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Covidien Hernia Mesh Lawsuit: Do You Qualify?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  May 15, 2020   |  

Have you been injured due to potentially defective hernia mesh made by Covidien? You may qualify for a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit and be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Parietex hernia mesh is manufactured by Covidien, a subsidiary of Medtronic. Covidien hernia mesh products are approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in hernia repair procedures.  However, the FDA has recognized these hernia surgical mesh devices may be linked to complications, and many Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed.

If you have been injured as a result of complications due to potentially defective Covidien hernia mesh, you may be entitled to compensation and be able to file or join a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit.

Please call our experienced hernia mesh lawsuit lawyers today at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE case review. There is no obligation and you’ll only pay attorney fees if we recover financial compensation for you as a result of a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit or hernia mesh settlement.

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Complications Due to Defective Covidien Hernia Mesh

Covidien hernia mesh complications are similar to complications seen in other FDA-approved hernia mesh products.  According to the FDA, some common issues with the use of hernia mesh may include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Recurrence of the hernia
  • Adhesions
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage

Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed as a result of these potential complications and our hernia mesh attorneys are actively investigating these claims.

When manufacturers of medical devices find their products may have contributed to adverse events, or malfunctioned, they are required by law to report these events to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If the adverse effects linked to a certain medical device increase, manufacturers or the FDA may be forced to recall the product.

Polyester Hernia Mesh

Instead of using polypropylene for the Parietex device, Covidien used polyester. Covidien has been plagued by its polyester-based hernia mesh products, as these hernia mesh has been known to tear on tacks and sutures. The tearing happens because polyester meshes contract.

This tearing of the Parietex Covidien mesh is a direct result of the mesh contracting. It can also trigger a severe inflammatory response. Some patients suffered pain, needed additional surgeries, and were hospitalized due to faulty hernia mesh used in surgery.

Covidien Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Eligibility - Riddle & BrantleyIf you’ve suffered any of these injuries potentially due to defective Covidien hernia mesh, you may be eligible for a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit or settlement and be entitled to significant financial compensation.

For a FREE consultation with an experienced Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111 today or fill out the fast and easy form below.

We will review your claim, advise you on your best legal options, and if you decide to hire us, we will fight tirelessly for your right to justice and compensation.

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Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

What Covidien hernia mesh devices have been linked to adverse effects?

  • Covidien Parietex Surgical Mesh
  • Covidien Parietex Composite Mesh
  • Covidien Parietex ProGrip Mesh

Originally, the Parietex hernia mesh was made of a heavyweight polyester, which caused complications similar to polypropylene used in other mesh products.

This heavy polyester also had other problems as well.

Polyester is soft and flimsy. Some surgeons reported having problems while trying to properly manipulate and maneuver the Parietex during implantation. Attempting to fix this problem, Covidien added a collagen layer to subsequent versions of the product, such as Parietex Composite and Parietex ProGrip. In 2009 Covidien came out with the Parietex Monofilament Polyester Mesh.

This mesh is made from a light-weight polyester which came with its own set of problems and has led to additional Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits being filed.

Unsealed edges pose a problem in Covidien Parietex mesh products

Most hernia mesh products have sealed or smooth edges. Covidien Parietex hernia mesh has an unsealed edge which exposes the ends of hundreds of polyester fibers.

Once implanted, these fibers become much harder and can perforate the bowel or other organs. Without a sealed, smooth edge the polyester fibers may fray and unravel. This makes the Covidien hernia mesh more susceptible to tearing away from the tacks and sutures holding it in place. Once the fibers begin to unravel, small fibers break away from the mesh.

These fibers can travel throughout the body and become embedded in other tissue. Individual fibers then trigger their own inflammatory response, which can lead to potentially life-threatening infections.

Despite these safety risks, Covidien kept the unsealed edges on their Parietex Composite and Parietex ProGrip products.

Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed as a result of these potential defects and complications.

For a FREE consultation regarding a potential Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit, please call 1-800-525-7111.

Our hernia mesh attorneys anticipate potentially large settlements in these hernia mesh lawsuits and now is the time to have your claim investigated.

“We anticipate potentially large settlements as a result of these Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits. Now is the time to have your injury claim investigated to see if you may qualify.”

-Gene Riddle, attorney and managing partner, Riddle & Brantley

Tearing in Covidien hernia mesh

Covidien Hernia Mesh Complications - Riddle & BrantleyCovidien’s Parietex hernia mesh products are prone to shrink and contract significantly after implantation. The polyester fibers of the Parietex mesh product are weaker than the titanium tacks and polypropylene sutures used to secure the hernia mesh.

This weak polyester fiber product can tear on the securing tacks and sutures with added tension due to the Parietex contracting.

After the mesh tears, the patient re-herniates. Consequently, the Parietex mesh can ball up or migrate. Covidien made the Parietex ProGrip to remedy this situation. They added thousands of micro-hooks so that tacks and sutures weren’t needed to secure the mesh. While Covidien’s solution does alleviate the need to use sutures or tacks, it doesn’t solve the problem of mesh contraction, which can lead to serious injury.

Added Coatings

Covidien began adding coatings to their mesh because of problems surgeons had maneuvering and implanting the mesh. Covidien added a thin collagen film to the Parietex calling this new mesh the Parietex Composite.

While this new coating helped surgeons navigate the new mesh, it did not protect the patient’s bowel from the polyester. Once implanted, the collagen film quickly disintegrates and exposes bare polyester to underlying organs. This can cause adhesions and infections leading to bowel obstructions.

It is important to note that no human trials were conducted with the Parietex Composite before being put on the market.

If you’ve sufferd injury due to Covidien hernia mesh, you may be entitled to compensation as part of a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit or settlement.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today to speak with an experienced hernia mesh attorney who can help.

What can be done with faulty Parietex mesh?

The major problem with the Parietex mesh is it contracts and causes the mesh to tear. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to fix the contracting and tearing.

It can be very difficult and painful to remove the Parietex ProGrip. There are 5000 micro-grips all hooked securely into a patient’s tissue. Once the mesh begins to contract it becomes extremely painful. It must be cut into small pieces along with the underlying tissue and taken out. It may take several operations to successfully remove this product.

“Has Covidien hernia mesh been recalled?”

Though other products made by Covidien have been recalled, at this time, neither the FDA nor Covidien have issued any Covidien Parietex hernia mesh recalls. However, because of the known issues with this mesh, the case for the recall is growing, and Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits are being filed.

Like other surgical mesh products, Covidien did not conduct human trials before putting Parietex mesh into the market. This is because Covidien took complete advantage of the FDA’s 510k fast-track approval process. Without human trials, very serious complications and side effects from the Covidien Parietex mesh were not discovered until patients began suffering and reporting these problems to the FDA.

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Do you qualify for a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit or settlement?

If you’ve suffered hernia mesh injury due to a Covidien-manufactured implant, you may qualify for a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit and be entitled to compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced hernia mesh lawyer at Riddle & Brantley.

There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you.

Contact Riddle & Brantley for a free consultation regarding a potential Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit or settlement

If you or a loved one is suffering because of a Covidien hernia mesh product, the Riddle & Brantley law firm may be able to help.

We have been serving victims of potentially defective medical devices for more than 35 years and would love to help you get justice or compensation if we can.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the simple form below for a FREE consultation with a Covidien hernia mesh lawsuit lawyer.

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-Christine W., Riddle & Brantley client

One of our Covidien hernia mesh lawyers will be happy to help.

The consultation is free, and we don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for you.

Justice Counts for victims of potentially defective hernia mesh and we would love to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.