When someone has surgery to repair a hernia, oftentimes the surgeon will use surgical mesh to support the weakened tissue (often abdominal tissue). Some hernia meshes are made of cow or pig tissue, but many are made from synthetic materials.
Many patients have filed lawsuits against mesh manufacturers like Ethicon and Atrium to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Absorbable mesh is a short-term solution to allow the patient’s own tissue to get stronger, and will be absorbed by that tissue over time. Non-absorbable mesh will remain in the body indefinitely, offering long-term support for the weakened tissue.
Unfortunately, surgical meshes may cause serious complications like perforated intestines/bowel, peritonitis, bowel obstruction, sepsis, or abscess. In these cases, the patient often requires revision surgery to correct the problems linked to the hernia mesh.
Many patients have filed lawsuits against mesh manufacturers like Ethicon and Atrium to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects as a result of your hernia mesh, please contact us today to learn if you might qualify for compensation.
Ethicon, Atrium Meshes Linked to Side Effects, Revision Surgeries
In May 2016, Ethicon—a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson—pulled its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh from the market due to high revision rates and hernia recurrences after hernia repair surgeries. Ethicon said these complications were a “multifactorial issue” that could include “product characteristics.”
Seven months later, health officials in Europe and Australia recalled Physiomesh for the same reasons, citing side effects such as bowel obstruction, pain, seroma (buildup of fluid in tissue or organ), and hernia recurrence. By this time, many patients in the U.S. had already filed lawsuits against Ethicon/J&J.
Physiomesh has been pulled from the market in the U.S., and recalled in Europe and Australia.
Patients have also filed lawsuits against Atrium, which manufactures the C-Qur hernia mesh that has allegedly caused serious side effects as well. According to plaintiffs, the C-Qur mesh is coated in Omega 3 fish oil, which may cause an allergic reaction in some patients.
Some say that their bodies rejected the C-Qur mesh because of the fish oil. Others say that the polypropylene mesh floated away from its designated tissue and became a foreign object, in some cases even adhering to other organs. They say that this resulted in subsequent revision surgeries to remove the rogue mesh.
While Atrium has not officially recalled its C-Qur mesh, lawsuits allege that it issued a “stealth recall” by quietly ceasing production of the mesh due to reports of adverse complications.
The Atrium C-Qur lawsuits have now been bundled into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Johnson & Johnson Is No Stranger to Litigation
J&J has also faced lawsuits over its talcum powder, Risperdal, Xarelto, and DePuy hip implants.
Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Ethicon—which makes the Physiomesh hernia mesh—is no stranger to litigation, especially in recent years. The pharmaceutical giant has faced lawsuits over its talcum powder, Risperdal, Xarelto, and DePuy hip implants.
In 2016, Missouri juries hammered J&J with three massive verdicts in favor of plaintiffs who claimed that they or their family had contracted ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The first award was for $72 million, the second was for $55 million, and the third was for $70 million.
A jury in Philadelphia, too, rocked Johnson & Johnson with a verdict in favor of the plaintiff—this time for a young man, Andrew Yount, who claimed to have developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. That award was $70 million. Other Risperdal plaintiffs won $1.75 million (Nicholas Murray) and $2.5 million (Austin Pledger) in 2015.
J&J also paid a $2.2 billion fine to the Justice Department over its unlawful promotion and marketing of Risperdal.
Prior to that, Johnson & Johnson settled thousands of claims related to its DePuy ASR hip implants for a jaw-dropping $4 billion. Like the Physiomesh cases, those lawsuits featured many plaintiffs who said they needed revision surgeries because of complications from a J&J medical implant.
Mesh Complications Include Sepsis, Bowel Obstruction
The side effects cited by plaintiffs in hernia mesh lawsuits are quite serious and painful. They include the following:
- Perforated intestines
- Perforated bowel
- Intestinal fistulae
- Bowel obstruction
- Bowel resection
- Abdominal wall tears
- Lack of ingrowth of mesh
- Puncture of other abdominal organs
- Adhesions of the mesh to material of the bowel
Naturally, suffering from these health issues forces many patients to undergo revision surgeries to correct the problems. If you or a loved one experienced any of these side effects after a laparoscopic hernia surgery in which you received Physio or C-Qur mesh, please contact us right away for a free legal consultation.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Hernia mesh lawsuits generally make claims for some combination of the following:
- Defective design and/or manufacturing
- Failure to warn
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Attorney fees
These lawsuits seek compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
In 2011, C.R. Bard reportedly agreed to pay $184 million to settle roughly 2,600 hernia mesh lawsuits—or $70,000 per plaintiff. For more on these types of precedents, see our hernia mesh lawsuit page.
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If you or a loved one received a hernia mesh implant in laparoscopic surgery and then experienced serious side effects that required revision surgery—such as perforated intestines/bowel, peritonitis, bowel obstruction, sepsis, or abscess—you should speak with our legal team as soon as possible. Our attorneys have recovered more than $4 billion for our clients, and we are one of the only consumer protection firms in the country with the resources to take on a large company like Johnson & Johnson.
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