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Hernia Mesh Mass Tort

Hernia Mesh Overview

A hernia occurs when the abdominal wall becomes weak and causes a bulge or a tear. Typically, a surgical operation is performed to correct the bulging of the internal organs or tissue.

 

There are various types of hernias:

  • Incisional: At an old surgical incision site
  • Umbilical: Near the belly button or navel
  • Inguinal: Groin
  • Femoral: Upper thigh
  • Bilateral: Left and right side
  • Epigastric: Upper central region of the abdomen (between the navel and sternum)
  • Hiatal: Diaphragm/stomach
  • Recurrent: At a previous hernia site

 

These surgeries are either performed using an open technique or laparoscopic technique.

 

Open Technique:

  • Hernia is repaired from the outside by opening the muscles over the weakened area
  • Requires standard surgical equipment
  • Results in a larger incision

 

Laparoscopic Technique:

  • Hernia is repaired from the inside, behind the muscles of the weakened area
  • Requires advanced laparoscopic equipment
  • Results in a smaller incision

 

Surgeons may either repair a hernia utilizing sutures or mesh. These procedures are known to have a high recurrence rate. As a result, surgeons utilize mesh to diminish the recurrence rate and reinforce the hernia repair. Recently, there has been an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs – with non-mesh repairs representing 10% of groin hernia techniques.

Hernia Mesh Side Effects

Hernia mesh products may result in severe side effects such as:

  • Hernia Recurrence
  • Need for Additional Hernia Surgeries
  • Dense Adhesions
  • Bowel Obstructions
  • Mesh Migration, Contraction (Shrinkage), or Erosion
  • Infection
  • Seroma
  • Abscess
  • Fistula/Sinus Tracts
  • Perforation
  • Bleeding
  • Digestive Problems
  • Severe Abdominal Pain

Galligan Law’s Involvement in Hernia Mesh Litigation

Galligan Law is evaluating cases for hernia mesh products which result in the severe side effects listed above.
Currently, Galligan Law has partnered with law firms across the country to represent victims who have been injured by hernia mesh products and review their potential claims for the following products:

 

• Ethicon Physiomesh ®
• Atrium C-Qur ®
• Covidien Parietex ®
• C.R. Bard polypropylene meshes

Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Physiomesh®

Physiomesh was approved through the FDA 510(k) clearance in April 2010. 510(k) is a premarket submission made to the FDA to demonstrate that the device to be marketed is at minimum a “substantive equivalent” to an FDA approved product without having conducted clinical tests on humans. In May 2016, the manufacturer of Physiomesh, Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, voluntarily pulled the Physiomesh used in laparoscopic procedures from the market after studies showed high rates of complications resulting in hernia recurrence.

 

Physiomesh is manufactured with a light-weight polypropylene, the same material used to make Ethicon’s trans-vaginal mesh which were subject to thousands of lawsuits, and a polyglecaprone multi-layer coating. Many plaintiffs are alleging that that this multi-layer coating in Physiomesh has resulted in inadequate incorporation of the mesh and caused or contributed to a variety of severe complications, and that the polypropylene was inadequate to tolerate normal abdominal effort.

 

The Physiomesh Litigation is currently consolidated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under the Honorable Judge Richard W. Story.

Atrium C-Qur®

The Atrium C-Qur mesh is manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation, a conglomerate of Maquet Cardiovascular and subsidiary of the Getinge Group. C-Qur mesh was approved through the FDA 510(k) clearance in March 2006. This mesh is manufactured with an omega 3 fatty acid coating. The Atrium C-Qur litigation alleges this coating has resulted in inadequate incorporation of the mesh and caused or contributed to a variety of severe complications.

 

Atrium Medical Corporation manufactures a variety of C-Qur Hernia Mesh products including:

• C-Qur
• C-Qur Edge
• C-Qur Mosaic
• C-Qur TacShield
• C-Qur V-Patch

 

The Atrium C-Qur litigation is currently consolidated in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire under the Honorable Judge Landya B. McCafferty.

Covidien Parietex®

Parietex hernia mesh is manufactured by Covidien, a former conglomerate of Tyco International, now a subsidiary of Medtronic. Parietex hernia mesh is composed of a polyester base material and is alleged to have caused or contributed to a variety of severe complications. When these complications arise, the Parietex mesh is difficult to remove because the design is made with small unsealed edges that easily fray, unravel, and become embedded in other tissue. Following implantation, the Parietex device tends to contract (shrink) which results in tearing after tension increases. This mesh tear most often results in hernia recurrence, migration, or a meshoma.

 

Covidien manufactures several mesh products including:

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

C.R. Bard Mesh Products

C.R. Bard, a subsidiary of Davol, Inc., has manufactured several hernia mesh devices through the FDA 510(k) process. The C.R. Bard meshes are made of Marlex polypropylene which is alleged to cause severe complications including mesh migration or erosion and blockages.

 

C.R. manufactures several mesh products including:

• Composix Kugel
• Kugel
• Composix
• Composix E/X
• Ventrio
• Ventrio ST
• Ventralex
• Ventralex ST
• 3D Max
• Perfix Plug
• Bard Mesh
• Spermatex
• Sepramesh
• Visilex

 

The C.R. Bard litigation is currently pending in State Court in Rhode Island under Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney.

Consult a Hernia Mesh Attorney

If you or a loved one were implanted with hernia mesh and later suffered from severe complications, please contact the attorneys of Galligan Law today by completing the form at the right or call us at 1-800-217-9312 for your free case evaluation.

 

The attorneys of Galligan Law have developed close partnerships with law firms across the country that also represent victims of dangerous and defective medical devices and tirelessly work day-to-day to preserve and protect your rights.

 

 

Physiomesh® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson Ethicon and is used herein only to identify the product in question.

C-Qur® is a registered trademark of Atrium Medical Corporation and is used herein only to identify the product in question.

Parietex® is a registered trade mark of Covidien and is used herein only to identify the product in question.

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