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Hernia Mesh Products – Problems and Recent Litigation Developments

January 1, 1970 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

A hernia occurs when an organ, tissue, or intestine emerge through a hole or weak spot in the surrounding muscle and/or tissue. Some hernias occur near the abdominal wall. Hernias can be caused by a variety of issues; they often occur due to pressure or muscle weakness. Hernia mesh is a medical device product intended to provide support to weakened and/or damaged muscle tissue.

However, problems have emerged with the use of hernia mesh. Specifically, studies have shown higher rates of recurrence of hernias and the need for multiple operations associated with the use of hernia mesh. There are also potential risks of adhesions, chronic pain, infections, seroma, bowel obstruction, inflammation, and no ingrowth of the mesh. These are serious side effects that patients must be aware of.

Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, recently initiated a voluntary recall of its Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh around the world after a large study came out showing potential safety risks. The study is titledLong-term Recurrence and Complications Associated with Elective Incisional Hernia Repair, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Moreover, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JMPL) heard oral arguments on potentially consolidating 15 lawsuits filed by patients claiming they have been injured by C-Qur polypropylene mesh, manufactured by Atrium Medical Corp. The JMPL issued an order on December 8th consolidating pretrial proceedings in front of Judge Landya B. McCafferty in the United States District Court – District of New Hampshire.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a hernia mesh product, the attorneys at Fleming, Nolen & Jez LLP may be able to help you. Call 1-(713) 621-7944 for a free consultation.