In 2014, Covidien was acquired by Medtronic and now exists as one of Medtronic’s subsidiaries. Covidien hernia mesh products have been around for about two decades, but as of late, they have become subject to controversy as healthcare providers have reported defects in Covidien’s hernia mesh products. Trials are expected to focus on what evidence Covidien has that shows their products were not defective and did not cause the complications alleged in the complaints against them.
The defective product at the center of most of these complaints is part of Covidien’s Symbotex line of hernia mesh products.
The Covidien Symbotex is an implantable hernia mesh that is mostly used to treat ventral hernia through laparoscopic surgeries. Unlike other hernia implants, the Symbotex is made of polyester rather than polypropylene plastic. However, polyester has numerous defects that can result in chronic pain and discomfort, and lead to other medical complications.
Even if the Symbotex implant stays in place, the outside edges can unravel and send threads of polyester into the bloodstream. Because polyester causes more inflammation than other materials, anywhere the threads end up can cause potential problems.
Despite the problems that the polyester in the Covidien Symbotex has caused, the device has not been recalled. Instead, victims and patients who have suffered from the hernia mesh’s defects have had to join hernia mesh MDLs and lawsuits to get the compensation they deserve.
Preserving removed mesh is a crucial step if you are considering litigation, especially because mesh is your property as a patient. Therefore, you may request preservation or delivery of your mesh, to either you or your legal representative. Make sure you don’t sign a medical release with your doctor, as it may state your doctor has the right to return the mesh to the manufacturer–without notifying you.
Have you or a loved one been harmed by a hernia mesh? Our expert team at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is currently helping lead the hernia mesh litigation in New Jersey and throughout the country.
Our firm offers you the advice and communication you require to find comfort during this challenging time. Please contact us today online or by telephone at (212) 684-1880 to speak with an experienced New York and New Jersey mesh recall lawyer.
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