Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh is coated in fish oil. This unique coating is advertised as a way to prevent adhesions (scar-tissue), but a growing number of lawsuits claim it actually causes severe side effects.
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UPDATE: C-QUR Mesh Lawsuit Blames Coating on Complications
January 9, 2017 — A lawsuit (PDF) has been filed in New Hampshire by a man who blames the fish oil coating on C-QUR Mesh for causing an inflammatory reaction, chronic pain, and other complications that required surgery. Lawyers say Atrium “recklessly disregarded human life by lying to physicians about the possible causes of the allergic reactions, resulting in significantly more severe injuries.” Click here to read more.
What is C-QUR Hernia Mesh?
Atrium Medical Corporation started selling C-QUR Hernia Mesh (pronounced “Secure”) in 2005. It was approved by the FDA with a 510(k) application, which means it was allowed on the market without clinical trials because it was similar to other types of hernia mesh.
Types of C-QUR Hernia Mesh
- Atrium C-Qur Mesh
- Atrium C-Qur Edge
- Atrium C-Qur Mosaic
- Atrium C-Qur TacShield
- Atrium C-Qur V-Patch
- Atrium C-Qur Centrifix
- Atrium C-Qur FX Mesh
- Atrium C-Qur Lite
Why Is C-QUR Covered in Fish Oil?
Unlike other types of hernia mesh, C-QUR is the only type that is coated in fish oil — also known as Omega-3 fatty acid (O3FA). The coating is advertised as an “adhesion barrier” to prevent scar-tissue from sticking organs together during the healing process after surgery.
What Are Abdominal Adhesions?
Abdominal adhesions are one of the most common major complications of hernia mesh implants. Normally, organs and tissues have a slippery surface so they don’t stick together when you move. Adhesions are fibrous bands of scar-tissue that stick organs together abnormally. The scar-tissue grows during the healing process from abdominal surgery. Adhesions can also be caused by inflammation when the body rejects a hernia mesh implant.
Does Fish Oil Actually Work?
Fish oil supplements have a reputation for fighting inflammation, but without clinical trials, no one knows if fish oil mesh effectively prevents adhesions. Even if it works, there are no studies proving that these anti-adhesion benefits outweigh the risk of major complications like infection and allergic reactions to fish oil.
C-QUR Mesh Recall
C-QUR Edge mesh was recalled because heat and moisture in the package caused the fish oil coating to peel off. The human body is also hot and wet, which suggests a similar risk. However, the mesh was never actually pulled off the market.
What is the Problem?
Atrium ignored some reports of infections and was cited by the FDA for product contamination (35 confirmed cases of hair being found in “sterile” products). In 2015, Atrium was forced to stop manufacturing C-QUR Mesh until the violations were corrected.
Most Infectious Hernia Patch on the Market?
In January 2013, a clinical trial of the C-Qur V-Patch was stopped prematurely due to an unacceptably high rate of infections. The full results were never published.
In another study, eight types of hernia mesh were implanted in 144 rats. Infections occurred in 15 out of 16 rats that were implanted with C-Qur Mesh — more infections than every other type of mesh in the study combined.
C-QUR Hernia Mesh Class Action
Atrium is facing more than a dozen lawsuits from people who developed severe side effects of C-QUR Hernia Mesh. Instead of a class action, judges centralized the lawsuits in a “mass-tort” or Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in New Hampshire under Judge Landya B. McCafferty — In Re: Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation — Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2753).
C-QUR Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
One lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a woman from Georgia who was implanted with C-QUR Edge in 2008. Over the next few years, she developed severe health problems, infections, and required multiple surgeries. Her doctors said the mesh was “bunched up in layers” or “folded up.”
Adhesions and Allergic Reaction to Fish Oil Mesh
In another case report, a 61 year-old woman developed chronic pain and a hard lump on her chest within a few months of being implanted with C-QUR Mesh. During surgery to remove it, doctors found “dense adhesive disease around the mesh” due to an inflammatory foreign body reaction to the fish oil coating.
C-QUR Mesh Injuries
- Chronic pain
- Hernia recurrence
- Allergic reactions
- Scar-tissue and adhesions
- Organ damage
- Foreign body reaction
- Mesh erosion, migration, or failure
- Surgery to remove mesh
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