People who know they have had the Kugel Mesh Patch implanted can take action against the manufacturer, Davol Inc.. Lawsuits have already been filed against the company, alleging the patch caused serious complications. However, there are some people who have had hernia surgeries and are unable to find out what patches were used on them. Others may experience complications but ignore them, thinking the side effects are a normal part of recovery.
Unfortunately, serious complications from the Kugel Mesh Patch are not simply a normal side effect from surgery. They are a sign that something is wrong and must be dealt with immediately. Some patients have reported "going septic." Septic shock is a very serious condition that is caused by infection and sepsis. It can cause multiple organ failure and death. Although septic shock can be treated, the mortality rate is still around 50 per cent.
Other people have reported that they felt as though they still had a hernia after their hernia repair surgery. Many have reported severe pain, tenderness, difficulty moving and swelling at the site of the surgery. Some have fevers, nausea, and diarrhea.
Unfortunately, many patients who have had complications after hernia surgery are not sure whether or not the Kugel Mesh Patch was used. In some cases, they contact their doctors to find out but their questions are ignored. One woman says she was asked "Why does it matter?" when she asked her doctor if the Kugel Mesh Patch was implanted during her hernia repair surgery.
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Davol Inc. received reports of problems with the patch in 2005. In fact, in a three-month span, 10 memory recoil rings broke causing serious problems for patients. At the time, Davol blamed the problem on doctors using improper implanting techniques and placing too much stress on the recoil ring. However, within the year the company determined that the problem was actually the result of a failure on the device's ring weld.
The Kugel Mesh Patch has since been recalled, but it has been linked to at least 80 injuries and three deaths. Because the company advised doctors to consider whether or not already implanted devices should be taken out of patients, there are still patients who have the Kugel Mesh Patch implanted and could develop problems in the future.