Have you suffered health problems after undergoing surgery for an abdominal hernia using Ethicon’s Physiomesh? Have you undergone a second surgery to correct a recurring hernia?
If you or someone you love was injured as a result of Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, you may be entitled to financial compensation. There may be a class action lawsuit forming with substantial cash settlements from claims filed. You can also check out http://www.ethiconphysiomeshlawsuits.com website if you want to consult an Ethicon Physiomesh Attorney.
Physiomesh is a large pore, a flexible composite mesh made of non-absorbable polypropylene and used in minimally invasive ventral hernia repair and other facial deficiencies. A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.
A ventral hernia is a bulge through an opening within the abdominal wall muscles. Synthetic mesh in hernia repair is preferred over using sutures because it reduces the risk of infection and pain, and provides quicker recovery time.
Physiomesh and Hernia Mesh Complications
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the most common adverse events reported for hernia repair surgery include:
- Hernia recurrence
- Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion)
- Intestinal blockage
- Perforation (a hole in neighboring tissues or organs)
Ethicon utilizes polypropylene to manufacture the base layer of the Physiomesh. Polypropylene is the same material that Ethicon makes their transvaginal mesh and bladder slings from. Ethicon has faced thousands of lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh and bladder slings made from polypropylene.
Ethicon added an absorbable film coating to each side of the polypropylene to create the Physiomesh. The coating on each side of the Physiomesh is composed of slightly different compounds. Ethicon added coatings to the Physiomesh in an attempt to prevent the destruction that polypropylene causes when it comes in direct contact with human tissue.
Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuit
The Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, manufactured by Ethicon, Inc. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) has been linked to several complications patients who underwent laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.
The device has been shown to cause increased rates of hernia recurrence and postoperative pain compared to similar meshes on the market.
Ethicon recalled the Physiomesh device in May 2016 and surgeons across the U.S. and Europe were advised to stop using the mesh immediately. Ethicon told those surgeons to monitor those patients already implanted with the mesh as usual.