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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 loved one have suffered from pain, infection, organ damage or hernia reoccurrence leading to subsequent surgery you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us today.

There are time limits by which you need to file a product liability lawsuit. Those limits could time bar your case if it is not filed in a timely manner.

More About Hernia Mesh Implants

Hernia mesh implants are comprised of many different types of products made from different materials utilizing different substances as layers of film, having different pore sizes, using different attachment mechanisms, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. All of these variables play a factor in the safety and effectiveness of hernia mesh implants, and many of them were never tested for safety and effectiveness before being marketed for use in hernia mesh implant surgeries.

Covidien Parietex mesh is made from polyester and has a layer of collagen film designed to disintegrate over time. Reports show that the film fails to protect against exposure to the polyester material. This, along with its rough edges, can lead to perforation of surrounding organs and tissues, infections, and dense bowel adhesions. The lightweight version of Covidien Parietex mesh with large pores have been shown to fail as a result of it breaking or tearing.

Covidien Symbotex Composite mesh is made from polyester textile and covered with absorbable hydrophilic film on both sides. The layer of film on this product consists of collagen from porcine origin and glycerol.  Covidien Symbotex claims to provide long term reinforcement of soft tissues while the absorbable film minimizes tissue attachment to the mesh in the event of direct contact with the viscera. Similar problems have been reported with Covidien Symbotex as those described with the Parietex implant.

Covidien Paritex ProGrip mesh claims to have a unique design consisting of thousands of microgrips that replace the need for alternative tacks or sutures. The fixation of this mesh is described as similar to Velcro. Once Covidien Paritex ProGrip is implanted, it cannot be moved.  This type of inflexible fixation has resulted in reports of tearing, fraying and unraveling of the mesh which can cause incredible pain, perforation of surrounding tissue and organs, and a pulling or tugging sensation.  Some patients have reported a foreign body response with Covidien Paritex ProGrip implants.

Covidien Parietex Plug and Patch is a plug-like design made from mesh. Covidien Parietex Plug and Patch was specifically indicated for the treatment of groin hernia defects. The World Guidelines for Groin Hernia Management have warned against the use of plug repair techniques because they are associated with higher rates of migration and erosion.

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