If you underwent surgery to repair a hernia using 3DMax™ Mesh and developed subsequent complications, you might have a claim against the mesh manufacturer. The attorneys at Stern Law, PLLC, can help you understand your rights and determine whether you could be eligible to file a lawsuit.
What is 3DMax™ Mesh?
3DMax™ Mesh is a trademarked surgical mesh product manufactured by Davol Inc., which is a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc. The mesh is constructed of polypropylene monofilaments. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer that can be strung into fibers and knitted together to form a piece of mesh. The 3DMax™ Mesh is used for repair of hernias that result from soft tissue weakness. This particular brand of mesh is primarily used in the inguinal, or inner groin, area of the body.
Davol designed its 3DMax™ Mesh to be placed during a laparoscopic procedure, in which the surgeon makes a small incision near the hernia site and places the mesh to reinforce the weakened tissue causing the hernia. This procedure is thought to be less invasive than a standard hernia repair operation.
3DMax™ Mesh Injuries
Numerous patients who have undergone surgery to repair a hernia using 3DMax™ Mesh have experienced subsequent problems related the mesh implant. Injuries can range from relatively minor infections to complications serious enough to require multiple additional surgeries. The most common injuries from 3DMax™ Mesh implants we have seen in our practice include:
- Infection – Infection is perhaps the most common 3DMax™ Mesh complication we see. Up to 8 percent of patients who have hernia repair surgery using mesh reported developing infections post operatively. The infection can be simple, requiring a round of antibiotics, but it can sometimes be severe, necessitating further surgical procedure to clean out the infected tissue.
- Chronic pain – Many patients who come to us with 3DMax™ Mesh complaints report being in constant pain. The pain is often localized to the site of the mesh implant, sometimes with pain radiating out to the limbs. Some of our clients report the pain is severe enough to interfere with work or other aspects of their lives.
- Adhesions – Adhesions are intense buildups of scar tissue that result in tissue sticking to internal organs. The 3DMax™ Mesh implant tends to cause a large amount of scar tissue formation, which often leads to adhesions. Though adhesions frequently carry no noticeable symptoms, they can cause pain or make any subsequent surgeries more complicated, by making it more difficult to isolate organs and healthy tissue during a surgery.
- Mesh tearing – Patients have reported their 3DMax™ Mesh implant tearing after implantation, potentially leading to recurrence of the hernia or other bodily injury. Mesh tearing usually requires a repeat hernia repair surgery.
- Mesh erosion and perforation – The 3DMax™ Mesh has been reported to erode into or perforate surrounding tissue and organs, causing pain, illness, and infection. In severe cases, mesh erosion or perforation can lead to nerve damage or damage to other bodily functions. In most cases, mesh erosion and perforation require additional surgery.
- Mesh folding – The 3DMax™ Mesh has a tendency to fold into itself after implantation. This folding results in mesh failure and recurrence of the hernia, as well as increased risk for scar tissue formation and damage to surrounding tissue and organs. Mesh folding typically requires a repeat hernia repair surgery.
- Mesh migration – In some cases, the 3DMax™ Mesh implant will move positions inside the body or “migrate” to another area of the body where it is not containing the hernia and has the potential to damage tissue and organs. Mesh migration usually requires a surgery to remove the existing mesh and repair the hernia again.
- Mesh shrinkage – The material that comprises the 3DMax™ Mesh has been known to contract or shrink into itself in the months following implantation. When this occurs, the mesh can become detached from the tissue holding it in place, leaving the patient vulnerable to migration and resulting problems.
When patients experience an injury following implantation of Davol 3DMax™ Mesh, they need an experienced product liability lawyer on their side. The lawyers at Stern Law, PLLC, have the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve results.
Do I Have a Claim?
In surgical mesh cases, it can be difficult to determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit. When you contact Stern Law, you can leave that worry to us. We will investigate your claim by ordering medical records to determine the exact mesh implant you have and the full nature of your injuries.
Our team can begin helping you today, starting with a confidential consultation at no cost to you. Contact Stern Law, PLLC today by calling (844) 808-7529, and schedule your free consultation with one of our skilled product liability attorneys.