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Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

UPDATE 3/9/21: The first trial in the Bard/Davol Hernia Mesh MDL is scheduled to begin August 2, 2021. Case Management Order No. 23-E – Pretrial and Trial Scheduled for First Bellwether Case

Physiomesh Hernia Mesh MDL, Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh MDL and Proceed Surgical Mesh/Proceed Ventral Patch Litigation are also scheduled in 2021.

Hernia mesh lawsuits allege the mesh caused painful complications requiring surgery to remove or revise the mesh, additional treatment and medication. Mesh manufacturers include Ethicon Physiomesh, Bard / Davol, Atrium C-Qur, Covidien / Medtronic (Tyco) and others. Complications include:

  • Chronic Pain,
  • Abscesses,
  • Infections,
  • Adhesions to the bowel;
  • Bowel blockages,
  • Perforation of organs and tissues,
  • Fistulas (holes or sinus tract),
  • Mesh erosion,
  • Mesh rupture;
  • Mesh shrinkage;
  • Mesh migration;
  • Mesh contracture;
  • Hernia recurrence (as a result of migration and/or contracture);
  • Wound dehiscence (separation of the tissues)

Read the FDA information: Hernia Surgical Mesh Implants and Contact us for a free medical legal consultation and how to find the name of your hernia mesh manufacturer.

Bard /Davol MDL Hernia Mesh

UPDATE: Bard/Davol Hernia Mesh Trial Scheduled April 19, 2021 

MDL 2846 Davol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc. Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation was ordered before Chief United States District Judge  Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., and Honorable Kimberly A. Jolson, United States Magistrate Judge of Columbus, Ohio. Bard hernia mesh cases are also filed in Rhode Island District Court.

Davol/CR Bard leads the hernia mesh market in the United States. There are also over seven thousand cases filed against Davol, Inc., the Bard subsidary, in Rhode Island state court, Bard offered $184 million to settle 2,600 Kugel hernia mesh patch lawsuits over injuries in June 2011. The Bard/Davol mesh products include:

  • Composix Hernia Mesh
  • Composix E/X Hernia Mesh
  • Composix L/P Hernia Mesh
  • Ventralight Hernia Mesh
  • Spermatex Hernia Mesh
  • Sepramesh Hernia Mesh
  • Ventralex Hernia Mesh
  • Ventralex ST Hernia Mesh
  • Ventrio Hernia Mesh
  • Ventrio ST Hernia Mesh
  • Visilex Hernia Mesh
  • Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch
  • Modified Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch
  • Composix Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch
  • Marlex (AKA Flat Hernia Mesh)
  • Bard Hernia Mesh
  • Bard (Marlex) Mesh Dart Hernia Mesh
  • Perfix Plug Hernia Mesh
  • Perfix Light Plug Hernia Mesh
  • 3D Max Light Hernia Mesh
  • 3D Max Hernia Mesh

Ethicon Hernia Mesh

UPDATE: Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Trial Scheduled June 7, 2021 in Atlanta, GA

Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is coated with a unique gel film and was recalled after an alarming rate of complications. Manufactured by Ethicon,  a division of Johnson & Johnson, an urgent field safety notice on May 25, 2016, advised surgeons to stop using the Physiomesh for hernia repair.

Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh lawsuits are consolidated into MDL 2782 before Judge Richard Story in US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. Ethicon is also a defendant in hernia mesh cases filed in New Jersey Superior Court before Judge Porto. Ethicon’s own medical safety team initiated the hernia mesh product recall in response to the complications documented with Physiomesh.

Judge John Porto is also overseeing Proceed Surgical Mesh and Proceed Ventral Patch litigation in this court. Other Ethicon products that have not been recalled include:

  • Proceed Ventral Patch Hernia Mesh
  • Proceed Surgical Hernia Mesh
  • Prolene Hernia System
  • Prolene 3D Hernia Mesh
  • Physiomesh Hernia Mesh 

Parietex and Parietene Mesh

Parietex hernia mesh is manufactured by Covidien (acquired by Medtronic in 2015) with multiple products varying in design, pore size, polypropolene or polyester composition, gel layers and microgrips. Due to the compassion, they have been associated with infections due to the collagen covering, adhesions, pain, bowel obstruction, tearing at edges, swelling, fixation failure, recurrence, foreign body presence. The Covidien hernia mesh products we are pursuing after a mesh revision or removal surgery are:

  • Parietex Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Ventral Patch Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex ProGrip Self-Fixating Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Optimized Composite Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Plug and Patch System Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Optimized Open Skirt Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Parastomal (PCO PM) Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Composite Hiatal Hernia Mesh (PCO 2H)
  • Parietex Hydrophilic Anatomical Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Folding Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Flat Sheet Hernia Mesh
  • Parietex Lightweight Monofilament Hernia Mesh
  • Symbotex Hernia Mesh
  • Surgipro Hernia Mesh

Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh

UPDATE: Atrium C-Qur Trial Scheduled July 7, 2021 in Concord, NH

Atrium C-Qur Edge hernia mesh, was recalled by the FDA on February 3, 2015, alleging that Atrium hernia mesh introduced adulterated medical devices into interstate commerce. Product liability lawsuits are consolidated into an MDL 2783 in New Hampshire federal court before Judge Landya B. McCafferty. Plaintiffs allege that manufacturing, packing, storing and installing were not in conformity with the current good manufacturing practice requirements for medical devices.  Various C-Qur mesh products are composed of polypropylene hernia mesh, and gel coating made from omega 3 fatty acids, (O3FA). Other safety notices were issued involving hernia mesh products, including:

  • October 11, 2012, the FDA issued a safety warning letter
  • August 9, 2013, the FDA issued a Class 2 recall of Edge hernia mesh
  • February 3, 2015, the FDA filed an injunction to stop production of certain hernia mesh

Despite the warnings, the manufacturer continued to introduce products for use in hernia mesh repair, chest wall reconstruction and treatment of wounds, including:

  • Atrium C-Qur Edge Mesh
  • Atrium C-Qur FX Mesh (C-Qur Lite)
  • Atrium C-Qur V-Patch
  • Atrium C-Qur Centrifx
  • Atrium C-Qur Mosaic
  • Atrium C-Qur TacShield

The lawsuits allege the manufacturers knew or should have known about the risks of injuries of hernia mesh, yet never warned patients and the medical professionals of the dangers. Despite the alarming rates of hernia mesh removal and revision surgeries, infections, adhesions, intestinal blockages, perforations, the manufacturers refused to notify patients and doctors.

Covidien Hernia Mesh

Covidien/Medtronic, formerly Tyco, is headquartered in Minnesota.  Certain hernia mesh products contain a collagen film technology designed to minimize adherence to muscles and organs in ventral and umbilical hernia mesh repairs. However, lawsuits allege that Parietex hernia mesh products are linked to injury and infection leading to additional hernia mesh revision or removal surgeries. From the beginning of Covidien’s entrance into the hernia mesh market, their products did not undergo rigorous clinical studies and scientific testing. The FDA approved the hernia mesh products based on data showing that it was substantially similar to a previous hernia mesh product that did not contain the coating.

Parietex hernia mesh is composed of polyester, instead of polypropylene. Yet, a study in 1998 published by JAMA, concluded that polyester mesh should not be used in incisional hernia repair due to the myriad of complications. The long term research clearly stated that polyester hernia mesh had a significantly higher mean number of complications per patient, a higher incidence of fistula formation, a greater number of infections, and more recurrent hernias than the other materials used. The additional mean length of stay to treat complications was also significantly longer when polyester mesh was used. The deleterious effect of polyester mesh on long-term complications was confirmed on multiple logistic regression. The technique of placement had no influence on outcome.

Hernia Mesh Areas

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Femoral hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Epigastric hernia
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Ventral hernia
  • Other traumatic repairs

Do I Have A Case?

Hernia mesh patients with complications receive a free consultation. With over thirty years of successful litigation, we understand the medical and legal issues you are facing, so call us posthaste to preserve your rights. Our firm has the trial expertise and resources to successfully prosecute these cases to resolution. We don’t warehouse files and can provide attorney client privileged reports to our clients. You can actually speak to a lawyer about your concerns. Medical legal consultations are FREE so contact us posthaste at 1-800-814-4540, fill out the contact form to the right of this page, or email carolyn@carolynstclair. There are statutes of limitation in each state, so contact us for a free consultation before your time runs out.

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