The Ventralex™ Hernia Patch, manufactured by Bard/Davol, has been linked to a number of serious side effects including bowel perforation, bowel obstruction, chronic intestinal fistula, and serious infection.
What’s the problem?
The Ventralex™ Hernia Patch is used to repair ventral (incisional) hernias caused by thinning or stretching of scar tissue that forms after surgery. The patch is placed behind the hernia defect through a small incision. The patch is then held open by a “memory recoil ring” that allows the patch to be folded for insertion and later spring open and lay flat once it is in place.
Ventralex Hernia Patch Side Effects
The memory recoil ring that opens the Ventralex mesh patch can break under the stress of placement of the large sized products in the intra-abdominal space. This can lead to:
- bowel obstructions
- bowel perforations
- chronic enteric fistulas
Davol initially blamed the surgeons who installed the Kugel Mesh patch for the broken rings. Davol claimed that the doctors made mistakes which caused the breaks in the rings. However, tests conducted by Davol revealed that the failure almost always occurred at the spot where the ring was welded together, which was done by the company.