Covidien surgical mesh products have been on the market for several years. They were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in hernia repair procedures. However, they have been linked to various complications in patients.
Complications linked to Covidien Hernia Mesh
The FDA issued warnings to health practitioners and the public over complications linked to the use of some Covidien hernia mesh products. These complications include:
- Recurrence of hernia
- Obstruction of bowels – some parts of the intestine are blocked
- Formation of adhesions – this includes the formation of scar-like tissue that then sticks together.
- Migration of the mesh
- Shrinkage of the mesh
Recalling of the Hernia Mesh
When manufacturers learn about defects in their devices or complications being caused by the use of their products, they are required by law to report to the FDA about these adverse events. Patients and health practitioners are also encouraged by the FDA to report any adverse events resulting from the use of any medical product. If a particular product is linked to a certain number of events, the FDA will require the manufacturer to recall the product from the market.
The FDA has so far received various reports on the following Covidien Parietex products:
- Covidien Parietex Surgical Mesh – Various reports about the failure of the surgical mesh have been reported to the FDA. One included the complete failure and migration of the mesh. The patient required additional surgery to locate the mesh that was later found at the bottom of the stomach.
- ProGrip Mesh – Reports on the ProGrip Mesh have included patients experiencing pain and requiring injections to alleviate the pain. Other patients have reported failure of the implant and requiring surgery for correction, swellings in the groin as well as pain while passing urine.
- Covidien Parietex Composite Mesh – Reports on the composite mesh have included incidents where the mesh has resulted in further injury of the patient, the development of necrosis and infections where the mesh was implanted. These have all resulted in the surgical removal of the mesh.
So far, neither the manufacturers of Covidien Parietex surgical mesh products nor the FDA have issued a recall for the products that have received adverse reports.
If you or someone you know have had complications resulting from the implantation of any Covidien surgical mesh products, you should seek the assistance of an attorney to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these defective products.