Prolene mesh is manufactured by Johnson and Johnson’s corporate subsidiary Ethicon Inc. Prolene mesh is made of polypropylene. A Prolene Hernia system is a nonabsorbable Synthetic Surgical Mesh. Many victims who were implanted with Ethicon Prolene Hernia System and Prolene 3D Patch have suffered severe complications and injuries which may have necessitated hernia revision surgical procedures. Many victims have filed hernia mesh lawsuits against Ethicon as a result of the allegedly defective Prolene hernia system hernia mesh. Will there be a global Prolene hernia mesh settlement 2020? What is the best law firm for my Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit? Did I miss a statute of limitations for an ethicon mesh lawsuit?

Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit

Update- 5/9/2020-

  • There is currently no Consolidated Prolene hernia mesh lawsuits in either Federal or State Courts.
  • At this time, any Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit would need to be an individual lawsuit filed in either Federal or State Court.
  • Hernia mesh lawyers often require a Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit to be a million dollar case to file individually.
  • Prolene Hernia System (PHS)  hernia mesh lawsuit can be filed in New Jersey State Court, in a state court consolidated proceeding
  • Prolene 3d Patch hernia mesh lawsuits cannot be filed in the New Jersey state court consolidated proceeding and would need to be individual lawsuits.
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Prolene hernia system hernia mesh lawsuit

  • The New Jersey Supreme Court instituted a centralized consolidated Multicounty Litigation (MCL) for Prolene Hernia System hernia mesh
  • “On Jan. 6, 2020, the Supreme Court designated pending and future New Jersey state court litigation alleging injuries from use of Prolene Hernia System Mesh as multicounty litigation and assigned it for centralized management to Atlantic County.” NJ Courts
  • A notice to the bar  on January 15, 2020 indicated that multicounty litigation (MCL) would be designated NJ state-court MCL litigation.
  • The hernia mesh MCL pertains to allegations of alleged “injuries resulting from use of Prolene Hernia System surgical mesh.”
  • In 2018 and 2019 the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected prior attempts to  consolidate Prolene Hernia System lawsuits.
  • All complaints in the MCL to be heard by Justice John C. Porto in Atlantic County.
  • There are well over 100 Prolene Hernia mesh lawsuits part of this litigation.
  • “Centralization and consolidation of the cases before one New Jersey state court judge is designed to reduce duplicative discovery into common issues, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings and to serve the convenience of common witnesses and parties.” About lawsuits

Previously, The New Jersey Supreme Court considered a consolidated lawsuit*** including Proceed hernia mesh as well as Prolene Hernia system. A it turned out, Proceed mesh and Prolene hernia system mesh lawsuits are currently part of separate Multicounty consolidated proceedings in New Jersey. However, these  New Jersey consolidated lawsuits specifically exclude Prolene hernia mesh and Prolene 3d Patch!

If victims want to file a Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit or a Prolene 3d Patch lawsuit they would need to find lawyers brave enough to file an individual lawsuit against Ethicon. Most hernia mesh lawyers require that the complications be catastrophic and the value of the case be well over a million dollars to pursue an individual lawsuit. Ethicon is owned by Johnson and Johnson and is worth billions. Ethicon has hundreds of lawyers on retainer and they will attempt to crush the victim who files an individual lawsuit. Individual lawsuits are often very expensive to pursue and hernia mesh attorneys are largely afraid to pursue hernia mesh lawsuits individually.

Prolene

There is no consolidated Federal or State Court Prolene lawsuit.There are dozens of Prolene surgical mesh complications which result from this allegedly defective mesh. These Prolene complications could include: infection, severe and debilitating pain, sexual dysfunction, removal of a testicle, hernia recurrence, mesh rejection, revision surgery, mesh erosion, scarification, infection, adhesion to organs, nerve damage, tissue damage, death, mesh migration as well as other severe complications.

There is no Prolene class action and there are no hernia mesh class actions in the United States. There is also no multidistrict litigation in Federal Court related to Prolene mesh a this time. Prolene lawsuits could be individual lawsuits filed in State or Federal Courts across the country. Below you will find a Prolene update concerning Prolene hernia  system mesh lawsuits filed in New Jersey State Courts. We try to provide mesh updates as soon as feasible.

We are reviewing the following types of Prolene Hernia Mesh:

  • Prolene Hernia System (PHS) 

It is extremely difficult to find a hernia mesh attorney willing to file a lawsuit against Ethicon Inc. as a result of allegedly defective Prolene hernia mesh.  If you are looking for hernia mesh lawyers to get justice, contact an attorney on the phone number on this website.

Will there be a Prolene Hernia System settlement 2020?

It is impossible to predict whether there will be a Prolene Hernia Mesh System settlement 2020.

Here is the 411 on prolene mesh

Many victims are seeking all pertinent information about Prolene Hernia System (PHS), Prolene hernia mesh and the Prolene 3D Patch. Courts across the United States will determine if Prolene hernia mesh is defective and what types of compensation victims are entitled to. Below you will find some information about Prolene mesh and Prolene surgical mesh lawsuits.

Matthew Ochoa filed a Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit

In 2017 Matthew Ochoa filed a Prolene hernia mesh lawsuit in Texas against Ethicon and others as a result of allegedly defective Prolene mesh. “Unfortunately, despite originally being considered a revolutionary breakthrough in medical device technology, Prolene Mesh has recently been associated with complications including mesh erosion, infections, pain, dyspareunia, organ perforation, and the recurrence of urinary problems. Prolene Mesh is also extremely difficult to remove once it has been implanted, meaning many may lose organs or must have severely invasive surgeries for mesh removal. Even then, because the mesh incorporates itself into tissue, complete removal of mesh remnants is difficult, if not impossible.” Complaint: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION MATTHEW OCHOA, Plaintiff, V. C.R. BARD, INC., BARD DAVOL, INC., JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ETHICON, INC., ETHICON US, LLC, AND ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC., Defendants.

“The Ethicon Prolene mesh was approved by the FDA through a backdoor called 501(k). It means the product was not tested by the FDA as other new products would be because it is “substantially similar” to other surgical meshes such as Ethicon’s UltraPro, Proceed, and Physiomesh. The Prolene mesh recalls have found that they are prone to break, leading to bowel perforations and chronic intestinal fistulae. Several lawsuits against Ethicon have found that the mesh disintegrate into victims’ bodies, leading to infections and other serious complications… At all times relevant hereto, the Defendant knew of the defective nature of its product and its labeling as herein set forth, yet continued to design, manufacture, market, distribute and sell its product so as to maximize sales and profits at the expense of the general public’s health and safety in conscious disregard for the foreseeable harm caused by this product. Defendant’s conduct exhibited such an entire want of care as to establish that its actions were a result of fraud, ill will, recklessness, gross negligence or willful and intentional disregard to the Plaintiff’s individual rights, health and well-being and hence punitive damages are appropriate.”  Id.

Manufacturers of the Prolene mesh line:

  • Johnson and Johnson is a New Jersey corporation with its business headquarters at One Johnson and Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick New jersey.
  • Ethicon Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Ethicon business headquarters is in Somerville New Jersey
  • Primary use of mesh: Hernia repair surgery

How to serve Johnson and Johnson:

All service of process must be through their Registered Agent of Service, CT Corporation System, 1999 Bryan Street, Suite 900, Dallas, Texas 75201-3136.

How to serve Ethicon Inc:

Registered Agent of Service, CT Corporation System, 1999 Bryan Street, Suite 900, Dallas, Texas 75201-3136

  • “For open inguinal hernia repair Bilayer design proven to combine anterior and posterior repair
  • First bilayered mesh device with low reported recurrence rate406
  • Reduced operative and recovery time when compared to the Lichtenstein patch repair technique407″ Ethicon website

“PROLENE Hernia System offers secure posterior repair from a simple anterior approach and has three points of protection. It demonstrates reproducible outcomes with different surgeons.126 Additionally, it allows tissue to grow through its interstices, thereby incorporating the mesh into adjacent tissue.For complete indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference full package insert.” http://www.ethicon.com/healthcare-professionals/products/hernia-repair-and-fixation/hernia-mesh-devices/prolene-polypropylene-hernia-system#!description-and-specs 

Scholarly article:  Comparative Study of Prolene Hernia System and Lichtenstein Method for Open Inguinal Hernia Repair

“Prolene Hernia System (PHS) is a bi-layered polypropylene mesh with a connector that combines the anterior and posterior inguinal hernia repair, but still not very popular in this part of the country. Hence a prospective & randomized comparative study was undertaken to compare PHS with the already popular Lichtenstein Hernia Repair (LHR) and determine the post-operative outcome. Mayank Badkur1 and Nitin Gargcorresponding author2 

What is a Prolene 3D Patch?

” For open inguinal hernia repair Simple, streamlined insertion technique409

  • One-piece, low-profile hernia device409
  • Nonabsorbable mesh device is used to repair abdominal wall defects409
  • Provides external support during and following wound healing409

For complete indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference full package insert.” http://www.ethicon.com/healthcare-professionals/products/hernia-repair-and-fixation/hernia-mesh-devices/prolene-3d-patch-polypropylene-mesh

“Unfortunately, despite originally being considered a revolutionary breakthrough in medical device technology, Prolene Mesh has recently been associated with complications including mesh erosion, infections, pain, dyspareunia, organ perforation, and the recurrence of urinary problems. Prolene Mesh is also extremely difficult to remove once it has been implanted, meaning many may lose organs or must have severely invasive surgeries for mesh removal. Even then, because the mesh incorporates itself into tissue, complete removal of mesh remnants is difficult, if not impossible.”   Complaint UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION MATTHEW OCHOA, Plaintiff, V. C.R. BARD, INC., BARD DAVOL, INC., JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ETHICON, INC., ETHICON US, LLC, AND ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC., Defendants. JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

“The Ethicon Prolene mesh was approved by the FDA through a backdoor called 501(k). It means the product was not tested by the FDA as other new products would be because it is “substantially similar” to other surgical meshes such as Ethicon’s UltraPro, Proceed, and Physiomesh. The Prolene mesh recalls have found that they are prone to break, leading to bowel perforations and chronic intestinal fistulae. Several lawsuits against Ethicon have found that the mesh disintegrate into victims’ bodies, leading to infections and other serious complications.”  Id.

Here is a post from 2018 which indicates that lawyers were trying to file individual Prolene lawsuits in State Court in New Jersey:

NEW YORKApril 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Plaintiffs who have filed hernia mesh lawsuits against Ethicon, Inc. in New Jersey Superior Court have filed a petition seeking centralization of their claims before a single judge in Bergen County. Court documents indicate that that there are at least 62 hernia mesh lawsuits currently pending against Ethicon in the state, all of which allege that the company’s polypropylene, multi-layer hernia mesh implants were defective, resulting in serious personal injuries and the need for medical intervention. Specific implants cited in the lawsuits include:

Adverse Event Reports:

“It was reported that a patient underwent a left groin hernia repair procedure on (b)(6) 2007 and mesh was used. Approximately (b)(6) weeks after the initial procedure, the patient experienced pain. The patient underwent a mri to determine the cause of the pain. The patient reports that the mesh has shrunk and the nerves in the groin have been affected by the mesh. The patient has had injections to relieve the pain and is currently taking ibuprofen.” FDA adverse event report

“It was reported by the patient that he underwent a left inguinal hernia repair on (b)(6) 2011 and mesh was used. Within a month of the procedure, the patient experienced a lot of pain and infection. He also stated that he felt something didn’t belong there. The patient contacted his physician who prescribed antibiotics for the infection. The patient had a second opinion as well. There is no additional information.” FDA 

“I had hernia surgery in (b)(6) 2004 and they put ethicon prolene mesh in me. I was fine until (b)(6). Now i have severe pain where the surgery was done and all the way down into my penis. I am sick to my stomach and hurt like a stabbing feeling and needles sticking me. Everything i read says it is the mesh but now i have no insurance and i am trying to hold on as long as possible but it is getting really hard to handle the pain much longer. I got my medical records from the surgery but i really don’t know how to tell what mesh is recalled. I just know mine is hurting.” Access Data

“Months after having the prolene mesh implanted into my abdomen-due to a hernia- i began having the following symptoms: nausea, abdominal pain, gas, indigestion and bloating, irritable bowels, intestinal bleeding, and a fistulae on my rear area. I take zantac -150 mg- daily to aid with the indigestion, bloating and gas. None of these problems were present before this prolene mesh was placed in my abdomen. After speaking with my dr this surgery was a last resort. I have been searching for the right avenue to file my complaint. In march of this year, i visited my primary care physician and discussed the problems i was having. It was recommended that i have surgery to remove the fistulae. It is unknown if the fistulae will recur. I was given the name of a surgeon to follow up with regarding removal of the fistulae. These symptoms are getting progressively worse. The purpose of this communication is to coniform the fda of the physical problems i am having due to this medical device. The product is the prolene mesh implanted in 2007 during surgery for abdominal hernia.” Adverse Event

(***”The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering whether to establish a new consolidation program for all hernia mesh lawsuits filed in the state involving Ethicon Proceed and Prolene products, and whether the cases should be centralized before one judge for coordinated pretrial proceedings. In a notice to the bar (PDF) issued in December, Glenn A. Grant, the Acting Administrative Director of the Courts announced that the court has received an application for the creation of a Multicounty Litigation (MCL) involving all Ethicon Proceed Surgical Mesh, Proceed Ventral and Prolene Hernia Mesh Systems filed in New Jersey Courts.”About lawsuits  

MAUDE Adverse Event Report: ETHICON ETHICON PMII PROLENE MESH 3X6 SHEETS

Model Number PMII
Event Date 11/25/2008
Event Type  Injury
Event Description
Had pelvic organ prolapse and surgery in 2004 for pop. Doctor was awesome and did a great job; however, mesh implant rejected in 2008. Product was ethicon pmii prolene mesh 3×6 sheets. Surgery in 2008 to remove rejected mesh and clean infected tissue. Will likely have pop in near future since partial rejection the same month along with more rejection. The doctor said it would be highly probable for more rejection. Infection from rejected mesh made me very ill for one year as it took that long to discover infection was from rejected mesh. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMAUDE/detail.cfm?mdrfoi__id=1294044

ETHICON JOHNSON AND JOHNSON ETHICON PROLENE MESH ETHICON PROLENE HERNIA SYSTEM Back to Search Results
Lot Number JBF3229E
Event Date 07/14/2004
Event Type  Other
Event Description
I had hernia surgery in (b)(6) 2004 and they put ethicon prolene mesh in me. I was fine until (b)(6). Now i have severe pain where the surgery was done and all the way down into my penis. I am sick to my stomach and hurt like a stabbing feeling and needles sticking me. Everything i read says it is the mesh but now i have no insurance and i am trying to hold on as long as possible but it is getting really hard to handle the pain much longer. I got my medical records from the surgery but i really don’t know how to tell what mesh is recalled. I just know mine is hurting.
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