Hernia Mesh Defects: Why Inguinal Plugs and Ventral Patches Can Be Harmful

Inguinal plugs are made from polypropylene material. As polypropylene oxidizes it becomes more rigid and brittle, which often leads to erosion. These plugs utilize more polypropylene material per unit area of defect than flat mesh, which means they are subject to faster oxidation and more inflammation. This along with their three-dimensional plug shape promotes contracture… Read more »

The Problems with Certain Bard/Davol Mesh Implants

C.R. Bard, Inc. (Davol) is a worldwide leader in the $600 million-dollar hernia mesh industry. They maintain one of the broadest and deepest product lines in the industry and they are a major profit source for the company making up 17% of its net total sales. Much of their market share success is the result… Read more »

The Evolution of Hernia Mesh Implants and How We Got to Composite Meshes

Hernia mesh has been utilized in surgical operations since the 1960s. Over the years there have been many different design variations and materials used in the manufacturing of these implants. The three main material groups are polypropylene (PP), polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) and Polyester (POL). PP is a hydrophobic polymer of carbon atoms with alternating methyl moieties…. Read more »

Covidien Hernia Mesh – Not All Hernia Mesh Implants are Created Equally

There are a number Covidien hernia mesh implants that appear to be poorly designed. While some mesh implants effectively treat hernias, others can cause complications that often lead to additional surgeries. Below is a list of Covidien mesh implants that GSP is investigating: Parietex Parietex Composite (PCO) Symbotex Surgipro Parietene Parietene Macroporous Progrip Parietex Progrip… Read more »

Clinical Trials Revealed that Ethicon’s Physiomesh Caused an Unacceptably High Number of Reoccurrences

A clinical trial (terminated in early 2014 due to safety concerns) found that Ethicon’s Physiomesh, had unacceptably high rates of reoccurrence and postoperative complications. The FDA cleared Physiomesh for marketing in 2010 under its 510(k) “substantially equivalent” approval mechanism. Under the 510(k) process manufacturers are permitted to market medical devices so long as they show… Read more »

COVIDIEN HERNIA MESH – NOT ALL HERNIA MESH IMPLANTS ARE CREATED EQUALLY

Certain Covidien hernia mesh implants appear to be poorly designed. Some mesh implants can cause complications that often lead to additional surgeries. GSP is investigating the following Covidien mesh implants: Parietex Parietex Composite (PCO) Symbotex Surgipro Parietene Parietene Macroporous Progrip Parietex Progrip Parietex Plug and Patch Parietene Progrip Protect Your Rights If you or a… Read more »

The Evolution of Hernia Mesh Implants and How We Got to Composite Meshes

Hernia Mesh Implants Hernia mesh has been utilized in surgical operations since the 1960s. Over the years there have been many different design variations and materials used in the manufacturing of these implants. The three main material groups are polypropylene (PP), polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) and Polyester (POL). PP is a hydrophobic polymer of carbon atoms with… Read more »

The Problems with Certain Bard/Davol Mesh Implants

Hernia Mesh Implants C.R. Bard, Inc. (Davol) is a worldwide leader in the $600 million-dollar hernia mesh industry. They maintain one of the broadest and deepest product lines in the industry and they are a major profit source for the company making up 17% of its net total sales. Much of their market share success… Read more »