For more than 50 years, hernia mesh implants have been used to repair abdominal hernias. Some mesh manufacturers, like Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-QUR, use polypropylene which is known to deteriorate and cause infection, inflammation, and adhesion.
It’s well documented that polypropylene should not be considered a permanent solution for the human body, but manufacturers have their bottom line as a priority. These companies developed coatings for the polypropylene meshes in an attempt to absolve complications instead of testing new, potentially safer mesh solutions. Ethicon has issued a permanent recall of the Physiomesh implant. Atrium’s C-QUR has a “natural Omega 3 gel coating” and still remains on the market regardless of being linked to numerous side effects.