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Prolene Hernia Mesh Injury Lawsuits

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Several hernia mesh injury reports and product liability lawsuits have highlighted the safety risks involved with certain hernia mesh products. Ethicon, a medical device subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been named in hundreds of lawsuits, claiming their hernia mesh products are defective and unfit for human use.

The Prolene Hernia System is an Ethicon product made of two separate layers of polypropylene mesh and a mesh tube. The Prolene system is typically used for inguinal hernias.

When hernia mesh fails, however, and revision surgery may be necessary, which can carry a number of additional health and safety risks. Patients have reported to the FDA several symptoms of failing mesh following Prolene polypropylene system and Prolene 3D hernia mesh injury, including the following:

  • Chronic pain
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Mesh Erosion
  • Fistula
  • Urinary issues
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Recurrent hernia
  • Seroma
  • Adhesions
  • Bowel Perforation
  • Bowel Blockage

The Lyon Firm represents injured plaintiffs nationwide in Ethicon Prolene and 3D Mesh hernia mesh lawsuits.

Joe Lyon works with medical experts to determine the root cause of a hernia mesh injury, and has experience engaging large medical device companies in product liability litigation.

Prolene Hernia Mesh Injury 

The Prolene Hernia System has been on the market since around the year 2000. If you have had revision surgery or experienced serious Prolene hernia mesh injury or 3D mesh complications from 2007 to the present, you may be able to file a personal injury and product liability lawsuits and recover compensation related to medical expenses, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Preserving removed mesh may not be a priority for many patients, but it can be crucial when considering legal action. Have your surgeon preserve any removed mesh product to use as evidence should the mesh be defective and the reason for any Prolene hernia mesh injury.

Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

There have been no official FDA recalls for the Prolene Hernia Mesh System or Prolene 3D Mesh product, however, that doesn’t mean the product is safe for use. Plaintiffs claim a design defect has caused numerous patient injuries, many of which have been reported to the FDA and their implanting surgeons.

Contact a medical device and hernia mesh attorney if you have experienced severe complications such as pain, infection, revision surgery, bowel blockage and perforation, seroma, fistula, and other serious health issues.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

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Why are these cases important?

Defective medical device litigation helps to improve patient safety and holds medical device companies accountable when defective products injure plaintiffs and clients.


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Hernia Mesh Litigation

Can I file a hernia mesh lawsuit?

Attorneys claim several hernia mesh devices were not properly tested before they were marketed and distributed as safe medical instruments.

The companies currently face thousands of pending hernia mesh injury lawsuits. If you have had surgery to treat a hernia using a device and you experience any signs or symptoms of recurrence of the hernia, please consult with a medical and legal expert. The Lyon Firm has experience litigating cases against medical device manufacturers.

Attorneys contend that some hernia mesh devices are not properly tested before they are distributed to the public as safe products. Device companies like Gore, Aspide, Ethicon, Bard, Covidien and Atrium have settled hundreds of lawsuits and currently face countless more injury claims.

If you are unsure about the mesh manufacturer and product used in your surgery and have questions about your hernia repair, contact your Ohio surgeon to obtain medical records. Contact a Cincinnati hernia mesh lawyer to discuss potential hernia mesh injury lawsuits and settlement.

What hernia mesh products have allegedly caused injury?
  • Gore DualMesh
  • Aspide Surgimesh
  • Ethicon
  • Physiomesh
  • Proceed
  • Prolene
  • Covidien 
  • Parietex
  • Parietene
  • Permacol
  • Surgipro
  • Atrium
  • C-Qur
  • ProLoop
  • Bard/ Davol
  • Visilex
  • Composix
  • Marlex
  • Ventralight
  • Spermatex
  • 3D Max
  • Sepramesh
  • PerFix Plug
  • Ventralex
  • Kugel
How common is hernia recurrence?

Regardless of treatment, hernias have a high rate of recurrence, and surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair recurrence rate. The use of meshes is thought to reduce dramatically the incidence of hernia recurrence.

However, up to 50 percent of hernias may reoccur with an implanted device. This is commonly due to inadequate fixation during the original operation or shrinkage of the mesh. Light-weight meshes may have a higher risk due to their increased flexibility and movement.

Two-thirds of recurrences occur after three years. It is not clear if the type of mesh used has any effect on durability. All mesh products appear equally limited in effectiveness.

What is a fistula?

Repair of hernias are done by either suture repair or prosthetic mesh repair. The latter is associated with a lower recurrence rate but a higher incidence of complications. The most serious complication is the development of fistula.

Fistula is a late complication of prosthetic mesh repair and is usually due to chronic erosion of bowel by mesh placed in direct contact with intestinal loops both in open and laparoscopic repairs. Symptoms of fistulas may include the following:

  •  Persistent pain—throbbing and worse when sitting down.
    •    Skin irritation around the anus, including swelling, redness and tenderness.
    •    Discharge of pus or blood.
    •    Constipation or pain associated with bowel movements.
    •    Fever
How is a Medical Device Defined as Defective?

Ohio Definition of Defective

Under Ohio law, a medical device is  defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A legal cause of action can be based on several types of medical device product defects. Most jurisdictions a version of one or more of these cause of actions. 

(1)  Manufacturing/ Construction Defect of the medical device:

(2) Defective design and/or formulation of the medical device:

(3) Failure to warn or inadequate warning or instruction associated with the medical device:

(4) Misrepresentation on the Safety or Efficacy of the Medical Device:

(5) Fraud Related to the Safety or Efficacy of the Medical Device

(6) Negligent Distribution or Testing of the Medical Device



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