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Bard® Crurasoft™ Hernia Patch Bowel Injury Information

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When a hernia mesh patch memory coil ring breaks, a number of serious side effects can result including bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, and chronic enteric fistulas.

Bowel Injury Information

  • A bowel obstruction is a partial or complete blockage in the intestines. This does not allow the intestinal contents to pass through normally. Blockages of this kind can be caused by several conditions including hernias, medication, scar tissue, tumors, twisted intestines, gallstones or foreign objects such as the Bard Crurasoft hernia patch. Patients suffering bowel obstruction may have abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, vomiting or diarrhea. If it is not treated, a bowel obstruction can lead to infection, gangrene or bowel perforation.
  • A perforated bowel occurs when an opening forms in the wall of the intestine, allowing its contents to spill into the abdominal cavity. Early symptoms of a perforated bowel include high fever, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. If left untreated, a bowel perforation can lead to sepsis, a blood infection that is almost always fatal.
  • Chronic enteric fistulas are abnormal connections that form between two portions of the intestine. This condition can cause severe abdominal pain. When one opening of a fistula closes while the other remains open, bowel contents can accumulate in this cavity, allowing an abscess or infection to develop which, in some cases, can spread to the bloodstream.

Patients who have had the Bard Crurasoft hernia patch implanted that experience symptoms that could be associated with ring breakage such as unexplained or persistent abdominal pain, fever, tenderness at the implant site or other unusual symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.