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The Basics of Hiatal Hernias

Posted on May 15th, 2013 No Comments

A person’s diaphragm performs an essential function by separating their heart and lungs from their abdomen. An opening, which is called a “hiatus,” in the diaphragm helps the esophagus reach the stomach, allowing for proper food absorption and digestion. However, sometimes a part of the stomach becomes wedged in this opening, preventing food and other […]

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Common Types of Hernias

Posted on March 26th, 2013 No Comments

A hernia is a condition that happens when portions of an intestine bulge from the body cavities that contain them, causing the patient slight to extreme pain. Additionally, blood vessels in the hernia are constricted, cutting blood supply and causing an emergency need for the body to get an immediate supply of oxygen. While there […]

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Football Player Akers Facing Professional Complications due to Hernia Issues

Posted on January 14th, 2013 No Comments

David Akers, a kicker for the San Francisco 49ers, had a double sports hernia surgery in February of 2012 and faced almost a year of recovery, rehabilitation, and ongoing complications due to the surgery. Now he is facing additional professional pressure as the team has hired Billy Cundiff to potentially play in the divisional playoff […]

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FDA Issues New Warnings for Surgical Mesh Grafts

Posted on August 4th, 2011 No Comments

The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued new warnings for surgical mesh patches. According to officials with the FDA, the risks of using mesh patches such as AlloDerm in pelvic organ prolapsed surgeries may outweigh the benefits. Risks include mesh erosion, pain, infection, bleeding, organ perforation from tools used in the placement of […]

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AlloDerm Hernia Patch Associated with Multiple Surgeries

Posted on July 15th, 2011 No Comments

The AlloDerm hernia repair skin graft matrices have been linked to an increased need for secondary procedures. According to a recent study, approximately eight percent of patients who received an AlloDerm mesh patch in a hernia repair operation required an explants procedure, or a second surgery. While explants surgeries are not unheard of with all […]

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C.R. Bard to Pay $184M to Settle Hernia Patch Lawsuits

Posted on July 7th, 2011 No Comments

C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to pay $184 million to settle most of the lawsuits filed over its allegedly defective hernia patches. Routing Number CITIZENS BANKK According to court documents, the settlement will affect about 2,600 of the 3,600 Composix Kugel hernia patch injury lawsuits filed throughout the country. The lawsuits concern patches manufactured by […]

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AlloDerm Hernia Repair Patch Linked to Adverse Side Effects, Failures

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

AlloDerm is a human-derived tissue patch manufactured by the LifeCell Corporation, which has recently been linked to a number of failures. AlloDerm was first introduced in 1994 to help physicians treat burn victims. As a human-derived tissue, the patch works by promoting tissue growth wherever it is placed. AlloDerm is essentially donor skin that is […]

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FDA Approves New Hernia Patch

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 No Comments

A new hernia mesh patch has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The PhysioMesh was approved last month for use in hernia repair surgeries. The patch is a flexible synthetic composite made out of material similar to sutures. The mesh patch is comprised of the material used to make stitches and […]

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Johnson & Johnson’s Hernia Patch Recall

Posted on May 24th, 2011 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson has issued multiple recalls in the last 15 months for a variety of dangerous products, including hernia mesh repair patches. Many of Johnson & Johnson’s recalled products were produced at its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit in Pennsylvania. The Fort Washington McNeil plant is responsible for more than one million of recalled bottles […]

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Hernia Mesh Patch Recalls

Posted on May 20th, 2011 No Comments

A popular mesh patch used to in hernia repair procedures has been recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration. According to a press release by the FDA, the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch, which is used to repair ventral hernias caused by stretching or thinning of post-surgical scar tissue, is being recalled. The […]

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