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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Class 1 Recall: Hernia Mesh Patch

The mesh patches that are being recalled were surgically implanted into people to support the abdominal wall after hernia surgery and have a “memory recoil ring” that makes it pop into shape after it is inserted. The recall is due to ring breakage, which can result in a sharp, exposed point inside the abdomen, which can perforate the intestines, cause a fistula, abcess, bowel obstruction, and in some cases sepsis and death. If you have had a recent hernia surgery and are experiencing fever, pain at the incision site, abdominal tenderness or distention, nausea, contact your doctor immediately. Anyone that has had a Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch should receive notice from their hospital or surgeon. However, this isn’t always the case. Therefore, if you have had hernia surgery, it is probably a good idea to contact your surgeon to find out if your patch was recalled. The recall applies to the oval, large oval, and large circle devices.

[click here for more information on the Hernia Mesh Patch Class 1 Recall]

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