C-Qur is a mesh implant, manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation (AMC). It was approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 for various internal medical repairs, including hernia repair, surgical wound repair, and chest wall repair. The mesh is made from polypropylene, a polymer plastic. Hospitals and doctors began aggressively utilizing the Atrium mesh in 2010, when Atrium and Premier, Inc., which works with over 1,000 hospitals, contracted to supply the mesh.
The C-Qur mesh hernia implants were recalled voluntarily by AMC in 2013 because the Omega 3 gel fish oil coating could cause damage if the mesh was exposed to humidity for too long. With too much humidity, the coating can peel off and stick to the packaging, or to the patient if the coating came off during or after surgery. The coating is needed to prevent the mesh from coming into direct contact with the patient’s organs. The mesh implant itself was not recalled—just the packaging.
Symptoms of an adverse reaction to C-Qur
The dangers of C-Qur implants include infections and mesh adhesion. Symptoms include:
- Mesh adhering to the patient’s intestines
- Organ, nerve, and blood vessel damage
- Chronic pain
- Recurrence of the hernia
Bowel perforation and bowel resection are other complications. Other adverse reactions can include allergies and inflammation.
Lawsuits are now being filed against AMC for poor product design and manufacture. Medical device companies make a fortune from the sale of their medical products. Profit should never come before human safety, though. AMC and other medical device companies have a duty to fully test and review their product designs before they place their products on the market. Manufacturers such as Atrium Medical Corporation also have a duty to warn any users of the products of any known or reasonably likely risks.
C-Qur cases have now been consolidated into a class action lawsuit. This means anyone who suspects a mesh implant injury should get an immediate diagnosis of their medical situation. If the diagnosis confirms that the patient’s Atrium mesh is causing physical and emotional harm, the patient should seek an experienced South Carolina medical malpractice attorney. Atrium hernia mesh injuries can take years to appear. Because there are time limits for bringing lawsuits and joining the class actions, patients should get a competent diagnosis as soon as possible.
At McGowan, Hood, and Felder, LLC, our South Carolina medical error lawyers can help determine if you have a basis for a legal claim. We can then help pursue your case through the class action lawsuit or independently if warranted. To determine your rights, please call our office to make an appointment. You can reach us at 1-888-302-7546 or complete our contact form today to review your case.