What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ bulges through weakened tissue or abdominal opening, and it can be caused by a number of different things. These ruptures often develop after surgery, where the tissue is in a weakened state and susceptible to damage. Hernias may occur in the abdomen, upper thigh, groin, and/or belly button, and can affect both men and women alike. They generally cause pain and... read more?

How is a Hernia Mesh Used?

Surgical mesh is a medical device attached to the weakened tissue, or hernia, to provide support and prevent the organ from continuing to push through the wall. Three different types of mesh may be used for hernia repair: Synthetic, which is generally made of polyester and polypropylene.Biologic, which is made of biological material such as human or pig skin, pig intestines, or cow... read more?

What Is The Problem With Physiomesh, C-QUR, and other Polypropeline Meshes?

Manufactured by Ethicon, the Physiomesh product was cleared through the FDA 510(K) approval process in 2010. The FDA 510(K) approval process is used when a product is modeled after a device that has been fully approved by the FDA, and it requires less testing than the FDA requires for new medical devices on the market. Using the FDA 510(K), Ethicon conducted minimal testing on mesh devices. In... read more?

What Other Mesh Products Are Being Investigated?

In addition to Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-QUR, we are also investigating the following mesh products: Bard, including but not limited to: Kugel 3D Max Visilex Spermatex Ventralight ST Sepramesh Sepramesh IP PerFix Plug Marlex Composite Marlex Generic Bard mesh Composix (including E/X) Covidien, including but not limited to: Parietene ... read more?

How Can You Tell If a Mesh Implant Has Failed?

Patients with a failed C-QUR mesh, Physiomesh, Bard, or other mesh products may experience the following complications: InfectionSevere PainRecurrent HerniasContraction of the MeshAdhesion to the IntestineBowel BlockageGranulomaBowel perforationFistulaCalcification of meshMigration ... read more?