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Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

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

MDL 2846 Davol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc. Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation was ordered before Chief Judge Edmund Sargus of Columbus, Ohio, as the transferee judge in the Bard Hernia Mesh MDL.  Davol/CR Bard leads the hernia mesh market in the United States. Bard offered $184 million to settle 2,600 Kugel patch lawsuits over injuries in June 2011. The Bard/Davol mesh products include:

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

Ethicon Hernia Mesh

Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is coated with a gel film never before used in hernia mesh products and was recalled after an alarming rate of complications. Manufacturered 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 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 court.

Ethicon’s own medical safety team initiated the product recall in response to the complications documented with Physiomesh. Ethicon products include:

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

Parietex and Parietene Mesh

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

Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh

Atrium C-Qur Edge Mesh, was recalled by the FDA on February 3, 2015, alleging that Atrium 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 mesh, and gel coating made from omega 3 fatty acids, (O3FA). Other safety notices were issued involving 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 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 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, yet never warned patients and the medical professionals of the dangers. Despite the alarming rates of 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 repairs. However, lawsuits allege that Parietex mesh products are linked to injury and infection leading to additional 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 mesh products based on data showing that it was substantially similar to a previous product that did not contain the coating.

Parietex 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 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

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