A U.S. District Court judge in New Hampshire has approved the filing of all new Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh injury cases to be filed directly into the multi-district litigation (MDL) established in December 2016 to deal with claims of plaintiffs who allege they suffered an injury after having hernia repair surgery. This will help plaintiffs avoid any transfer delays from other U.S. District Courts.
Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh was introduced as a patch in 2006 for use in hernia repair surgery. The patch is coated with Omega-3 gel to help the mesh adhere to the abdominal wall and reduce scar tissue; however, patients have complained of injuries that have been linked to the gel, including inflammation, adhesion problems and other issues such as allergic reactions, infections and other complications.
Symptoms of hernia mesh complications can include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Mesh shrinkage/contraction
- Mesh migration
- Hernia recurrence
Patients have experienced these symptoms up to 39 months following their hernia repair surgery. If a hernia mesh injury occurs, the remedy is typically surgery to remove the mesh -- a procedure that can be dangerous to the patient.
In 2016, an expedited approval product from Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit called Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh was withdrawn from the market after a high number of reports of complications from the product. It had been on the market for six years prior to its voluntary removal.
Among the complaints from patients implanted with the Ethicon mesh were reports of bacterial infections, pain, swelling, adhesions and migration of the mesh to other parts of the body. In some instances, patients had to undergo a second surgery to repair the complications or the recurrence of their hernias.
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