For many years, doctors in New York, New Jersey and across the country have used synthetic mesh implants for hernia repair surgery. However, not all hernia mesh implants are safe and effective. Thousands of patients have suffered painful complications associated with these implants, including Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh. Many of these patients have needed costly surgeries to address the harm to their bodies.
If you or a loved one has suffered complications caused by a defective hernia mesh implant, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The experienced and compassionate defective medical device attorneys of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., want to help you. We can bring to your case:
- Protecting the rights of injured individuals and their families since 1981. We never represent corporations.
- An extensive background in handling complex defective medical litigation. One of our firm’s founding partners, Sam Davis, served as Chairman of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Medical Device Product Liability Section.
- A record of results that includes more than $400 million recovered on behalf of our clients, including clients harmed by defective products.
You have only a limited period of time to file a defective hernia mesh lawsuit. So, don’t wait to take action. Call 1-800-LAW-2000 or reach us online today for a free and timely consultation.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
A hernia results from pressure forcing an organ, intestine or fatty tissue through an opening or weakness in surrounding muscle or tissue. Most hernias occur in the abdominal wall and are called ventral hernias. If a patient suffers severe pain, nausea and other complications, the patient may require surgery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that doctors perform more than one million hernia repair surgeries each year. Today, most of these surgeries are laparoscopic, which involves the use of small incisions and, in turn, leads to a faster recovery period. Doctors also use open repair surgery to address a hernia.
Over the years, doctors have increasingly used mesh implants to strengthen weak or damaged tissue in the abdominal wall and minimize the risk of a hernia recurrence. Mesh implants typically consist of synthetic material such as polypropylene, which is “absorbable” and should stay in the body indefinitely. The material may feature a coating that prevents adhesion. Implants may also be made from animal tissue.
What Are Common Hernia Mesh Complications?
To meet growing demand, many medical device companies have rushed to get hernia mesh implants on the market. They have obtained FDA approval for these products through the agency’s expedited 510(k) clearance process. In this process, the FDA will approve a medical device if the manufacturer shows that it is “substantially equivalent” to a device already on the market. It essentially allows the manufacturer to get FDA approval without providing extensive proof that the product is safe and effective. The Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh products both reached the U.S market through the FDA’s 510(k) process.
However, the rush to market may have led to the approval of unsafe products. As the FDA reports, numerous patients who have received mesh implants report serious complications, including migration and shrinkage of the mesh. These complications can cause serious health problems for patients, including:
- Adhesion of the mesh implant
- Bowel obstruction
- Organ perforation
- Recurrence of the hernia (the issue that the mesh was designed to prevent in the first place).
If you or a loved one experienced any of these complications after undergoing hernia repair surgery that involved the use of mesh implants, you should seek legal assistance immediately in order to protect your rights.
Have Certain Types of Hernia Mesh Implants Caused Problems for Patients?
Two types of hernia mesh that have been linked to a high rate of complications and recurrence are Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh. Due to problems associated with these products, they are no longer manufactured and sold.
Ethicon, a New Jersey-based subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh device. The product was made of knitted polypropylene and commonly use in laparoscopic hernia repair surgery.
In May 2016, Ethicon voluntarily recalled the mesh implant. The company said it issued the recall due to data from two European hernia registries which indicated that patients with Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh implants had a significantly higher rate of hernia recurrence than those who did not.
Atrium Medical Corporation made the C-QUR Hernia Mesh implant at its facility in Hudson, New Hampshire. Maquet Holding B.V. & Co. KG, which makes cardiac devices in New Jersey, owns Atrium. The implant consisted of polypropylene mesh, and it had a fish oil coating that was supposed to prevent adhesion to the bowel.
In February 2015, the FDA obtained a permanent injunction in a federal court in New Hampshire that prevented Atrium from making any more C-QUR mesh implants. The FDA sought the injunction after it had sent Atrium multiple warnings about problems at the New Hampshire facility and two other plants, including lack of sterilization and failure to follow-up on patient complaints.
Although Atrium no longer makes the C-QUR hernia mesh product, the company never recalled it. So, it is possible that doctors implanted the device in patients beyond the injunction date.
How Can a Lawyer Help Defective Hernia Mesh Victims?
If you or a family member underwent hernia repair surgery that involved Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh or Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh, and complications followed, you owe it to yourself to get help from an experienced defective medical device lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.
Like many people who have undergone hernia repair, you may be unsure of what mesh product your doctor used in your surgery. Our law firm can review your medical records and contact the doctor who performed your hernia repair to determine whether you were treated with a defective mesh implant. Additionally, our law firm can consult with highly qualified medical experts as part of our investigation.
We will work tirelessly to seek compensation for you, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- All other out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages and diminishment of future earning ability
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages.
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., has the experience, resources and commitment it takes to pursue justice and maximum compensation for any harm that you and your family have suffered due to a defective hernia mesh implant.
Contact Our New York and New Jersey Defective Hernia Mesh Attorneys Today
At Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., we have a record of consumer protection that goes back to our firm’s founding in 1981. We are passionate about seeking results for those who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of others, including medical device manufacturers.
Don’t wait to take action if you or a loved one has suffered complications after being treated with Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh or another hernia mesh implant. Call 1-800-LAW-2000 or reach us online today for a free consultation. We will charge no fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.