The class actions allege that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn individuals that the use of certain hernia mesh products increases the risk of serious injuries and complications.
A hernia is a condition in which an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that normally holds it in place. To repair a hernia, the mesh can be placed either under or over the defect. Mesh is intended to act as “scaffolding” for new growth of a patient’s own tissue, which eventually incorporates the mesh into the surrounding area. Unfortunately, certain hernia mesh products have led to serious injuries and complications for many Canadians. These injuries include hernia recurrence, pain, mesh erosion and migration, scarring and adhesions, and systemic infection which may require additional surgeries, a decrease in quality of life, and ongoing discomfort and pain.
It is alleged that the hernia mesh products included in these class actions have high failure and complication rates, which result in serious and irreversible injuries. These injuries include hernia recurrence, pain, mesh erosion and migration, scarring and adhesions, organ injury or perforation, internal bleeding, infection, intestinal blockage, and fistula formation, which may require additional surgeries, a decrease in quality of life, and ongoing discomfort and pain.
The following hernia mesh products are included in the class actions:
- Physiomesh - Ethicon
- PerFix Plug - Bard Davol
- 3DMax Mesh - Bard Davol
- Sepramesh IP - Bard Davol
- Ventralight ST - Bard Davol
- Ventralex ST - Bard Davol
- Ventrio ST- Bard Davol
- C-QUR Mesh - Atrium Medical
- Parietex Mesh - Medtronic
- ProGrip Self-Gripping Mesh - Medtronic