Proceed Surgical Mesh
The Proceed Surgical Mesh was hit with an FDA recall on December 21st, 2005 after a troublesome pattern surfaced with regards to a the soft mesh layer of the patch delaminating from the polypropylene layer, leaving it exposed. It was determined that this exposure to the polypropylene could lead to an increased risk of adhesions and bowl fistulization. Symptoms associated with these injuries may include chronic abdominal pain, prolonged fever, or tenderness at the implant site.
The FDA suggested that hospitals immediately suspend use of all affected Proceed Surgical Meshes. In cooperation with the FDA recall, Ethicon, Inc. contacted its patients on January 4, 2006 warning them of the possible defect and alerting them to the hernia patch recall. Patients implanted with an affected hernia device were advised to seek medical attention immediately to determine the best course of action.
The Proceed Surgical Mesh is a medical product that was designed and manufactured by Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson Gateway, LLC. It is constructed from a layer of soft polypropylene and an oxidized regenerated cellulose and its placement aids in the prevention of new hernias at various potential sites.
The construction of the Proceed mesh was specifically designed to minimize tissue attachment and provide flexible scar tissue. The Proceed Surgical Mesh serves as a reparative device for existing hernias while also serving as a preventative device, minimizing the potential for new hernia formation.
The surgical procedure through which the Proceed Surgical Mesh is implanted is minimally invasive and can be performed under local or regional anesthesia.
Proceed Surgical Mesh Lawsuits
Since the initial hernia patch recall was issued in December of 2005, there have been several reported instances of defects. It is the responsibility of medical device manufacturers and parent companies to ensure that their products are safe before marketing them to the general public. Failure to do so is deemed negligent and grounds for litigation. Those who are injured as a result of a product defect may be eligible to receive personal injury compensation from any negligent parties.
Contact the experienced Pensacola, Florida defective product lawyers at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz today at (888) 255-2956 to get additional information regarding your rights as a Proceed Surgical Mesh injury victim.