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Atrium ProLite & ProLoop Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

The Atrium ProLite and ProLoop Hernia Mesh Implants have recently become the subject of a large number of product liability lawsuits alleging design defects leading to adverse health complications.
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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.

According to Bloomberg Law, 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 [1].

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.

As stated in a 2023 study published in the Journal Biomedicines, this design flaw causes the body to identify the mesh as a foreign object, triggering an immune system response with severe health consequences [2].

Although polypropylene (PP) is nontoxic, its physical properties demonstrate a significant mismatch between its viscoelastic properties compared to the surrounding tissue, which is a likely cause of complications, the researchers said. In addition, a lack of integration of PP mesh into surrounding tissue over longer periods of follow up is another risk factor for irreversible complications.

Further, lawsuits 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.

Hernia Mesh Complications May Have Affected 170,000 Patients: Study

According to a 2018 study published in the British Medical Journal, approximately 170,000 individuals who underwent hernia mesh surgeries from 2012 to 2018 suffered complications [3].

The National Health Service (NHS) in England lacks a consistent policy for the treatment and follow-up care of these patients, as revealed by the investigation.

Between 2012 and 2018, England witnessed around 570,000 hernia mesh operations, as indicated by NHS Digital statistics. Leading surgeons estimate a complication rate ranging from 12% to 30%, suggesting that between 68,000 and 170,000 patients might have experienced adverse effects during this timeframe.

Those who underwent hernia mesh procedures shared their experiences with the program, describing constant pain, sleep difficulties, challenges in walking, and even struggles with basic tasks like picking up a sock. Disturbingly, some patients expressed feelings of despair and suicidal thoughts.

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.

As stated by the United States Judicial Panel In Dec. 2021, several 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 new litigation. The plaintiffs requested the Central District of California as the venue. JPML denied the request for consolidation in April 2022 [4].

On the basis of the papers filed and the hearing session held, we conclude that centralization is not necessary for the convenience of the parties and witnesses or to further the just and efficient conduct of the litigation, JPML said. There is no dispute that these actions share allegations that defects in defendants’ hernia mesh products can lead to various and serious complications.

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 at the end has been stayed pending the finalization of the settlement. The MDL is Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh lawsuit MDL (In re: Atrium Medical Corp. C-Qur Mesh Products Liability Litigation – MDL-2753).

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References:

  1. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/litigation/atrium-prolite-proloop-hernia-mesh-cases-to-proceed-without-mdl
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10045074/
  3. https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k4104.full
  4. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-jpml-1_21-F-03024/pdf/USCOURTS-jpml-1_21-F-03024-0.pdf

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