shrinks. When the 3DMax shrinks, it commonly folds on top of itself due to its curved design, necessitating additional surgery. Polypropylene can also erode through soft tissue and damage nearby nerves. If the polypropylene erodes through enough tissue, it will eventually attach to the spermatic cord in men. The debilitating pain caused by this erosion and attachment to the spermatic cord is so severe that many men choose the drastic measure of having their testicles removed in order to alleviate the pain.
The Bard PerFix Plug is also used to repair inguinal (groin) hernias. Many men are reporting severe, chronic groin and leg pain after being implanted with the PerFix Plug. The pain is so debilitating that numerous men report being unable to work or even walk. In addition, the woven design of the PerFix Plug creates small pores (holes) throughout the mesh. Nerves grow into these pores and attach to the mesh soon after implant. As the mesh erodes and moves through the inguinal canal, it pulls and stretches the nerves attached to it. The nerves stretching causes incredible pain. Worse, pain caused from nerves stretching is essentially untreatable. Thus, Bard’s PerFix Plug has caused thousands of men to suffer chronic, debilitating groin pain.
The follow is a list of the array of complications we have found through research:
- Infection, including sepsis. An infected hernia mesh almost always requires removal.
- Adhesions form to connect the bowel to the hernia mesh. Adhesions frequently form when ventral hernias are repaired with a coated mesh.
- Bowel Obstruction caused by adhesion formation. Evidenced by a change in bowel habits or the inability to defecate.
- Abdominal Pain is a sign of possible adhesion formation, a bowel obstruction, infection, or nerve damage.
- Leg, Groin, and Testicular Pain are all common to inguinal hernias repaired with mesh. This pain can be totally debilitating.
- Pain with Sex (Dyspareunia) caused from the mesh used to repair an inguinal hernia attaching to the spermatic cord.
- Testicle Removal may be necessary if the mesh erodes far enough into the spermatic cord.
- Diarrhea can be an early symptom of the mesh attaching to the bowel.
- Constipation can be a sign of a bowel obstruction. You should consult a doctor if your constipation persist for several days.
- Nausea can be an additional sign of adhesions to the bowel and stomach.
- Seroma is a fluid capsule surrounding the mesh. Seromas can be present with and without infection.
- Fistula. An abnormal tunnel between two structures. Our attorneys observe many fistulas connecting to the bowel, which are associated with infections.
- Autoimmune Disorders. An alarming number of our clients have developed autoimmune disorders after being implanted with a pelvic or hernia mesh.
- Liver Abnormalities have also been documented in those implanted with coated hernia meshes. The liver is also responsible for cleansing the body.
- Joint Aches and Pain can be caused by increased systemic inflammation due to infection and an autoimmune reaction to the mesh.
- Meshoma is the migration, contracture, or bunching-up of an artificial mesh. Meshomas become hard, tumor-like bodies.
If you or a loved one have had hernia surgery in which a Bard 3DMax Patch or Bard PerFix Plug was implanted and suffered infection, mesh adhesion, testicle removal, have required revision/”recurrence” surgery, are in need of surgery, or have debilitating pain due to migration and stretching through the inguinal canal, contact us online or call us at 1-866-252-3535.