Atrium Prolite Mesh Lawsuit Filed Over Hernia Repair Failure, Revision Surgery

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After experiencing severe complications following a hernia repair, a Kentucky man has filed a product liability lawsuit alleging that design problems with the Atrium ProLite hernia mesh resulted in premature failure and the need for additional surgery to remove the mesh from his body.

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Joseph J. Sims in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on December 14, indicating that Atrium Medical sold the Prolite surgical mesh in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition, since it is prone to result in adhesions even when it has not come into contact with the intestines and even if it is implanted correctly.

Sims received the Atrium Prolite mesh in May 2015, during a bilateral laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair procedure. Following the surgery, Sims indicates that he began to suffer severe pain and other health problems, which ultimately resulted in the need for hernia revision surgery to remove the mesh in February 2017.

The surgeon overseeing the operation found that Sims was suffering from significant adhesions from the hernia mesh, and was unable to separate the peritoneum from the Prolite. As a result the hernia revision resulted in the need to cauterize the mesh from Sims’ pubic tubercle, finding more adhesions to the pubis and iliac joint.

Sims underwent a second revision surgery in September 2017 to remove more of the mesh. However, the Atrium hernia mesh removal has not alleviated his constant pain, the lawsuit notes.

“Plaintiff suffered chronic pain both before and after his hernia repair surgeries to remove the defective ProLite hernia mesh,” Sims’ lawsuit states. “He was unable to continue working at his job due to recurrent hernia problems, and remains unable to work today.”

The Atrium ProLite is a flat sheet, knitted, polypropylene hernia mesh approved by the FDA in 2009, through the agency’s controversial 510(k) fast-track approval process. The lawsuit indicates that Atrium failed to perform adequate testing on the mesh to determine its risks and benefits before it was placed on the market.

Similar allegations have been raised against the manufacturer in other claims over the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh. Several hundred Atrium C-Qur lawsuits are pending in the federal court system, each raising allegations that the surgical mesh used during hernia repair procedures was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, causing individuals to experience painful and debilitating complications, often resulting in the need for complex surgery to remove the device.

The Atrium C-Qur, pronounced “Secure”, was approved by the FDA in March 2006, featuring a polypropylene mesh with an outer coating of gel made from 3 fatty acids. However, this design has been linked to reports of severe infections, allergic reactions and other problems.

Given similar questions of fact and law raised in the cases, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) established consolidated pretrial proceedings for all Atrium C-Qur cases in December 2016, centralizing all claims before U.S. District Judge Landya McCafferty in the District of New Hampshire to reduce duplicative discovery into common issues, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the judicial system.

The Atrium Prolite mesh lawsuits are not currently centralized as part of the MDL proceedings, so Sims’ case will proceed as a separate claim through pretrial discovery and litigation.

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  1. John Reply

    how about the ones befor statutes of limetations we have suffered longer then the younger ones we are still in pain

  2. Kay Reply

    I had hernia surgery and had it removed a couple of times still have a lots of pain from it

  3. Peggy Reply

    I have been turned down by 2 lawyer practices because I have a Atrium ProLite hernia mesh. They said it was one of the better ones and would not take my case. Like Mr. Sims, adhesions took over which caused my intestines to ruptured due to adhesions blocking my intestines. I was on life support for 5 weeks and they didn’t know if I would live or die. I had to have surgery, a colostomy was put on me and I wore that for a year. 6 months later adhesions had taken over again and I had to have surgery again because of adhesions, 7 months later I opted to have my colostomy reversed. I had 3 surgeries and 2 surgeons that said they did not see my hernia mesh, so where did it go. The scar for my inguinal surgery touches my scars for my ruptured intestine so why didn’t they see it if it so great. Can somebody help me find a lawyer that will take my case, I suffered so much and I am suffering still. If anybody knows a lawyer that will take my case, my number is 601-394-2151. Please help!

  4. Sunday Reply

    I have had a surgery in 2009 for a hernia repair in my abdomen. It was in the center of my abdomen. In 2016 i had another surgery to remo e tgis same mesh. It was broken for almost 2 yrs in my abdomen. It had snapped back into my intestines. I went to many emergergency rooms for complications like i couldnt eat or use the bathroom for days. All of the hospitals said there was nothing wrong with me. I found a dr who would help me… He did a full gastric bypass. He removed three balls of tissue with broken mesh and fished out 36 surgical clips.. I just tried to gonthrough Sims and they bave been reviewing my case. I just recieved a letter today where they denied me justice because i have an atrium mesh. Who is taking these cases. I need help as well.. If every type of mesh malfunctions at some point then why are they implanted to begin with…

  5. Jerry D. Reply

    I had hernia surgery on May 29, 2018 I had a Atrnia Prolite Ultra Mesh put in, a few days later I started throwing up call the hospital told him I needed something for my stomach they told me they were going to give me blood test in a couple of days. that night I was rushed to the emergency room where the mesh had ruptured I had to be taken by ambulance to another hospital hour and a half away to have emergency surgery to save my life! I had renal failure among several other things had to have blood transfusion and All they did was put a patch over the mesh that was already there just to save my life, now I have to go back to have my hernia repaired again, because I still have my hernia and the second hospital all they did was put a patch over the mesh that was already there just to save my life now I have to go back to have my hernia repaired again because I still have my hernia and the second hospital all they did was patch it ! Got a hold of a couple of law firms and all they said they were not going to be able to help me ! The pain is getting worse and worse but I have to go back to work to survive, there’s anybody out there that can help me please let me know! Thank you!!

  6. Ronald Reply

    Me too both sides 2011 at the Cincinnati VA. What the F?

  7. Jacques Reply

    I will need a time machine to make these better not $$$.
    My son doesn’t know how fun I was before I just about gave up the think it’s going to be ok.

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