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Visilex Hernia Mesh Device Problems

Visilex Hernia Mesh

Bard Davol, Inc., is a gigantic medical-supplies business. The corporation is based in Providence, Rhode Island, and has been manufacturing and selling medical and surgical supplies since 1874. So the company has quite a lot of experience developing, testing, marketing, and selling products for medical and surgical procedures.

As one of the leading manufacturers of hernia mesh devices, Bard Davol, Inc., knows something about the potential health hazards of these products. So let’s let Bard Davol, Inc., take the lead in explaining how its Visilex hernia mesh can pose serious health issues in the patients in who it has been surgically implanted.

Here’s what Bard Davol’s own website says about the possible “adverse reactions” to its Visilex hernia mesh:

Adverse Reactions associated with surgical mesh may include but are not limited to seroma, adhesion, hematoma, pain, infection, inflammation, extrusion, erosion, migration, fistula formation and recurrence of the hernia or soft tissue defect.

That sounds pretty serious, Bard Davol. Let’s go through those one by one.


A seroma is a pocket of clear fluid that can develop in the body after a surgical procedure. Most of that fluid is blood plasma.

Seromas are often harmless, but they can linger in the body for as long as years, and can harden into little nodes, which sometimes require surgical removal.

Often, seromas are breeding grounds for the bacteria that can cause infection. If a seroma ruptures, infectious bacteria can spill out into the body cavity, where they can cause serious health problems.

Strike one against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.


When Bard Davol, Inc., refers to the Visilex having an “adhesion” problem, they’re making a serious health hazard sound no worse than the roll of tape you keep in your office drawer.

All hernia mesh devices can cause complications by adhering to internal tissues and organs. The devices can dissolve into body tissues, effectively “melting” into them. When that happens, hernia mesh can be impossible to remove, and it can cause inflammation and infection (more on those subjects below).

Hernia mesh adhesion is a nasty business.

Strike two against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.


“Hematoma” is the medical term for bruising. Hematomas develop when blood vessels rupture, releasing blood into the body, where it collects.

In most cases, hematomas heal themselves as the blood is slowly reabsorbed into the body. In most cases, hematomas are tender and painful. In some cases, hematomas can restrict movement and can cause lumps which may require surgical removal.

Strike three against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh. Inning over.


No surgical procedure is enjoyable. We expect surgery itself to cause discomfort and pain. But when a surgically implanted device itself causes pain, that’s a problem. On the advice of our doctors, we undergo surgery to remove pain, not to increase the likelihood of pain.

Strike four against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.


The “adhesion” mentioned above is the main cause of infection with the Visilex hernia mesh. The Visilex can get absorbed into body organs and tissues – it actually becomes a part of the body, and is often impossible to remove, even with the most advanced surgical techniques.

Since, of course, the Visilex is not a part of the body itself – it’s made of polypropylene plastic – the body regards it as a foreign entity, and summons all the defenses in the immune system to combat it. That’s when infection can set in – just like when you ignore that splinter in your heel for too long.

The Visilex is supposed to help, not hurt.

Strike five against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.


Inflammation is less serious than infection, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less painful. An inflamed organ or tissue can cause serious pain or discomfort.

Strike six against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh. Another side retired.


“Extrusion,” in this case, means “the tissues of your body may deform and get squeezed through the tiny little holes in the Visilex hernia mesh, causing you a great deal of pain.”

As the polypropylene plastic that makes up the Visilex hernia mesh shrinks, deforms, and dissolves, so do the tiny gaps in the mesh. Body tissue can get pressed and squeezed – extruded, that is – through those tiny gaps.

Imagine taking a piece of chicken wire and pressing it against your thigh. Now press harder. Harder. Harder. That hurts pretty bad, right? That’s exactly what’s happening, on a microscopic scale, during the process of “extrusion” with the Visilex hernia mesh.

Strike seven against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.


“Erosion” sounds like a natural process. River beds erode. Cliffsides erode. Even the Grand Canyon was formed by erosion.

Yet the erosion associated with the Visilex hernia mesh is anything but natural. In this case, “erosion” means that the plastic that comprises the Visilex mesh can actually dissolve and melt into body tissue. Patients who have been implanted with the Visilex actually have melted – excuse us, eroded – plastic inside their bodies.

We believe that melted plastic has no business being inside the body.

Strike eight against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.


Oh, how nice – migration. Like Canada geese and monarch butterflies during the change of seasons.

The thing is, though, that, in order for a hernia mesh to do its job, it has to stay in one place. The Visilex hernia mesh is supposed to keep organs and tissues in place at the site of a surgical procedure. But if the Visilex decides to “migrate” to another part of the body, it can cause major problems. First, it’s not present at the site where it’s supposed to do its job of keeping organs in place. Second, it can get loose in the body, where it can get tangled up with blood vessels, organs, and tissues, thereby causing all kinds of unpredictable and potentially life-threatening complications.

Strike nine against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh. Three innings have passed, and Team Visilex hasn’t even managed a walk or a foul tip.

Fistula formation

A fistula is an unnatural “passageway” that forms between two bodily organs, or between an organ and the outside world. Think of the formation of a fistula in the body like the construction of a hallway between two rooms in the house – except it’s a hallway that no one wanted, that serves no purpose, and that can compromise the structural integrity of the whole building.

Fistulas can easily develop infections. Fistulas can cause swelling, discomfort, and pain. Fistulas can require surgery. Depending on where they are located, fistulas can be fatal.

Strike ten against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh.

Recurrence of the hernia or soft tissue defect

Here’s the worst problem of all with the Visilex hernia mesh: It may very well cause the problem that it was supposed to solve.

The Visilex hernia mesh – after possibly causing infection, erosion, fistulas, and all these other health complication – may in fact wind up serving absolutely no purpose whatsoever. It can cause the hernia is was supposed to contain.

There could not be a more pointless, negative outcome.

Strike eleven against the Bard Davol Visilex hernia mesh. In fact, let’s call it strike two million. There’s little that’s good about the Visilex hernia mesh, but there’s a lot that’s very, very bad.

If you’ve had a Visilex hernia mesh surgically implanted, you may be at risk – and you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. To find out what you can do about it, contact

But don’t take our word for it. Just listen to what Bard Davol, Inc. – the manufacturer of the Visilex hernia mesh – has to say.

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