Lawsuits have been filed by thousands of people who were injured by hernia mesh patches and plugs. In 2016, Ethicon pulled Physiomesh off the market due to higher rates of surgery complications. Atrium C-QUR Mesh has also been linked to serious injuries.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting hernia mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by surgery complications, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is a Hernia?
Hernias occur when an organ, intestines, or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or weak spot in a muscle. Anything that increases abdominal pressure can cause a hernia, including obesity, weight-lifting, constipation, or pregnancy.
Types of Hernias
- Inguinal: inner groin
- Femoral: upper thigh or outer groin
- Incisional: surgical incision or scar in the abdomen
- Ventral: abdominal wall
- Umbilical: belly button
- Hiatal: inside the abdomen on the diaphragm
Hernia Mesh Patches & Plugs
Hernias have a high risk of re-opening (called “recurrence“). To reduce this risk, most surgeons stitch in a mesh patch or plug to help reinforce muscles and connective tissues. They can be synthetic or non-synthetic, permanent or absorbable. Some patches work better than others. For example, Physiomesh was withdrawn from the market due to higher rates of recurrence.
Hernia Mesh Complications
- Chronic pain
- Infections or abscesses
- Hernia recurrence
- Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
- Blockage of the large or small intestine
- Organ perforation
- Allergic reaction
- Foreign body reaction
- Mesh migration or erosion
- Mesh shrinkage (contraction)
- Needing another surgery
Ethicon Hernia Mesh Problems
In May 2016, Ethicon recalled all unused stock of Physiomesh in Europe and Australia, but only issued a “market withdrawal” in the United States. The problem was that two large studies in Germany and Denmark found higher rates of hernia recurrence and re-operation compared to similar hernia patches. Ethicon sent surgeons a Field Safety Notice (PDF) with a list of affected products and blamed the problem on “multi-factorial issues.”
Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits
In September 2016, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a woman from Florida who was seriously injured by Ethicon Physiomesh. She says it blocked her intestines, caused chronic pain, and could not be completely removed because it was embedded in her abdominal wall — Case No: 6:16-cv-01663.
In April 2016, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a man from Illinois who was implanted with Physiomesh in 2013. In July 2015, he developed symptoms of an infection and was diagnosed with two abscesses and an intestinal fistula. His case is set for trial in January 2018 before Judge J. Phil Gilbert — Case No. 3:16-cv-00368.
Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Atrium Medical Corporation is facing more than 15 lawsuits involving C-QUR Hernia Mesh, which is coated in Omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil). This fish oil coating c is advertised as a way to prevent adhesions and reduce inflammation. However, allergic reactions can actually cause severe inflammation and adhesions that require surgery.
Omega-3 Hernia Mesh Recalled
In July 2013, Atrium recalled most of their C-QUR Hernia Mesh implants because high humidity could cause the fish oil gel coating to peel off and stick to the inside of the package. Lawyers have questioned whether a similar risk could occur inside the hot and wet human body.
Other Hernia Mesh Recalls
From 2005 to 2007, C.R. Bard and Davol issued three recalls for Composix Kugel Mesh patches because the “memory recoil ring” can break and cause a bowel perforations or intestinal fistula. In June 2010, another Class I recall was issued for counterfeit hernia mesh sold under the C.R. Bard or Davol brand-name. In 2013, Atrium recalled C-QUR Edge Mesh because the fish oil coating could peel off.
Hernia Patch Lawsuit Settlements
In 2010, Christopher Thorpe was awarded $1.5 million after he suffered severe internal injuries when his hernia mesh patch broke inside his body. In 2011, C.R. Bard paid a $184 million settlement to resolve over 3,000 hernia mesh lawsuits.
Hernia Patch Class Action Lawsuit
Thousands of people who were injured by bad hernia mesh patches and plugs have filed lawsuits. However, these lawsuits are not part of a class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits that were centralized into one federal court. The problem with class actions is that they are not designed to maximize compensation for individuals with the most serious injuries from hernia mesh.
Do I have a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting hernia mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Ethicon Physiomesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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