Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Adverse Side Effects

Defects discovered in the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch can cause serious and potentially life-threatening adverse side effects including:

Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch and Bowel Obstruction

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An especially dangerous side effect of the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch is bowel obstruction. Bowel obstruction occurs when a section of either the small or the large intestine becomes totally or partially blocked so that stool cannot pass through it. Bowel obstruction can be caused by many conditions but is most commonly caused by intestinal adhesions, hernias, or tumors. Signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction include abdominal pain or cramps, abdominal swelling, nausea, and vomiting. If left untreated, bowel obstruction can cause the blocked parts of the intestine to die, potentially leading to bowel perforation, severe infection, or shock. Those suffering from signs or symptoms of bowel obstruction should seek immediate medical attention.

Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch and Bowel Perforation

Another potential side effect of the Kugel Mesh hernia patch is bowel perforation, or perforated bowel. Bowel perforation is an opening in the intestinal wall which can allow the intestine’s contents to spill into the abdominal cavity. A defective Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch can cause bowel perforation in one of two ways. First, bowel perforation may occur when a hernia patch memory recoil ring breaks and pierces the intestines. Second, bowel perforation may occur when bowel obstruction caused by a defective hernia patch is left untreated.

Some early symptoms of bowel perforation include high fever, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. If left untreated, a bowel perforation can lead to sepsis, a potentially fatal blood infection. In almost all cases, bowel perforation requires surgery to wash out the abdomen. So far, at least seven Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch users have suffered bowel perforations caused by the memory recoil ring breaking and puncturing the abdominal wall.

Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch and Intestinal Fistulae

In addition to bowel obstruction and bowel perforation, the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch may cause intestinal fistulae as a side effect. Intestinal fistulae are abnormal passageways or connections between the intestines and other organs. Intestinal fistulae can occur as the result of congenital defects, injuries, infection, radiation, or illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease. Additionally, chronic (recurring) intestinal fistulae may be caused by the same defects in the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch that can cause bowel obstruction and bowel perforation. Many fistulas require surgical treatment which usually consists of removing a short segment of the intestine. These operations should be performed by a gastrointestinal or colorectal surgeon.

Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch patients who display symptoms of bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, or intestinal fistulae should seek medical treatment immediately. Additionally, if you or someone you love suffer from a side effect of bowel perforation, bowel obstruction, or developed intestinal fistulae as a result of a defective Composix Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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