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The Bard Composix Hernia Mesh: More Is Less

What is a hernia?

Very simply, a hernia is a situation in which an internal organ or a portion of tissue protrudes through the space in which it is supposed to reside. Hernias are quite common, and can be brought on by diet, obesity, strenuous labor, and chronic or genetic conditions.

The reason that hernias can be serious is that, when the organ bulges into an “off-limits” area, the blood supply to that organ can get choked off. That can lead to tissue necrosis, disease, or even, in serious cases, death.

In principle, a hernia mesh device can hold a bulging organ or tissue back into its proper place.

Every hernia mesh device is designed along the same principle: A fine mesh screen is surgically implanted at the site of a hernia for the purpose of keeping the bulging organ or tissue in place.

So far, so good.

There are many different hernia mesh devices on the market, and each of them differs from the others in small but significant ways. In the case of the Bard Composix and Bard Composix EX hernia mesh devices, the distinguishing characteristic is very simple: they have two layers of material.

One layer of all types of Composix hernia mesh is polypropylene – the same kind of plastic used to make fishing line and synthetic carpets. According to Bard Davol, the maker of the Composix hernia meshes, the polypropylene side of the mesh promotes tissue growth at the site of the surgical incision over which it is placed.

The other side of the Composix hernia mesh contains a “permanent submicronic ePTFE barrier.” OK, so what’s ePTFE? You mean you didn’t know? ePTFE is an abbreviation for “expanded polytetrafluoroethylene,” which is a polymer that has extremely tiny pores. You may know it as the key component of Gore-Tex, a substance that’s now in everything from ski jackets to dental floss to NASA equipment. The purpose of the ePTFE layer of the Composix hernia mesh is to minimize the possibility that the mesh will adhere to the incision.

All of that sounds like a great idea. Except that it doesn’t always work.

The human body – especially the inside of the human body – doesn’t always behave in predictable ways. The moist environment that surrounds our internal organs and tissues can foster bacterial growth – especially after surgeons make incisions that inevitably let in some of the outside environment.

Even with these dual-layer “precautions,” the Composix and the Composix EX hernia mesh devices have been linked with a number of health problems that have plagued all other hernia mesh products:

• adhesion: the Composix can – even with that layer of ePTFE – stick to the incision site and “melt into” organs and tissues.

• inflammation and infection: in fact, the pores in the ePTFE layer are so small that bacteria can “hide” in them, thereby causing infection.

• pain: any hernia mesh can shrink and deform, and, in doing so, can twist internal organs and tissues along with it. When that happens, it hurts.

• seroma: any hernia mesh can cause little pockets of blood plasma to form near the site of the incision. Over time, these can grow to become hard and painful, and may need to be surgically removed.

• recurrence: More often than they should, hernia mesh devices simply fail, thus sometimes requiring a surgical procedure to remove the faulty mesh and, sometimes, yet another surgery in order to fix the hernia that should have been fixed to begin with.

To make everything worse, there’s plenty of evidence that the makers of these hernia mesh devices – including Bard – knew full well about the dangers that their products posed, yet did nothing about it. They withheld crucial health information from doctors and patients, and now those patients are paying the price.

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