Hernia Repair Complications May Cause Severe Pain and Problems Due to Defective Mesh

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted October 25, 2016


Many people may have avoided severe pain and debilitating complications following hernia repair in recent years if a different type of mesh or patch had been used during their surgery.

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential hernia repair lawsuits for individuals who required revision surgery due to defective and unreasonably dangerous surgical mesh products, including:

Even if you do not know what type of hernia repair mesh was used during surgery, our lawyers can help. Free consultations and case evaluations are provided to help individuals and families determine if problems following hernia repair surgery may have been caused by Ethicon Physiomesh, Atrium C-Qur or another defective product.


Financial compensation may be available for individuals who underwent hernia repair since 2006, and subsequently experienced complications, such as:

  • Bowel Adhesions, Bowel Perforation and Organ Perforation
  • Infections
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Mesh Erosion Or Failure
  • Revision Surgery

Atrium C-Qur Problems

Atrium C-Qur Hernia Repair Mesh was first introduced in 2005, involving a polypropylene mesh with an outer coating gel made from omega 3 fatty acids, called the O3FA layer. However, a large number of individuals nationwide have suffered infections, allergic reactions, bowel damage, erosion, surgical wound complications and other problems, which may be related to the design of the mesh.

It appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the risk of Atrium C-Qur hernia repair complications, yet continued to market and sell this dangerous product without providing adequate warnings.

Ethicon Physiomesh Recall

In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary removed Physiomesh hernia repair mesh from the market, after data from foreign registries highlighted a higher-than-expected number of individuals experienced hernia mesh complications, including hernia recurrence and revision surgery to remove the hernia mesh.

Although Ethicon Physiomesh was first introduced in 2010, the manufacturer has indicated that it does not intend to sell the product again. However, it was implanted in thousands of individuals who may have experienced severe pain and complications due to the manufacturing and design of the product.

Hernia Repair Mesh Class Action Lawyers

The hernia repair lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing whether former recipients of the mesh may be entitled to financial compensation through a class action lawsuit or individual injury case.

All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket costs to hire a lawyer and we receive no attorneys fees or expenses unless a recovery or hernia repair settlement is obtained. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

29 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Delois says:

    I’ve been in pain every since i had the mesh i had problems choking and the did the scope to open the mesh twice. I stayed on boost for about two months but i still have pain and soar in the surigical area.

    Posted on November 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

  • Anita says:

    i have a MASSIVE COMPLICATED DOUBLE VENTRAL ABDOMINAL HERNIA. When i say “Massive”, i mean massive. My surgery was January 10, 2001. i spent 3 and a half long months in the hospital not knowing whether or not i was going to live or die. i have suffered every:day since that date. I am on massive amounts of pain medication. (fentanyl)i am loosing my circulation in my right leg due to the pressure on my femoral artery. i can barely walk and spend days in bed at a time because i cant. i know i exceed the date. But, i am begging for your help. i still have to have surgery. However, i am scared to death. My chances of making it through are not good. i have no family support, they think i am a drug addict. They feel that if i were in so much pain, that i would have had surgery already. They dont understand. Please allow me to send you pictures of my stomach. ive also lost my marriage and my home because of being unable to work. i spent a year on the street with 1 minor child. My life has been pure hell for the last 16 years.

    Posted on November 16, 2016 at 12:44 am

  • Kirk says:

    No body will help me, can’t find anyone who takes Medicaid that will prove that the 3Dmax mesh is what is causing all my pain, the huge lump on my pelvis, my scrotum being enlarged, no testicle, an full of fluid, plus now I believe the blood is getting cut off to my other testicle. WTF do I have to do to get help?

    Posted on December 14, 2016 at 11:48 pm

  • Amanda says:

    I had a mesh implant in 2009. I had a polypropylene mesh made by Davol/Evermed put in my umbilical hernia. I had to have an additional surgery i believe in 2011 a laparoscopy to see why I was having such pain from the hernia area. The laparoscopy determined I had access scar tissue. In 2013 I had a third surgery to remove the mesh due to all the pain I suffered from. We’ll needless to say yes the mesh was removed along with my naval because the mesh implanted to my naval. I now suffer being self-conscious due to not having a naval.

    Posted on January 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm

  • Sheila says:

    Anita, I’m sorry for your pain and emotional distress following your hernia surgery. My Brother has been in the hospital for the past 5+ years, he had mesh erosion following his hernia repair, it had tore his entire intestines to bits, he was near death, no doctor would even operate to remove the mesh because they didn’t want to be liable for complications or worse. He lives daily in pain, his last surgery was around October of 2016 I believe they removed the mesh, but he suffers from severe health problems due to damage caused by this mesh.
    I have also had hernia repair surgery, I haven’t had mesh erosion, but I fear my hernia is not repaired. I still have a large bulge in my stomach just where the hernia was before, and I suffer so much from it. I don’t want to go back to my gastroenterologist because I fear he will want to do more surgery, I have a hiatal hernia I must have repaired. I am in so much pain all of the time.
    I hope you can get help for your distress. My brother says no attorney will take his case.
    I don’t know why that is. We are in Arkansas.
    Best to you and please let us know if you receive any help. Prayers for you.

    Posted on January 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

  • Christopher says:

    I had umbilical hernia surgery on 10/17/2016 and have had a connstant cramp in my stomach since. Ive been hearing the mesh isnt great and not sure what to do about it

    Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm

  • Amanda says:

    Omg!!! I had my surgery ( umbilical hernia) in 2009 I do believe.. After all theese stories I want it out it hurts sometimes and im scared its going to get worse!!!

    Posted on January 29, 2017 at 7:03 pm

  • janice says:

    my mother had hernia repair also. She lost her navel and is very self conscious about her appearance. And has lots of scar tissue. I must find out what type of mesh was installed .

    Posted on January 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

  • Cynthia says:

    As I look over the comments, I find that I could have written them myself. I had a hernia repaired in January of 2009. Several years ago I began to have the same problem prior to the repair. My stomach is tender in places, my stools are a weird color, dark green to black and can be rock hard or or like tar. The pain is often unbearable but since I do not have health insurance I cannot run to a doctor. Within a week of my surgery I was admitted back into the hospital with a severe infection. The infection was so back they had to reopen the incision to drain out the infection. My incision stayed open for several months. It was extremely painful having my incision cleaned out several times a day. This caused me to loose several months of work. I could not work with an open wound in my stomach even though it was covered. I think I was eventually able to return to work on a part time basis after 4 to 6 weeks, then it was another 3 or 4 weeks before I could go back full time. Also, around 6 months ago I began to have severe pain in my legs. I thought it was caused by arthritis in my knees but it is the muscles that hurt more than the joints. The pain increases when I am standing and my legs seem to lock up.

    Posted on February 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm

  • Liz says:

    My Husband Had Surgery For A Hernia In May 2014 It Never LookedTo Me Like It Healed Within A Year His Stomach Looked More And More Bloated. Now The Wire Has Started Coming Out Through His Navel And He Has Had Back pain The Past 4Days And Today He Can’t Walk. It Was Done In Another State Under SIIS And Now We’re In A State That Doesn’t Do Anything To Help.We Are Exempt From Obama Care Cause We Don’t Make Enough. I Don’t Know What To Do.

    Posted on February 10, 2017 at 3:39 am

  • ronald says:

    i have had three hernias repairs in the last ten years,,two between my thighs,one each side,.,one in my abdomen that went bad about three years back,,had to be replaced, i have allergies but i am not sure they are from the mesh used..the left side inside thigh does give me trouble sometimes,,it doesn’t feel normal..i am going to see my physician at the end of March and will consult with him regarding what type of mesh was used..i do have current medical records,,

    Posted on March 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

  • Susan says:

    I had umbilical hernia surgery in 2015!!! I been having problems with my body every since!! I didn’t realize all this could be going on because of the mesh lawsuit!!! I’ve had dental issues, bad headache, joint pains, infections, constant weight gain, bloated all the time an I get full quick!! I have no naval which looks funny An the scars to go with it!!! I’m always in pain!!! Can someone tell what I need to do far as getting more info on the lawsuit An a great lawyer to assist

    Posted on March 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

  • Larry says:

    My story starts @ St Mary in Long Beach, where a double Hiatal was performed, the time 1969, I’ve suffered through the 48 years. My life, was emptied of choices, and I’ve just learned to live with it. as each, and every, Surgical Practitioner, was worried about losing money, and their future. The thinking must have been, I didn’t cause it, so in essence, this has nothing to do with me. Which is what made America so darn great.
    That having been said, it seems redundant, perhaps even oxymoronic, with which, one is left to feel so helpless, in what would otherwise be such a dire situation. Take note as to the year, will you decide based on ability, responsibility, and yes I have a very high tolerance to pain, and was given, ” I’m so sorry ” as that is what I, was left with.

    Posted on April 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

  • Veronica says:

    I had umbilical hernia mesh implant in 2015, this was after a colon resection in 2014. I had suffered terrible stomach pain before that surgery, with bouts of diarrhea dizziness and nausea. Immediately after the colon resection I had to have a drain inserted as blood was pooling behind the incision site. Five more days in hospital. It was a horrible experience. I now have a wide mouth hernia, that according to previous doctor “they don’t fix”.
    I wake in the night in pain at the hernia mesh site, can feel the area and get chronic pain. I believe the mesh is not sitting correctly. I cannot return to the doctor who performed the surgery as I now have left that clinic. I was hospitalized twice in 2016 with pains in my stomach, according to the hospital, as I have a history of diverticulitis they look no further. In 2013 I had a colonoscopy which revealed mild diverticulitis, and then all the above began. I still get severe bouts of diarrhea causing me to almost feint from pain.

    Posted on April 29, 2017 at 3:50 am

  • Selma says:

    I unknowingly had a Kugel mesh put in in Aug 2005, and was never told about the recall. That thing waa in my body for 11 years. Finally after months of acute abdominal pain, I had surgery ten weeks ago. The mesh was curled up like a cup, hard as a rock, threatening to puncture my bowel or come through my skin. It took two surgeons two hours just to separate the mesh where it was embedded in my bowel. My surgeon said that in a short time I would’ve been in the ER in a life-threatening condition. I can’t believe that I have no legal recourse because the mesh was put in before 2006.

    Posted on April 29, 2017 at 7:53 am

  • Kim says:

    What about for MALE patients that have had Mesh Bladder Slings! Send me a case study for this please!

    Posted on May 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

  • Manuel says:

    I had a hernia surgery in 2009. A dr. placed a kugel bard patch in my abdomen. It caused me small bowel PERFORATION. I also developed a fistula, infection and in july 12, 2009 i had a second surgery at NATIVIDAD MEDICAL CENTER IN SALINAS, calif. Dr. removed the mesh and repairs my small bowel and cleaned my entire stomach from puss pockets. I was left with a very large ventral hernia. In 2013 Dr. at ucsf medical center reconstructed my entire abdominal wall. MESH was placed inside my abdomen again and it’s painful.

    Posted on July 21, 2017 at 11:41 am

  • Scott says:

    After looking up the best “Nasa Nano fiber’s”. I seems Ethicon was one the top suppliers , for all types of Mesh and Nano fibers ? Funded to support the Human research program and Other projects for Biomedical studies? Nice to be unpaid lab rats , or human guinea pigs for these programs . Then after, be disabled from removal surgery – from chronic infection. From their untested products rushed through the 510k process !

    Posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

  • Khanyi says:

    I had umbillical hernia with mesh surgery 4 months back,they removed my umbillical cord and naval,since then I’m in pain everyday and it feels very hard where my naval was located.its scary,I can’t sleep with my stomach because I feel something hard hurting me,I feel nausea and I can’t wear high heel shoes..no discussions was made with me with doctors ..that there were going to do mesh repair..they just told me they did some repair..I only read on my discharge letter that they did a mesh repair…

    Posted on October 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  • Genevieve says:

    I’ve had a hiatal hernia surgery and I was told that I have a irreducible abdominal hernia the pain is so unbearable and dealing with scoliosis plus gallbladder mass, extrahepatic obstructive biliary disease my stomach is so disfigured my navel not were it belong you can see my intestines moving and pus leaks out from a opening.

    Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:26 am

  • K says:

    I had Inguinal hernia 2 years to the date, I’ve complained to the dr about the ongoing pain in my abdomen close to the surgical site, I can’t lift weights like I used to and sometimes the pain flares up just by walking, bowel movements seem to always cause me issues and leave me with abdominal pain. Dr said everything is fine, when I know something isn’t right, I know my body.

    Posted on April 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

  • Janet says:

    As I look over the comments, I can say that most of them are my life. I had my 1st hernia repaired in December of 1998 and since then I have a total of 9 different hernia surgery. And, I currently have a Left Lateral Abdominal wall in the Iliac Crest Area. My stomach is tender in places, my stools are anything but normal; the doctors have me on every type of medicine to help me have bowel movements, which still does not help. I can go anywhere from 4 to 10 days with no bowel movement; the pain is often unbearable, I can’t eat after 4th day it bloats me and makes me sick. When I have surgery my incision stayed open for several weeks. It was extremely painful having my incision cleaned out several times a day. This caused me to loose several weeks of work. I could not work with an open wound in my stomach even though it was covered. I think I was eventually able to return to work on a part time basis after 4 to 6 weeks, then it was another 3 or 4 weeks before I could go back full time. Also, after my 6th surgery I was having a different kind of pain in my side and went back to doctor. Turns out doctor sewed threw some of my nerves during the surgery. Which in turn required me to receive Nerve Blocks on my T5 to T12 Nerves every 2 weeks for months. It seems like that I can’t seem to get anyone to want to even look at repairing my current hernia. I have other health issues that have also required surgeries; I have had over 18 surgeries since 1998. At one time I weighed over 260 lbs, but I have been working hard to maintain my current weight 180 lbs that I have been at for over a year now. The Doctor who did the last 2 surgeries said that he feels that I need to loose at lease 50 lbs before he would even consider it. I have lost over 80 lbs and have kept it off for over 2 years and that’s not good enough he wants me to loose another 50 lbs; that 130 lbs would be how much I weighed back in 1989. I just want a day with no pain; is that to much to ask??

    Posted on July 4, 2018 at 12:15 am

  • Marie says:

    A day with no pain is only a dream from the past. I was diagnosed is 2004 with interstitial lung disease most likely caused by the drug tegretol. Hospitalizations pain, lost my job, my husband, and my children. From this illness. NOW’ I have a hernia mesh breach. The hernia surgery was 2011. The onky feeling I have comes fro
    Hospice medication I am home mostly homebound. Now. And can’t grt the surgery I need. To fix the LAST hernia mesh implant. Shees

    Posted on February 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm

  • Marshall says:

    I had umbilical hernia surgery done in 2016. I have had nothing but complications since it’s been in me. After numerous visits to doctors, emergency rooms, CT scans, x-rays, blood work, MRI, and the inability to function and perform my activities of daily living have been compensated since this thing has been put in me. At one month ago today I finally had the removal of the mesh in a new mesh instilled. I now live in chronic pain. I have lived in chronic pain since the original insertion of a Bard product. My whole life has been affected every aspect mentally physically emotionally sexually. I suffer everyday still over a stupid hernia repair. I’m angry I’m upset if I would have known the risks I would not have had this done. So now on top of the other incisions I have in my abdominal area I now have a 9 in incision going vertically down my abdominal area. Boy that looks really nice with a shirt off. I didn’t want this to be done to me but I had no choice it had to come out. The new doctor told me did he had a hell of a time getting it out of me and when you did it was all balled up like a piece of aluminum foil and it was partially stuck to the small bowel according to the MRI report it migrated to the small intestine. So now what I’m hoping I got the best lawyers to represent me. I have put my faith in the legal team that’s representing me and I also put some faith in the new surgeon who has repaired and revised my new hernia. I don’t know if there’s other people that have suffered the things that I have suffered but I would love to know and listen to other people so I don’t feel that I’m the only one that continues to suffer on a day-to-day basis even after the revision surgery.

    Posted on March 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

  • Tom says:

    I had Bilateral Inguinal Hernia open surgery on August 10, 2015. They used the Bard Per Fix Plug and Polypropylene onlay mesh. I told my surgeon 2 months after surgery something is wrong, had a lot of pain and a sandpaper feeling along lower abdomen and inner thigh. He said it’s normal. I again at 6 month’s post op told him again there’s a problem . He told me that’s expected and don’t worry. I talked to 3 other surgeons and the said they could not help. I suffered for 5 years in chronic pain. Finally my Urologist told me he feels a hernia on both sides. So I went to see a surgeon, he performed a mesh revision surgery. he fixed hernia with the Mcvay procedure, Had to removed 2 entrapped nerves, removed old mesh that eroded and moved. also mesh came out in pieces. He then had to excise the adhesions around my Spermatic chord and lower my testicle back down. He told me he had to put another mesh in due to the damage the other caused. It’s the Ethicon Prolene mesh. I am experiencing pain and feels like like muscle torn. Have big lump below incision feels like bent over hard plastic. Only had 1 month of just light pain. I’m not waiting another 5 years to fix this. then I still have to have left side done.

    Posted on February 9, 2020 at 7:42 am

  • Karen says:

    I also had a mesh Implant. All it did for me was cause Excruciating pain NON Stop.

    Posted on July 1, 2021 at 1:51 am

  • Karen says:

    I had my hernia repaired twice the second time with mesh that just disintegrated, it was 2 months after the repair. I rolled over in my bed one morning and coughed just once and I felt it rip. Two years later I ended up getting a liver transplant 3 weeks later my hernia strangulated, I had to have another emergency surgery to save my life. The surgeon had to remove my belly button. After he spent hours picking pieces of that mesh out of my abdomin. Im scared for life , physically and emotionally. If you have ever had a tube put up your nose and down into your stomach , then you will understand how painful and uncomfortable that was. I was intubated for 6 days after. It was a horrible frightening experience. I was told how lucky I was that it strangulated while I was still in the recovery facility right across the street from my hospital. It would have probably killed me had I not had a great surgeon.

    Posted on February 13, 2022 at 11:31 am

  • Jeremiah says:

    Had surgery for hernia this year 2023 I. January and it returned in July I do have a revision surgery coming in December they want to put animal tissue inside me I am very afraid now someone help me please

    Posted on October 10, 2023 at 7:45 pm

  • chris says:

    Chris first had a carcinoid tumor of the cystic duck found during gallbladder surgery in Nashville Tennessee.
    Then in 2007, started having pancreatitis after five bouts of pancreatitis severe, over several months . he was found having another tumor in his pancreas, which was pancreatic cancer. They removed the tail and body and left the head. after they closed the surgery, they could not find the tumor so they had to open him back up and remove a fourth of the head which caused it to be close to a 12 hour surgery . praise God He is a lot today, but suffers greatly now 2024.. Chris has got a huge hernia due to the mesh that was used the second time. His stomach, has an extreme bulged on left side of stomach due to the mesh that was used to repair first hernia. The original plan was a small patch, ended up being a large patch Due to the mesh that was used to Repair the first hernia surgery . This is very difficult on him.
    in earlier years, he was exposed to it, asbestos where he worked at Armco steel in Kentucky.

    Posted on February 15, 2024 at 2:37 pm

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