Physiomesh Lawsuit

physiomesh-lawsuitJohnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division issued a full withdrawal in May 2016 concerning its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. The voluntary withdrawal came after two studies found higher rates of hernia re-opening versus similar products. The product is used in the laparoscopic repair and treatment of ventral hernias. Hernia mesh patches are stitched over the hernia to strengthen abdominal walls so the hernia will not reopen.

Unfortunately, Ethicon’s Physiomesh devices are made from composite material that includes polypropylene. This material has been shown to break down, leading to hernia recurrence, bacterial infection, and swelling at the surgical site. In most cases, patients need follow-up surgeries to repair the problem. Medical studies conducted in Germany and Denmark confirmed patients implanted with Ethicon’s Physiomesh stand a higher risk for hernia recurrence and the need for re-operation compared to patient implanted with similar devices made from other materials.

The polypropylene used in Ethicon’s Physiomesh is the same material used in the company’s controversial transvaginal mesh, which has also come under fire and been the subject of much legal action. Claims against transvaginal mesh products made of polypropylene include device migration and erosion, puncture and perforation of organs, and excruciating pain and infection.

Ethicon’s Voluntary Withdrawal of Its Physiomesh

Issues with Physiomesh grew so common and severe, Ethicon issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice to hospitals and surgery centers throughout the country alerting medical staff to a problem with many of its hernia mesh products.

The notice withdrew from the market unused products, and invited surgeons to return products to the manufacturer to avoid further problems. Surgeons were also encouraged not to use Physiomesh when repairing hernia recurrence and were given a list of other Ethicon products available for use.

Complications, Pain, and Suffering Caused by Ethicon’s Physiomesh

Patients who experience a problem with the Ethicon Physiomesh are likely to experience any of the following health issues:

  • Intense pain
  • Infection
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion or scar-tissue fusing together
  • Bleeding
  • Formation of a hole in neighboring tissues or organs
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinking

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits

Several patients implanted laparoscopically between March 1, 2010 and May 31, 2016 with Ethicon’s Physiomesh have already taken legal action against the manufacturers of the device.

One Florida woman filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, alleging her mesh device blocked her intestines and caused her chronic pain. An Illinois man filed a similar lawsuit alleging his device caused an infection to develop, which led to two abscesses and a fistula.

Investigation into mesh devices continues and more lawsuits are expected in the coming months. Anyone implanted with a Physiomesh device or unsure how his or her hernia was treated is encouraged to follow-up with their doctor or contact a legal professional for more information. Additional information about physiomesh lawsuits can be found here: http://www.drugdangers.com/physiomesh/lawsuit

Ethicon’s voluntary withdrawal applies to the following Ethicon products:

1) Laparoscopic Hernia Pack

ELH5 PHY1515Q

2) Laparoscopic Hernia Pack

ELH10 PHY1515Q

3) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY0715R

Rectangle 7.5cm x 15cm

4) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY1015V

Oval 10cm x 15cm

5) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY1515Q

Square 15cm x 15cm

6) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY1520R

Rectangle 15cm x 20cm

7) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY1520V

Oval 15cm x 20 cm

8) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY2025V

Oval 20cm x 25cm

9) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY2030R

Rectangle 20cm x 30cm

10) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY2535V

Oval 25cm x 35cm

11) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY3035R

Rectangle 30cm x 35cm

12) ETHICON PHYSIOMESH

Flexible Composite Mesh

PHY3050R

Rectangle 30cm x 50cm


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