The Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch, first FDA approved in 1996, is a medical device designed to repair ventral hernias in cases where the stomach muscles cannot withstand the manual stitching necessary for hernia-repair surgery. The mesh is placed between the intestines and the stomach lining in order to keep the intestines in their original position.
Davol, the manufacturer of the Kugel hernia patch, began receiving complaints about complications surrounding the mesh patch in 2003. The most concerning issue is with the device’s memory recoil ring, a hard plastic mechanism with sharp edges designed to keep the patch open after implantation.
Reports suggest that under stress in the stomach the ring can break, causing punctures to internal organs and serious subsequent injuries, including bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, chronic intestinal fistulae and dangerous infections. Symptoms of these conditions may include unexplained, persistent abdominal pain, fever or tenderness at the surgical site.
To address mounting consumer complaints regarding serious complications associated with the surgical tool, FDA and Davol, after investigation, began recalling the Kugel hernia patch in 2005. Due to the recall, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed suggesting that Davol should be held responsible for releasing a faulty medical device into the marketplace.
If you or someone you know has experienced complications stemming from a Kugel hernia repair patch, contact one of New York Attorneys today. You may be entitled to compensation for unpaid medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and a loss of quality of life because of complications related to Davol’s dangerous hernia repair device.