The Federal Drug Administration recalled some types of surgical mesh implants used to repair hernias due to complications associated with the products, says FDA.org. Some patients who were implanted with the recalled mesh products experienced pain, infection, recurrence of the hernia condition, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation.
Several types of Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch were recalled in 2005, 2006, and 2007 due to potential complications following their use in hernia repair surgery, says FDA.org. In surgery, the patch is folded and inserted through a small incision to the area behind the hernia. A “memory recoil ring” allows the patch to spring open and lay flat once it is in place in the abdomen. However, in some patients the "memory recoil ring" broke under the stress of placement, leading to bowel perforations and/or chronic intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections or passageways between the intestines and other organs).
In 2010, the FDA issued another recall of surgical mesh products used in hernia repairs when some of these products were determined to be counterfeit. Counterfeit surgical mesh products labelled with the brand name C. R. Bard/Davol were distributed from October 21, 2008 to October 27, 2009, says FDA.gov. Patients who underwent hernia repair or surgery to repair chest wall defects during the recall periods should contact their surgeon to find out what mesh products may have been used in their surgery.