People who have gone through hernia repair operations will tell you that it is no easy surgery. Even if successful, patients often go through months of therapy and significantly reduced physical activity to avoid reinjuring the abdominal wall. Repairs can fail and require additional surgery.
The usual repair involves the placement of a mesh-like patch material to hold the edges of the hernia together so that healing can occur. Recently, a manufacturer has had to recall one of these patches because of potentially serious complications. C. R. Bard, Inc. and its subsidiary, Davol, Inc., have recalled the Kugel patch because some versions of the plastic patch have broken and cut through patients’ internal organs and tissues. The FDA has been notified of at least 80 cases involving serious injury, including death.
If you have had a hernia repair involving use of a Kugel patch, you should immediately contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to determine your rights and options.