Concerns Over Surgical Hernia Mesh Recalls and Usage on the Rise

Dr. John Morrison, Canada’s Hernia Society president, has expressed concerns over the growing number of hernia meshes in the country. The president stresses concern that the surgical abdominal mesh is being used in almost all hernia repairs with many products not receiving proper clinical trials or research before entering the market.

Canadian patients have filed hernia mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the recalled Physiomesh product.

Reports from CTV News, find that some patients had to have surgery to determine the cause of unexplained pain only to find that the hernia mesh procedure failed with the one patient having the mesh rolled up inside the torso.

Health Canada finds that 12 hernia mesh products have been recalled since 2000 in Canada’s market. Patients suffered from infections and perforations with three deaths and 185 reports of serious injury as a result of the hernia mesh products.

Dr. Morrison states that in some cases, the hernia mesh isn’t required but is still used. His practice includes the removal of mesh products which have shifted inside of the patient’s body and often pierce their organs.

Mesh products have been found to erode in the body and move into other organs of the body, too.

Morrison states that as much as 20% of people that have hernia mesh procedures are left in chronic pain afterwards. He suggests that patients that have pain for longer than three months should find a hernia surgeon that will correct the issue.

He foresees the issue only getting worse as more and more patients are being treated using the surgical mesh procedures despite the massive recalls and warnings against the products.

Thousands of Canadians have hernia surgery each year with a growing number of complaints as a result of surgical mesh complications. Morrison suggests that people undergoing hernia surgery ask their doctors if surgical mesh will be used and research their options for the type of hernia they’re diagnosed with.

The class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the mesh is made by the company’s subsidiary Ethicon, alleges that the company’s surgical mesh caused higher than average reoperation and recurrence rates in the patients that had surgery to implant the mesh product.

The group behind the lawsuit believes that the product is linked to their chronic health and pain problems. Plaintiffs allege that the surgical mesh had a design defect that causes the mesh to migrate, tear or contract while in the body.