Products Liability Litigation for Surgical Mesh Used to Repair Hernias
The results of two significant hernia repair studies published in 2016 indicate that Ethicon’s Physiomesh patches have worse patient outcomes than other hernia repair products. Patients implanted with Physiomesh have been found to experience recurrent hernia, internal infection, and organ damage, requiring one or more revision surgeries to repair hernia mesh damage. Ethicon issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice to announce a global market withdrawal.
Today, persons and the family members of persons who have suffered from Physiomesh side effects are suing Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit for medical expenses and suffering related to surgical hernia mesh problems. This page contains detailed information from attorneys handling Physiomesh side effects lawsuits.
What is Physiomesh?
Physiomesh flexible composite is a product sold by Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Hernia mesh is a patch used by surgeons to repair ventral hernias. Used in laparoscopic hernia repair, Physiomesh surgical hernia patches are made of polypropylene filaments which have been woven into a flexible fabric. This plastic medical device was designed to be implanted to repair a hole or weak spot in the abdominal wall. The fibers are non-absorbable and implantation of the device is considered permanent. Ethicon manufactured rectangular and oval-shaped versions of Physiomesh in a variety of sizes.
Who is at Risk for Hernia Mesh Injuries?
Patients who were implanted with Ethicon Physiomesh patch devices during the course of laparoscopic ventral hernia repair have experienced a variety of side effects from the product. The device was designed to be physiologically compatible with the abdominal wall, meaning Ethicon meant for the product to work seamlessly with the body’s natural abdominal wall tissues to repair a hole or weak spot. Instead, hernia surgical mesh defects caused the product to adhere to internal organs in some cases, resulting in severe internal infection and damage to bodily organs.
Critics say Physiomesh was not adequately tested to determine the safety of internal implantation prior to the product’s market release. As a result of the high number of revision surgeries, hernia recurrence reports, and other hernia mesh side effects, Ethicon has permanently withdrawn the product from markets worldwide.
Surgical Hernia Mesh Risks
Ethicon’s Physiomesh flexible composite mesh has been found to cause severe internal damage in some patients. Serious infection, organ damage, the need for revision surgery, and high rates of hernia recurrence are among the hernia mesh risks. Because Physiomesh risks outweigh the product’s benefits, Ethicon has withdrawn Physiomesh from global markets permamently. The Ethicon hernia mesh withdrawal includes a range of Physiomesh patches in various shapes and sizes.
In tandem with the global market withdrawal, Ethicon issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice urging surgeons to stop using its surgical hernia composite mesh. The warning advised that patients already implanted with the device be monitored.
Attorneys for Physiomesh Hernia Lawsuits
Our lawyers handling Physiomesh injury lawsuits against Ethicon are available to discuss your case at no cost to you. Our hernia mesh attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay no legal fees unless we win for you. Visit our full Hernia Mesh Lawsuit website.
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