Lawsuit: Ethicon Proceed Surgical Mesh Caused Bowel Obstruction

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A new Ethicon Proceed surgical mesh lawsuit alleges that the mesh product intended to help an Idaho man during hernia repair surgery actually caused a bowel obstruction.

The Ethicon Proceed surgical mesh lawsuit claims that the patient unexpectedly suffered a number of severe injuries and required revision surgery because of bowel obstructions. After the patient received a 20 x 25 cm Ethicon Proceed surgical mesh product in 2010 during a ventral hernia repair surgery, the plaintiff went for several years without any catastrophic side effects.

However, in July 2017, the plaintiff was admitted to the emergency room after exhibiting signs of pain, nausea, vomiting, discomfort and abdominal distention. The doctors determined that a bowel obstruction had occurred as a result of the surgical mesh.

Bowel dissection and surgery was scheduled immediately to remove a portion of the Ethicon Proceed surgical mesh. The Ethicon Proceed surgical mesh lawsuit alleges that the injuries affecting the patient were tied directly to design and manufacturing defects inherent in the polypropylene mesh.

Any serious side effects or complications that come about as a result of a product defect may become the basis of a failure to warn claim. Patients who had no reason to expect serious side effects may require immediate medical intervention or revision surgery. Adhesions are common in surgical mesh cases and provide a higher risk of complications and side effects in surgery because it can be challenging for surgeons to remove the mesh.

The lawsuit says that neither the plaintiff nor his physician were appropriately warned about the risks of using this hernia repair product and raises claims of defective design, defective manufacture, negligence, loss of consortium and failure to warn.

herniaA growing number of hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed in recent years by patients who have experienced sudden or even life-threatening side effects.

Debilitating and painful injuries have been associated with a number of different patients who say that they were never appropriately warned about the catastrophic injuries.

The lawsuit alleges that the Proceed product in addition to being poorly manufactured and designed was not reasonably safe for the intended use in hernia repair and that the associated risks of implanting this device into patients far outweighed the risks.

The unreasonable risk of severe adverse reactions as alleged in lawsuits associated with mesh problems include migration, foreign body response, recurrence of hernia, chronic pain, erosion, adhesion to internal organs, seroma formation, improper wound healing, chronic inflammation, deformation of mesh and failure of incorporation or ingrowth.

The polypropylene mesh is coated with a layer of oxidized regenerated cellulose. Unfortunately, the lawsuit alleges that this prevented appropriate incorporation into the patient’s body.

The Ethicon Proceed Surgical Mesh Lawsuit is Case No. 1:18-cv-00111-BLW, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.

If you have grounds to file an Ethicon Proceed surgical mesh lawsuit, consult with the attorneys at McDonald Worley today.

Disclaimer: McDonald Worley is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.