Hernia Mesh Complications

Hernia mesh used in hernia repair surgery may cause serious complications. Some patients may require revision surgery. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against hernia mesh manufacturers. If you or a loved one experienced hernia mesh complications, contact us to see if you have a legal case.

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What is Hernia Mesh?

Hernia mesh, also known as surgical mesh, is a medical device used to reinforce damaged tissue surrounding a hernia as it heals. Hernias occur when an organ, intestine, or fatty tissue pushes through a weak area in the muscle or connective tissue. Because hernias have a relatively high rate of recurrence, surgeons often use surgical mesh to support weakened or damaged tissue.

What Complications are Associated with Hernia Mesh?

According to the FDA’s analysis of adverse event reports and peer-reviewed scientific literature, the most common adverse events following hernia mesh surgery include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion: Formation of scar-like tissue
  • Bowel obstruction: Blockage of the large or small intestine

Additional adverse events include mesh migration and shrinkage (contraction). Patients may require revision surgery due to complications.

What is Used to Make Hernia Mesh?

Most hernia mesh used today is made from either synthetic materials or animal tissue. Synthetic mesh is either knitted or non-knitted and can be absorbable, non-absorbable, or a mix of both. Absorbable mesh degrades over time, while the non-absorbable mesh is considered a permanent implant.


Mesh from animal tissue is usually derived from pigs (porcine) or cows (bovine) tissue that has been disinfected and processed.

What Brands of Mesh Were Recalled?

Between 2005 and 2019, over 211,000 units of hernia mesh have been recalled or withdrawn from the market by manufacturers including Atrium Medical, Bard Davol, and Ethicon.


Many of the complications reported have been associated with recalled hernia mesh devices that are no longer on the market. Recalled hernia mesh products were the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications.

What are Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?

Tens of thousands of people have filed lawsuits against hernia mesh manufacturers. While many suits have been settled, thousands of suits are pending, and lawyers continue to accept cases. The three main causes of action against manufacturers are defective design, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn. Patients are suing for compensation for damages, including lost wages, medical bills, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering.

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