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Ventralex Mesh Lawsuits

investigating hernia mesh injury cases

Following years of hernia mesh-related complications and subsequent litigation, C.R. Bard is facing numerous lawsuits regarding hernia mesh models, including the Ventralex Patch, which has allegedly caused injuries and revision surgery in several patients in the U.S.

Adverse events reported to the FDA over the Ventralex include severe pain, adhesions, and bowel obstruction. Attorneys argue that the company did not properly put the device through rigorous testing before releasing it on the market, leading to preventable injuries nationwide.

C.R. Bard mesh devices have been recalled in recent years, including the Ventralex, 3D Max, Sepramesh, Composix, Perfix Plug, Ventralight, Marlex, Visilex and Kugel patch models.

Several plaintiffs claim they have suffered injuries after being implanted with Bard Ventralex hernia mesh devices, causing various internal injuries and serious pain.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of medical device injury claims against Bard, Gore, Aspire, Atrium, Ethicon and Covidien.

Bard Ventralex Device Approved by FDA

The Bard Ventralex hernia mesh is a patch device designed to repair abdominal hernias, containing two layers of polypropylene mesh that is meant to fully absorb into the body after insertion.

The FDA first approved the Bard Ventralex in 2002, but was able to skip clinical trials for approval and was sent through the FDA’s 510(k) program because Bard showed the new mesh product was significantly similar to other mesh devices already on the market.

The Ventralex is reportedly very similar to Bard’s Kugel Mesh, which was actually recalled in 2005 when doctors and patients found that the “memory recoil ring” was rupturing and causing bowel perforations and other complications.

Recent studies have indicated similar problems with the Ventralex hernia mesh device. Allegations against C.R. Bard note complications following hernia repair that were caused by the unreasonably dangerous design of the Bard Ventralex patch. Attorneys and plaintiffs argue the patch is incompatible with human tissue, and must be removed in many cases.

Lawyers in the cases say the device manufacturer failed to perform proper testing and measure the risks associated with the Bard Ventralex patch. As a result, Bard has faced charges of negligence, design defect, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, and breaches of warranty.

Reported Bard Mesh Device Complications

Hernia mesh and patches are relatively common devices that may alleviate persistent pain, discomfort and other symptoms of a hernia. However, patients who have been implanted with Bard mesh devices have reported severe complications, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Bowel Blockage & Bowel obstruction
  • Abdominal abscess
  • Adhesions
  • Intestinal fistula
  • Mesh migration
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Revision surgery
  • Kidney damage

Ventralex Hernia Mesh Injury

A number of settlements have been reached over hernia mesh device injury lawsuits. If you have had surgery to treat a hernia using a patch or mesh device and show signs or symptoms of recurrence or complications, contact medical and legal professionals. The Lyon Firm has experience litigating cases against Bard and other mesh device manufacturers.


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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.

If you are unsure about the mesh manufacturer and product used in your surgery and have questions about your hernia repair, contact your Ohio surgeon to obtain medical records. Contact a Cincinnati hernia mesh lawyer to discuss potential hernia mesh injury lawsuits and settlement.

How common is hernia recurrence?

Regardless of treatment, hernias have a high rate of recurrence, and surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair recurrence rate. The use of meshes is thought to reduce dramatically the incidence of hernia recurrence.

However, 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?

Repair of hernias are done by either suture repair or prosthetic mesh repair. The latter is associated with a lower recurrence rate but a higher incidence of complications. The most serious complication is the development of 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
Can hernia mesh cause adhesions?

Hernia mesh adhesions are scar tissue resulting from hernia mesh operations and the healing process. Following hernia repair surgeries, adhesions may form in the abdomen or peritoneum. The mesh repairs usually heal quickly but when adhesions form, organs connected by the scar tissue may not function properly.

The popularity of hernia mesh operations has led to increasing concern regarding mesh-related adhesions. Adhesions result from the fibrin exudates that follow any kind of trauma.

Symptoms of adhesion and hernia mesh injury may include:

  •  Severe abdominal pain or cramping
    •    Vomiting
    •    Bloating
    •    Loud bowel sounds
    •    Swelling of the abdomen
    •    Constipation

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