Sentara Hospitals’ negligence allows patients to receive recalled Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted June 9, 2008


A Virginia hospital system admitted last week that they implanted hernia mesh patches in at least seven patients, months after the products had been recalled by the manufacturer. A Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch recall had been issued for the products since they could cause severe pain and potentially fatal complications after surgery. Although Sentarra Health Systems was notified of the recall, they failed to remove the patches from their inventory, which will likely result in a number of medical malpractice lawsuits against the hospitals.

The hospitals’ negligence was disclosed after a local television station, WVAY, ran a report about a woman who discovered through her own medical records that the patch used by her surgeon had been recalled. Judith Coyne had a hernia repair surgery performed last June at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where her surgeon implanted a Kugel Mesh Patch. Following her hernia surgery, she began to develop excruciating pain. “At times it feels like knives and at times it feels like burning,” she described to the Virginia news reporter.

Although Sentara initially denied that a recalled hernia patch had been used, they have since acknowledged the hospital’s mistake and also disclosed that six other patients received the mesh after it had been recalled. According to hospital administrators, four patients at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and three at Sentara Leigh Hospital received a Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch after the recall.

Since October 2005, Davol, Inc. has issued several different Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch recalls after receiving reports of serious injury and death linked to design defects which could cause a plastic memory ring around the perimiter to break. This could cause severe abdominal pain, tenderness at the site where the patch was inserted, itestinal fistula, bowel perforation or other severe intestinal injuries


The Kugel lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who had a hernia repair where a defective Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch was used. Although the Sentara Hospital problems were clearly caused by the hospitals’ negligence, thousands of people received the hernia mesh prior to the recall. Those who experience hernia repair problems due to the defective mesh patches, may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.

If you, a friend or family member have been diagnosed with an intestinal injury, bowel perforation or other severe injury which could be related to the mesh used during a hernia repair, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

1 Comment • Add Your Comments

  • suzanne says:

    My son has had ongoing problems ever since he had hernia surgery last year (2007). We have been to the ER twice in the last six months. He is only 23 years old, is in constant pain and fatigued. He has become extremely depressed over his situation because each and every doctor keeps telling him everything is fine. He has difficulty urinating, has onging tenderness and pain (1-10 he says 8 most of the time), and has lost alot of weight. I think he had the Kugel mesh, but not positive as he was living out of the area at the time.

    Posted on August 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

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