You Think it Might be the Polypropylene?

//You Think it Might be the Polypropylene?

You Think it Might be the Polypropylene?

Bruce Rosenberg, patient advocate

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, November 20, 2017  ~ Bruce Rosenberg is a patient advocate and hernia-mesh injured man living in Florida. 

If you have called Mesh News Desk looking for answers about your hernia mesh and the complications you’re suffering, you will be sent to Bruce. 

He questions whether the problem with all meshes might just be the polypropylene plastic its made of. 

There is a steady increase in the number of calls coming into Mesh News Desk and Bruce Rosenberg.  Bruce takes an average of 20 calls a week from people with hernia mesh complications.  And there is no particular model or mesh manufacturer people have problems with.

Rosenberg says the common thread is that the majority of hernia mesh is made from polypropylene (PP), a polymer plastic that comes from the petroleum industry.

Prolene hernia mesh removed after 1.5 yr.

Hernia mesh complications might include mesh contraction, migration, erosion and/or adhesion to nerves, spermatic cord, bowel and bladder.

Rosenberg says, “We’re noting an increase in the number of law firms interested in taking hernia mesh cases which is a sharp departure from the transvaginal mesh litigation.”

“The theory is that coatings on hernia mesh disappear too soon,” he says.

Atrium C-Qur mesh from website

The Atrium C-Qur mesh was approved by the FDA through the 510(k) approval program in 2006. Its marketing promises it is “film coated mesh” and there is a coating made of all natural Omega 3 gel coating from fish oil, according to Atrium.

The FDA issued a Field Safety Notice to Atrium Medical in 2012 warning the manufacturing and sterilization process for C-Qur was altered and that numerous infection complications were not being investigation.

Atrium issued a safety notice to its customers (here) warning that the coating could adhere to the packaging sleeve, but C-Qur mesh remains on the market while the Edge was discontinued.  There was no word from Atrium what happens when the mesh is exposed to excessive humidity for an extended period of time in the human body.

Physiomesh was removed from the market by Ethicon (J&J) in May of 2016, though Ethicon denies it was a recall.

Physiomesh demo, Hollis Law

Independent studies had shown high rates of patient and surgeon complications. The coating on Physiomesh reportedly prevents the bowel from being exposed to the polypropylene which doesn’t allow it to incorporate properly into the abdominal wall.

The adhesion of PP is the cause of pain and otherwise injuries to nerves, the bowel, ureters and that the coatings may not be the entire issue.

“The coating may not be the only problem,” says Rosenberg.

“I’m suggesting that patients who may be seeking legal representation are likely to have a variety of problems, most of which the commonality is that they are made of polypropylene.

Just because an attorney or doctor tells you, you don’t have one of those meshes on recall or that law firms are soliciting for in litigation, that does not mean you might not be having problem with your PP hernia mesh.”

Rosenberg says mounting scientific evidence presented in trial testimony suggests ultimately we may finally find polypropylene is the culprit. ###


By | 2018-01-07T21:48:08+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Mesh Reading Room Resource|18 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. PCFC November 20, 2017 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Yes more scientific data will show that polypropylene is responsible for more health problems than originally undercovered, yet law firms are trying to get clients to settle for small amounts stating the opposite that health problems we are expierencing may be coming from something other than the Mesh weakening our case, as well as,long waits to go to trial. What about first come first served. Not new defective products coming into light bumping up on the court dates when your attorneys have,had your case 4-6 YEARS.

  2. Donna P November 20, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    This is not new news…People are finding doctors to repair areas with their own facia…Yes, court cases, lawyers on them and Rx companies drag their feet and should be implanted with mesh as punishment…

    • Jane Akre November 20, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Of course it is not new…. it has been theorized for a long time, that PP may not be biocompatible. This is the opinion of a patient advocate who has long espoused this theory which is gaining more evidence. What’s interesting is that in some people the PP mesh seems to not incite a response or pain or infection… no one knows why that is, yet it is still implanted without first answering that important question.

  3. Kitty November 20, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    My belief is…it is good to fight for research…but also let us know if you have received a settlement if you are engaging with many of us that have not received a dime for our injuries.

  4. Kitty November 20, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Also…your settlement may not have been fair..but u did get some response.??

  5. WirralInItTogether November 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I had a double inguinal hernia repair four days ago. Quite startling to read this. Not sure I would have gone ahead if I’d known. I did read up on what the operation involved but found no cause for concern. The surgeon did not mention any known issues with the mesh. Will just have to hope now…

    • Jane Akre November 21, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

      We will be hoping with you…. Not everyone has problems so think positively!!!

    • Frank Johnson January 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      How are you doing now that you’re
      three months in? I hope all is going well for you.

  6. Richard Harris November 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I have a large piece of that holding my diaphragm together. Every system seems to be effected, badly

  7. Richard Harris November 25, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    There is no advocacy for the rarity of it.

  8. Tom December 25, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Exactly what I’ve been asking lawfirms suing over mesh….What is the 1 common denominator between all or most meshes causing problems? We all know it’s PP. Admit it and do something about this. Immediately. Thanks for the writing this article.

  9. Ralph February 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    But aren’t most surgical sutures made from polypropylene? I know Prolene sutures are, and they’re among the most commonly used in the surgical profession. I would think that, if there is indeed a serious biocompatibility problem with implanting polypropylene in human tissue, we’d see more complications arising from the use of suture products–right? What am I missing?

    • Jane Akre February 4, 2018 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      You bring up a very good point and one that defense brings up at trial. The explanation appears to be the “quantity” of polypropylene. The common adage here is the more mesh the more mess. A mesh implant is made up of miles of polypropylene thread, I remember an analogy to several football fields at one trial … so your question is very astute and has been addressed at trial. That may explain why the larger POP meshes were so problematic and are for the most part off the market!

  10. Sue February 5, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Hello, Is there any attorney firm out
    there that is willing to take on this
    poison? I have Atrium Medical’s Pro
    Loop Hernia Mesh and Plug. I can’t
    work, etc., etc. Can I file myself?
    Thank you,

  11. Rodney Sams March 4, 2018 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I had several hernias repaired with mesh in feb 2017. I felt good after I went through the recovery process for about 2 months. After that, I have been living a complete nightmare. My body is so weak. I can’t work. If I do work for a day it takes 2 days of bed rest to start moving around again. I have costipation, diarrhea, leg pain, headaches, nausea, and stomach pain. I’m severely depressed and have no quality of life. I have went from a extremely hard working business owner in the landscape field to being bed ridden for days at a time. If I didn’t have God in my life and the support of my wife and family,I would have probably already ended my life. I hate to be that way, but I’m just keeping it real. I’m open for any suggestions or help from anyone. Thanks!

    • Jane Akre March 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Rodney you need a doctor who can help you improve your quality of life,..check with Bruce Rosenberg,, text him at 9547015094 ….he may suggest Kevin Petersen in l as vegas, I wish this was a rareoccutence but with one million hernia implants a year there are hundreds of thousands of folks in your camp. Please check out Hollis law on this site to see if they will represent you…I’m sorry for your family as well.!!!

  12. Carolyn L Johnson March 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I have had two inguinal hernia surgery, first one was right inguinal this one was 2010, second one left side in 2011. Even after surgery they still keep hurting, so after 4 years of hurting I went to a different surgeon and he said I had a hematoma, they tried to drain it but couldn’t so they went ahead did surgery and found that both mesh was Unattached, the left one that had a plug in mess up bad plug was unattached, he fix them in 2015 but here we are hurt again and afraid to go to doctor and need to go they hurt so bad. My friend told about y’all please help I don’t know what to do

    • Jane Akre March 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      In so sorry Caroline. Please text Bruce Rosenberg, patient advocate. He is hernia mesh injured and very knowledgeable. 954. 701 5094. He is not affiliated with anyone. Also depending on where you are there may be experts on mesh complications. In Las Vegas there is Dr Kevin Petersen.

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