Several hernia mesh products are causing injuries at higher-than-expected rates. Injuries include infections, hernia recurrence, adhesions, bowel obstruction, and chronic and severe abdominal pain. Often times, patients require a second revision surgery to repair or replace the defective hernia mesh.
In particular, two types of hernia mesh products are causing alarmingly high injury rates. The Ethicon Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh is a product made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division. The hernia patch is made of a polypropylene mesh fabric. It is designed to be inserted into the body through a small abdominal incision and placed behind the hernia to help cover and close the defect. Two registries show that these Ethicon Physiomesh™ products are resulting in a higher-than-expected number of problems after laparoscopic surgeries. Many patients report post-hernia surgery complications including infections, hernia recurrence, bowel injuries, and severe abdominal pain. Frequently, a second surgery is required to remove or repair the Physiomesh™ hernia mesh.
A second product, the C-Qur™ Hernia Mesh, a product made by Atrium Medical Corporation, is resulting in a high rate of failure and injury. C-Qur first came on the market in 2006. Since that time, several variations of the C-Qur Hernia Mesh have been added to the market. Atrium C‐Qur Hernia Mesh is coated in fish oil (Omega‐3) to prevent side effects, but allegations are that the coating actually results in increased complications and infections in hernia repair patients.
RECALLS OF HERNIA MESH PRODUCTS
On May 25, 2016, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled the Ethicon Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh after receiving reports of side effects greater than those for other products. The company issued an urgent field safety notice after determining that the problems with its Ethicon Physiomesh™ hernia patches could be caused by a number of factors, including issues with the design of the mesh, the instructions provided to physicians when using the mesh, and patient selection.
As for Atrium’s C-Qur™ Hernia Mesh, on August 9, 2013, after the FDA informed the company in 2012 of increased infection rates, a Class II recall of approximately 1,300 lots was implemented. Atrium warned physicians to inspect the C-Qur mesh to ensure that it was intact before implanting, but Atrium did not pull any of the C-Qur meshes off the shelf. As a result, C-Qur Hernia Meshes continue to be used during hernia repair surgeries.
Cory Watson Attorneys is looking into Physiomesh™, C-Qur™, and other hernia mesh products that may be defective and resulting in a high rate of injury in patients. Many times patients do not know the particular brand of hernia mesh implanted during their surgery. At Cory Watson, we will evaluate your claim to determine what mesh product was used and whether any legal claims can be pursued.
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