Prolene Mesh for Hernia Surgery Device Needs to be Recalled
There have been 16 lawsuits filed against the company Johnson & Johnson due to defective surgical mesh products. The medical device known as Prolene Mesh is used in surgeries for hernia repairs. The lawsuits accuse Johnson & Johnson of the continuation of marketing the products despite knowing the product is not only defective but can cause serious, permanent injury.
What is Prolene mesh?
Prolene mesh is made from a synthetic material called polypropylene, which is a plastic. Although this type of mesh is primarily used in hernia repair surgeries, it may also be used in woman to treat pelvic organ prolapse. The problem with this mesh it that it can cause inflammation in the body which in turn shrinks the piece of mesh and causes a reaction that turns the mesh product into something breakable and sharp.
Complications of Prolene Mesh
There are many complications that come with the Prolene mesh, including pain and erosion of the device into internal organs. With these complications come additional surgeries to correct the problems. The following is a list of just some of the other possible complications from the Prolene mesh:
- Chronic Pain
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Organ Damage
- Bowel Perforation
- Vaginal scarring or disfigurement
Even with these severe complications, Johnson & Johnson has yet to recall this product and instead continues to support and market the device to physicians. This is not the first time the company has been under turmoil for their mesh products. There have also been several cases against the transvaginal mesh that is used to fix issues such as pelvic organ prolapse.
Currently, the LaBovick Law Group is not accepting new cases involving hernia mesh. We are, however, accepting cases involving transvaginal mesh.
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