What's the Problem With Atrium ProLite and ProLoop Hernia Mesh?
The Atrium ProLite and ProLoop surgical mesh implants are polypropylene mono-filament mesh products used during hernia repair surgeries. These implants have been plagued by allegations of design defects and safety problems, leading to lawsuits filed on behalf of plaintiffs who had a ProLite or ProLoop mesh implanted and later suffered adverse health complications.
What are the Lawsuits Alleging?
Atrium ProLite and ProLoop Hernia Mesh lawsuits allege that the polypropylene material that the mesh implants are made out of is not biologically inert inside the human body. This design flaw causes the body to identify the mesh as a foreign object, triggering an immune system response with severe health consequences, according to the lawsuits.
Further, the complaints allege that ProLite and ProLoop mesh implants degrade inside the body, shedding flakes of polypropylene. This results in inflammation and pain as the body attempts to expel the polypropylene flakes.
What's the Problem with Polypropylene Mesh?
Polypropylene has been shown to contract and expand inside the body, allowing cracks to form in the mesh. Research has shown that this occurs in up to 50% of recipients within 1 month of surgery. When the mesh cracks, nerve and tissue fibers can get trapped in the crack causing severe pain.
In recent years, a number of studies have been published highlighting the problems with polypropylene surgical mesh implants like the ProLite and ProLoop. The suits contend that Atrium has downplayed or even attempted to have this evidence suppressed in an effort to keep its mesh products on the market.
Atrium ProLite and ProLoop Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Status
An increasing number of lawsuits have been filed in recent months against Atrium involving alleged design defects in the company's ProLite or ProLoop mesh implants. More of these complaints are expected in the coming years, as more patients suffer adverse health complications from their hernia mesh devices.
In Dec. 2021, a number of ProLite mesh plaintiffs filed a motion asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Ligation (JPML) to consolidate all pending lawsuits involving the Atrium ProLite and ProLoop mesh into a new litigation. Plaintiffs requested the Central District of California as the venue.
Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh Settlement
In 2021, Atrium Medical agreed to pay $66 million in settlement compensation to settle lawsuits over its C-Qur hernia mesh. The litigation has been stayed pending finalization of the settlement. The MDL is Atrium C-Qur Mesh MDL (In re: Atrium Medical Corp. C-Qur Mesh Products Liability Litigation – MDL-2753).
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