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Marlex Mesh Lawsuits

investigating hernia mesh complications & injury

Numerous product liability lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard claim patient complications and injuries related to Marlex hernia mesh. Defective hernia mesh claims have inundated medical device companies like Aspide, Atrium, Bard, Ethicon and Gore.

Any injured patient with an implanted Marlex hernia mesh product from 2005 until the present should contact a medical device defect attorney to discuss legal options. Plaintiffs have settled with mesh manufacturers to help pay for medical expenses, long-term disability and pain and suffering.

Product liability attorneys claim many hernia mesh devices are defectively manufactured, defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous. Potential Marlex hernia mesh complications may include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Recurrent hernias
  • Adhesions
  • Bowel perforation
  • Bowel blockage
  • Fistula
  • Severe inflammatory responses
  • Revision Surgery

Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati, Ohio medical device attorney and hernia mesh injury lawyer reviewing Bard Marlex hernia mesh complications and revision surgery.

Marlex Mesh Injury

Plaintiffs argue that mesh manufacturers have not properly warned consumers and patients about the potential risks involved with the products. Bard knew about the risk of Marlex Mesh complications but has possibly downplayed the health risks of the implant.

Even so, consumers cannot ignore the hundreds of complaints received about the Marlex hernia mesh implant. Design defects are thought to cause many hernia mesh injuries in the U.S. each year. Amid similar scrutiny and legal pressure, Ethicon’s Physiomesh was removed from the market after many reports of hernia mesh complications.

Hernias occur when an organ or tissue squeezes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Most hernias are caused by pressure and weakness of muscle or tissue. Anything that causes an increase in abdominal pressure can lead to a hernia. Common types of hernias include:

  • Inguinal: inner groin
  • Femoral: upper thigh/outer groin
  • Incisional: abdomen
  • Ventral: abdominal/ventral wall
  • Umbilical: belly button
  • Hiatal: upper stomach/diaphragm

Marlex Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

The use of surgical mesh is though to improve patient outcomes, though depends on each individual case. Surgical mesh is made of synthetic materials in knitted mesh and sheet forms. The material can be absorbable, non-absorbable or a combination.

The FDA compiles medical device adverse event reports. Common reports include complaints following hernia mesh injury include pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, blockage of the large or small intestine, bleeding, fistula, seroma, and organ perforation.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Defective medical device litigation helps to improve patient safety and holds medical device companies accountable when defective products injure plaintiffs and clients.


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Hernia Mesh Injury FAQ

Can I file a hernia mesh lawsuit?

Attorneys claim several hernia mesh devices were not properly tested before they were marketed and distributed as safe medical instruments.

The companies currently face thousands of pending hernia mesh injury lawsuits. If you have had surgery to treat a hernia using a device and you experience any signs or symptoms of recurrence of the hernia, please consult with a medical and legal expert. The Lyon Firm has experience litigating cases against medical device manufacturers.

Attorneys contend that some hernia mesh devices are not properly tested before they are distributed to the public as safe products. Device companies like Gore, Aspide, Ethicon, Bard, Covidien and Atrium have settled hundreds of lawsuits and currently face countless more injury claims.

What hernia mesh products have allegedly caused injury?
  • Gore DualMesh
  • Aspide Surgimesh
  • Ethicon
  • Physiomesh
  • Proceed
  • Prolene
  • Covidien 
  • Parietex
  • Parietene
  • Permacol
  • Surgipro
  • Atrium
  • C-Qur
  • ProLoop
  • Bard/ Davol
  • Visilex
  • Composix
  • Marlex
  • Ventralight
  • Spermatex
  • 3D Max
  • Sepramesh
  • PerFix Plug
  • Ventralex
  • Kugel
How common is hernia recurrence?

Up to 50 percent of hernias may reoccur with an implanted device. This is commonly due to inadequate fixation during the original operation or shrinkage of the mesh. Light-weight meshes may have a higher risk due to their increased flexibility and movement.

Two-thirds of recurrences occur after three years. It is not clear if the type of mesh used has any effect on durability. All mesh products appear equally limited in effectiveness.

What is a fistula?

Fistula is a late complication of prosthetic mesh repair and is usually due to chronic erosion of bowel by mesh placed in direct contact with intestinal loops both in open and laparoscopic repairs. Symptoms of fistulas may include the following:

  •  Persistent pain—throbbing and worse when sitting down.
    •    Skin irritation around the anus, including swelling, redness and tenderness.
    •    Discharge of pus or blood.
    •    Constipation or pain associated with bowel movements.
    •    Fever
Does hernia mesh cause adhesions?

All mesh implants produce adhesions, though their extent varies. Abdominal adhesions are a common complication, occurring in a majority of people who undergo abdominal or pelvic surgery. Adhesions cause the majority of small bowel obstructions in adults, and are believed to contribute to the development of chronic pelvic pain.

X-rays do not reveal potential mesh issues or diagnose the presence of adhesions. An additional surgery is usually needed to diagnose or treat hernia mesh adhesions. However, revision surgeries carry risks and can lead to further health problems, including infection, bowel blockage, bowel perforation and chronic pain.

Adhesions may begin forming long before they are noticed by patients or doctors. Depending on the location, adhesions from defective hernia mesh devices may cause pain and affect the bowel in different ways. Even removing a defective hernia mesh product may not completely solve all health issues.

Symptoms of adhesion and hernia mesh injury may include:

  •  Severe abdominal pain or cramping
    •    Vomiting
    •    Bloating
    •    Loud bowel sounds
    •    Swelling of the abdomen
    •    Constipation
How is a Medical Device Defined as Defective?

Ohio Definition of Defective

Under Ohio law, a medical device is  defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A legal cause of action can be based on several types of medical device product defects. Most jurisdictions a version of one or more of these cause of actions. 

(1)  Manufacturing/ Construction Defect of the medical device:

(2) Defective design and/or formulation of the medical device:

(3) Failure to warn or inadequate warning or instruction associated with the medical device:

(4) Misrepresentation on the Safety or Efficacy of the Medical Device:

(5) Fraud Related to the Safety or Efficacy of the Medical Device

(6) Negligent Distribution or Testing of the Medical Device



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