According to the details in a Pennsylvania Atrium Mesh Injury Lawsuit, Leonard Bartosiewicz, from Pennsylvania recently filed a product liability lawsuit against Atrium Medical Corp over its line of Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh.
Bartosiewicz claims that he was faced with serious complications from the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh with bacterial infection when the patch cut into his bowels. Bartosiewicz had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the allegedly defective surgical mesh, repeat surgery to re-attach his bowels and long term antibiotic treatment.
Bartosiewicz filed his lawsuit recently in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, claiming that the hernia mesh company sold a defective and unreasonably unsafe hernia repair mesh.
Arkansas Atrium Mesh Injury Lawsuit
Terry McLain from Arkansas, recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, claiming severe pain and injury after Atrium C-Qur mesh was used during an open repair of her ventral (abdominal) hernia in 2011.
According to McLain, she began to develop severe abdominal pain and a recurrence of the hernia. During the removal of the Atrium C-Qur mesh, her doctors found that the hernia mesh had lodged up inside of McLain’s body, and could not be replaced with a new mesh because of significant scar tissue.
Atrium hernia mesh has been linked to infections, pain, perforation and failure leading to repeat surgery according to multiple lawsuit allegations.
What is Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh?
The Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh was introduced for hernia repair surgery in 2006, and it has been used during hernia repair procedures nationwide over the past decade.
The polypropylene mesh (plastic) has a fish oil based Omega-3 gel coating, which was designed to reduce scar tissue formation while promoting fixation of the mesh to the abdominal wall.
What is the problem with the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh?
According to plaintiffs, this fish oil coating causes severe complications from an inflammatory response that leads to bowel adhesion, blocks proper abdominal wall fixation and causes other significant problems after hernia repair. Also the fish oil coating can degrade with time leaving naked mesh which can migrate, cause infections, adhere to vital organs causing perforation or erosion of the bowels.
The federal regulators (FDA) have also investigated the side effects and complications with the Atrium line of hernia meshes.
The allegedly defected hernia mesh devices include the Atrium C-Qur mesh, C-Qur TacShield and C-Qur V-Patch.
New Hampshire Multidistrict Litigation
In December 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuits pending in the federal court system, centralizing the claims before U.S. District Judge Landya McCafferty in the District of New Hampshire.
There are 21 Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh consolidated in New Hampshire as of January 17, according to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
If you think you may have an Atrium Hernia Mesh implanted and are experiencing pain, infection, require re-do surgery or other injuries, please call us.