More than a million hernia repairs are performed every year in the United States alone. Since the 1980s, the use of medical devices called surgical mesh in hernia repairs has risen drastically. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)1estimates that more than 90 percent of certain types of hernia repairs use hernia mesh patches.
While the use of hernia mesh may cause a reduction in recurrence, the devices have also been plagued by defects and higher-than-expected side effects. One of the hernia mesh patch devices that has been linked to high infection rates and other problems is the Gore-Tex hernia mesh.
Hundreds of adverse reports have been reported to the FDA, and now victims are starting to explore their legal options and hernia mesh lawsuits.