What’s the problem?
About 600,000 people in the United States undergo surgery each year to repair hernias. Many surgeons use so-called "mesh patches" to repair hernias, and some of these mesh patches - including the Ventralex™ Hernia Patch - were manufactured by Bard, Inc. or Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of Bard, Inc.
Over the last few years, a number of patients have brought hernia mesh patch lawsuits against C.R. Bard, Inc., and Davol, Inc. alleging that their hernia mesh patch devices were defective and caused injuries. A large number of the claims were brought about after an FDA hernia patch recall including claims based on defects in hernia mesh patches non-recalled hernia mesh patch devices. Defects in hernia mesh patches can cause:
- Bowel perforation
- Chronic intestinal fistula
- Abdominal pain
- High fever
- Tenderness at the site where the hernia patch was inserted
- Unusual and unexplained intestinal symptoms
- Bowel Perforation
- Intestinal Fistula
Additional patches manufactured and distributed by Davol Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc. have been included in the investigation of defective hernia mesh patches. The current list of potentially defective products has been expanded to include:
- All nine (9) models of the Bard® Composix® Kugel® Hernia Patches (Product Codes 0010201 through 0010209)
- All other Davol hernia patches with PET rings, including the Bard® Kugel® Hernia Patch; Bard® Ventralex® Hernia Patch; Bard CK Parastomal Patch; and Bard® Modified Kugel™ Patch
- Other Davol hernia meshes composed of layers of polyptopylene and ePTFE, including the Bard® Composix® E/X Mesh