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Hernia mesh has been an important medical device for thousands of patients, and at the same time, some defective mesh products on the market have caused unthinkable injuries and serious complications.

According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the use of hernia mesh to reinforce an incisional hernia repair is associated with a lower risk of hernia recurrence over five years. But thousands of hernia mesh injuries have many patients and surgeons questioning a number of products on the market.

If you have suffered complications or side effects due to a Bard Visilex mesh implant, please contact The Lyon Firm to discuss your legal options. Hernia mesh companies have been targeted in recent years in hernia mesh recall lawsuits, and injured plaintiffs may have a viable claim to compensation.

If any patient has experienced an infection, adhesion, bowel perforation, mesh erosion, chronic pain, or revision surgery, they may be eligible for a large settlement.

Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati, Ohio medical device defect attorney reviewing hernia mesh injury and Visilex mesh products. Following hernia mesh surgery complications, settlements are likely.

Visilex Mesh Injury

Surgery with defective hernia mesh can lead to health complications. The most common complaint is chronic pain, although other more serious injuries are a rick, including infections, hernia recurrences, adhesions, and bowel obstructions.

Medical professionals warn that mesh migration and mesh shrinkage are also possible. Hernia mesh patients regularly report the following:

  • Consistent pain
  • Recurrent hernias
  • Mesh erosion
  • Adhesions
  • Bowel perforation
  • Bowel blockage
  • Abdominal Abscesses
  • Sepsis
  • Peritonitis
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Fistula
  • Organ damage


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What is Visilex Mesh?

Bard Visilex mesh is the first polypropylene mesh designed for laparoscopic hernia repair. Bard states the Visilex mesh device directly addresses critical issues associated with laparoscopic procedures, and “delivers maximum visibility, enhanced maneuverability and retains a flat profile after insertion.”

While the company touts the potential benefits of the hernia mesh, they may downplay the risks to surgeons and patients. The Visilex mesh has a reinforced edge that assists the device to return to its flat shape after insertion.

Visilex patches come with what Bard calls a “significant advantage,” which is a monofilament polypropylene. The marketing available notes the mesh discourages infection, and promotes tissue growth. Oxygen may erode the polypropylene, however, causing it to shrink and cause pain and injury.

Bard’s Visilex Mesh is also supposed to be superior to other hernia implants in that the pores in the mesh are larger than in other hernia implants. But plaintiffs have said the materials may be very cheap and compromise patients.

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

Inguinal hernias are pockets of intestinal tissue that push through weakened muscles in the abdominal wall. This is potentially a serious condition in males that can lead to infertility.

Inguinal hernias often require surgery to correct. Laparoscopic surgery uses a tiny incision near the navel, in which a surgeon inserts a laparoscope through the incision and to the location of the hernia. Mesh implants are passed through the instrument and onto the abdominal wall to cover the hernia.

The plastic Visilex mesh is designed to create scar tissue on the abdominal wall which is meant to grow into the pores of the mesh, fusing mesh and tissue, strengthening the abdominal wall and preventing future hernias.

Visilex Mesh Lawsuits

No recall has been issued for the Visilex Mesh, although many other Bard hernia mesh products have been recalled. Most of Bard hernia mesh implants were eligible for an FDA 510(k) shortcut, which allowed Bard to skip clinical trials.

The medical device manufacturer was allowed to claim that the products were very similar to other products on the market, and very quickly, Bard hernia mesh was introduced for use in hernia mesh repair operations. In addition to Visilex, Bard has marketed and distributed the following mesh products:

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Why are these cases important?

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

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
what are the different types of hernias?
  • Inguinal: occurs in the inner groin. The most common of abdominal hernias. Sometimes muscles that attach to the pelvis leave a weakened area and if there is a stress placed on that area, the weakened tissues can allow a portion of small bowel to slide through that opening, causing pain and producing a bulge. Inguinal hernias are more likely to occur in men.
  • Femoral: occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin. Femoral hernias tend to occur more frequently in women.
  • Incisional: occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen. Incisional hernias occur as a complication of abdominal surgery, where the abdominal muscles are cut to allow the surgeon to enter the abdominal cavity to operate.
  • Ventral: occurs in the general abdominal/ventral wall
  • Umbilical: occurs at the belly button and are very common in newborns and often do not need treatment unless complications occur. Some umbilical hernias enlarge and may require repair later in life.
  • Hiatal: occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm
  • Obturator: the least common hernia of the pelvic floor, mostly found in women who have had multiple pregnancies or who have lost significant weight.
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


Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

The Lyon Firm has 20 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Defective device lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in medical device cases.  He has litigated cases successfully against some of  the largest companies in the world including:  Johnson & Johnson, Biomet, Ethicon, Stryker, Coloplast, Smith & Nephew, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Guidant, Bard, & Bayer. 


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