Here is a brief history of using surgical (hernia) mesh:

1970’s: Surgical (hernia) mesh used to correct various hernias.

1990’s: Using a mesh for hernia repairs gains wide acceptance by doctors.

2010: $1.5 million verdict against R. Bard regarding it’s Kugel hernia mesh.

2011: $184 million paid by Bard to settle over 1,000 hernia mesh claims.

April 2016: FDA warns the public about “many reports” that patients with hernia mesh experienced “pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation”.

2018: Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits in federal court are consolidated in the Northern District of Georgia for pre-trial proceedings. See Physiomesh MDL Court Sets Schedule for First Bellwether Trial by ERIC T. CHAFFIN NOV 20, 2018

This snapshot of events is just the tip of the iceberg. The number of surgical mesh manufacturers has grown _ and continues to grow _ to meet a huge worldwide demand. The rush to profit from mesh sales resulted in many defective mesh products getting to market. Reports of serious complications arose and increased alarmingly.

The results of the early “Kugel Mesh” lawsuits drew hundreds of law firms into the the search for injured patients. A person with serious complications from their hernia mesh implant, was confused by the large number of ads by advertising law firms with 800-numbers, and promises of money.

Source: The Legal Examiner