Ethicon Proceed Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filed Over Infection, Complications

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By: Irvin Jackson | Published: August 17th, 2012

A lawsuit has been filed over problems with Ethicon Proceed hernia mesh, alleging that the patch disintegrated inside the body of a Texas woman, leading to infection and other complications. 

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Shelly Coppedge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on August 2, against Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Coppedge was implanted with Ethicon Proceed Oval Mesh on August 24, 2009, but indicates that it did not alleviate her incisional hernia and instead made things worse.

In June and July 2011, Coppedge underwent revision surgeries after her condition worsened. She then discovered that the Proceed Oval Mesh had disintegrated and was the site of an infection.

Her lawsuit accuses Ethicon of strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of wages, physical impairment, pain and mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. It also seeks punitive damages against Ethicon, due to the company’s alleged gross negligence in manufacturing, marketing and testing the Proceed Oval Mesh.

The lawsuit makes the Ethicon Proceed Mesh the latest in a number of hernia mesh products that have been the subject of product liability lawsuits alleging that problems were caused by design defects.

In recent years, C.R. Bard has faced several thousand lawsuits over it’s Kugel hernia mesh, which had a recoil ring that was supposed to make insertion easier. However, the ring often failed, snapping and puncturing intestines and causing other serious internal injuries. A number of settlements have been reached in that hernia mesh litigation, with an average payout of about $70,000 per plaintiff.

A growing number of hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed more recently against LifeCell Corporation over problems with Alloderm mesh, which is a biologic product made from donated human tissue. There are currently about 150 Alloderm lawsuits pending in New Jersey state court, alleging that the patch fails to hold its shape and can stretch up to 50%, leading to hernia recurrence, abdominal deformity and other complications.

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  1. I have the very same situation with that mesh. I had to have surgery again because the metal prongs used got embedded in my liver, colon and stomach. The ones in my stomach can not be removed. I want compensation for the same things as the person above.

  2. i had mesh in and from day one didnt work i hurt all the time bleed i lost my partner of 15 yr thanks for the mesh she i think something should be done birmingham al

  3. I have hurt for years lost my partner of 15 yrs. I think some body should do something about the mesh pain it has cause

  4. Hello I am 59 year old male I live in northern California I had a hernia repaired in 1998 with Bard Marlex mesh Davol 3″ x 6″ A year or so later i got where when I woke up I felt like I had a Hangover tired like I hadn’t slept at all.The mornings got worse and worse , I felt like someone had beat my arms and legs with a bat the pain was so bad I could not get out of bed and I felt like I was shakeing inside.This past Oct 2012 I had a small scab apear below my belly button two inches below were the hernia was I showed my DR.because it was not healing.She sent me to a surgeon,He told me to wait a couple of weeks to see if it would heal. Two weeks later I went bact because it was not getting any better.He took a close look at it and told me he wanted to cut it out and have it tested for cancer because there was some black coloring in it so he did. The test showed that there was no cancer but forgien bodies in it. Where he stiched me up after it healed I cut a piece of what I thought was just scab but it was a piece of plastic.Does anyone know of an attorney that is going aginist Davol for Bard Marlex mesh? This is killing me for sure now thr stomach pain has started. They also used Vicyrl Ligature and #1 Vicyrl and Vicryr sutures This has been in me for fifteen years. this is killing me.

  5. My mother had hernia surgery in 2010. In April 2012 while undergoing surgery to repair what was thought to be a mild bowel obstruction. The surgeon spent 8 hours trying to remove the proceed mesh, reconstruct her bowel, and repair. This also spread her cancer (stage 4) . She is not expected to live much longer since the mesh that had fused to her intestine has caused an access which has not been able to heal.

  6. Infected mesh by proceed, still in me

  7. I have had 5 surgerys in 4 years. Of them 2 involved proceed mesh I almost died from 1 due to an infection..

  8. I had routine hernia repair in my abdomen June 21 2010, July 7th I was in the emergency room in horrible pain, my stomach had swollen, I went to a different surgeon he put a drain in and removed a large amount of dark fluid. Oct 8th the same year I had my first emerency surgery and drains on and off till yet another surgery in May, and oh yes a bowel obstruction and many er visits where they treat me like I am not at all having a problem. I still have a hole in my stomach to this day and am in chronic pain, I have nerve entrapment, now and many other complications from the mesh and have no insurance, and I have no one to help me. I cant even go shopping with out doubling over in pain. I feel the mesh inside sawing at me and I feel it catch like its going to rip. I believe it is eroding and will soon kill me. I have merca now and have had staff and many other horrible intections since. I was healthier before the repair and now I wait for help that never comes. Oh and 14 ct scans and the infections never present on them.

  9. I have a large piece of prolene mesh in my abdominal wall. Dr. Put it in in 2006 even though CT showed no hernia. The type of hernia he claimed I had, Spigelian, can not even be repaired in this manner anyway. I have daily pain that is made worse with routine activity. I have been sent around the mulberry bush with CT\\\\\\\’s and exploratory surgeries but no one will touch the mesh. I think they should put some kind of radio-opaque threads in it so it can be viewed with X-ray. Radiologist told me it doesn\\\\\\\’t show up. How can they see if it is contracting or migrating? I will have to pay out of pocket to get it removed. I hope there is a class action suit I can join. I believe that mine was put in in the year they had a contamination recall but I was never notified.

  10. hello I had hernia surgery in Katy TX and had the proceed mesh 25x 25 centimeters. I have had blockage 2 x’s last year and what they also found that since my surgery in 2008 a huge Seroma has formed and will have to have surgery to remove it .It is a sack of drainage still drained inside after surgery .I have been in pain since I had the surgery for the hernia with burning many times and pressure hard to sit at lengths of times .Very unconvertible .I am not sure if this one was a recall but wish there was other means to make this irritation go away.

  11. I too had surgery back in 2006 I have been in pain from the day they did the surgery. I have been sent to every doctor and still they tell me it\’s not from the prolene mesh. I have been trying to get my medical records but the more I go to get them the less records they have for me. It\’s like they don\’t want you to know what they have done to you. I went to 2 pain management places they did a nerve block which made things worse for me. Now all they want to do is cut all my nerve\’s. which is cray in it\’s own right. I have this in my on both left and right sides. It\’s very hard to work am an apartment mgr. most of the time I\’m in my bed because it too hard for me to just sit down any where. The pain is so bad sometime you just want to end your life. Why can\’t we have a class action lawsuit like all the rest of them. It the same for all of us. The cost for the meds it out of my range. Even with insurance they don\’t pay most of the cost. can any one help me

  12. have had numerous hernia surgeries. I fell in 2011 and the mesh gave way and was protruding in stomach. I have been in constant pain, unable to have bowel movements, nausea, vomiting and unknown fevers. After going to several doctors they have found the mesh is wrapped around my bowels and the mesh is in pieces. I am having surgery in December to remove the mesh and free up my bowels. Then in January 2014 I have to have the mesh removed. Why isn’t there a class action lawsuit for all the pain this mesh has caused?

  13. I had surgery in February of this year, had complications due to the Johnson&Johnson physiomesh. For starters I left the hospital in pain and with No bowel movement! I returned repeated back and forth to the hospital complaining that my stomach was inflamed and in pain. I started vomiting due to the constipation, returned back to the hospital with the same issues over three weeks. I had no bowel movement! Still after I suffered with the constipation, I still had issues with my inflamed stomach! Told the doctor something was wrong, they didn\’t listen. Finally in July after months of complaining I got a CT scan done, it showed the same hernias and a new inligual hernia and a defect from the mesh. Now I\’m pissed, who\’s fault is it that I\’m going through this issue when I complained immediately? Presently, I had a correction surgery in November, sorta forced to go back to the same hospital due to insurance and loss of employment! The surgeon first said the situation could of been fixed with two or three incisions, then later saying that I needed to remove the mesh that was inserted in February. I have never been in a situation like this before, I\’m dealing with pain in suffering, body image issues, loss of employment and lack of trust from most medical professionals! What do you do when the doctors do nothing? Finally my new surgeon told me it was the mesh that was defective, I\’m trying to seek representation. I want both the doctors and the manufactures of this product to face penalties for what they have put me through. I have no money, two teenage daughters and a terrible outlook on trusting medical providers. I guess it\’s Merry Christmas to me and my family. Went practically a whole year suffering.

  14. I had hernia repair Surgrey in April of 2012. The Doctor implanted a 20×15 piece of Johnson and Johnson Ethicon Mesh. I have abdominal and groin pain, numerous infections, Rectal bleeding, iraitable bowel problems and uninary incontinence. I can actually feel the mesh if bend over. I recently saw a Colon Rectal Surgeon who told me that he would have to remove over half of my stomach wall to remove the Mesh because it had become implanted in my Stomach wall and the Mesh may have migrated into my Colon, which would require additional surgeries. I need legal representaion but cannot find anyone in Arkansas or out of state who represents people in this kind of Lawsuit. The Doctor never told me the side effects of using this Mesh. My Colon doctor said the Mesh is causing all my health problems

  15. I had surgery for an inguinal hernia at my lower right abdomen. Immediately after surgery I was in major pain after coming out or operating room. They tried denying me anything for pain. Finally the gave me a small dose of pain medication which didn’t last long. Been going to my surgeon every since for follow up appoinments, telling her I cannot sit, stand for any length of time . I have to either lean back in a recliner(which is seldom) lay down in bed or on the couch. I can’t do any normal activities they said I would be able to return to. I have been to a pain specialist twice. He gave me a sample cream to rub on incision site and did not help. Went back to him againfor cortizone shots around incision site(8 shots) which did not help one bit either. My surgeon says according to the operative report she did everything fight but if I want she will cut it out. She used PERFIX MESH AND PLUG. (LARGE). My surgery was Jan.29,2014. It is now May 8, 2014 and I am only getting worse. Bowel mkveme.t trouble stomach is all bloated and swollen. Can’t eat normal. Trouble sleeping. HArd to walk. Hard to get up and down. Can’t have sex. Just CANT DO ANYTHING. Looking for an attorney. Thousands of other are affected by many other types of mesh as well. Ihave major loss of enjoyment of life. I am only 42 yrs old. My short term disability is about to end from work. I have been out of work since Jan. And have alredy lost my job since I couldnot return when I was told I would be able to. I am silently suffering and So is my fiance. Physically and mentally.

  16. I haved surgery in 2007. The doctor implanted in my abdomen the Ethicon prolene mesh. I am having the exact same problem with infection & other complications including pain.

  17. Like Dennica I had Physiomesh used in an incisional hernia repair on February 11, 2013. I had undergone gastric bypass when they noted and tried to repair a hernia I did not even know I had. They attached the Physiomesh with Strap Tacker. After the surgery I had at Forest Park Medical Center, Dallas, TX no one would listen to me regarding the enormous amount of pain I was in. The doctor assigned to my floor in the hospital would roll her eyes at me and tell me it was gas. Not so, I kept saying they sent me home anyway on February 13, 2013, I was then taken back to the hospital by ambulance where the same doctor said it was gas and I was big baby. Finally my friend contacted my surgeons office and the surgeon ran a bunch of tests where they finally found that the tacks used with the mesh had punctured my bladder and I was leaking urine into my body. Emergency surgery was performed the mesh was removed, I now feel the hernia that I never knew was there and had no pain from prior to the surgery. I now can feel the bladder protruding thru the abdominal wall. I am looking for an attorney who can stop Ethicon from using this product and for just compensation for the hospital bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering from this nightmare. Thanks.

  18. had ethicon hernia mesh went back for a real bad infection and have had 2 surgeries afterwards need some help im still in pain was told to take ibuprofin how about that

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