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A Recent Study Published in the National Institute of Health Slams Polypropylene as Incompatible with Human Tissues

Polypropylene was first considered inert and safe to use for hernia repair, however, the facts indicate otherwise

Friday, October 23, 2020 - Physiomesh hernia repair mesh is made of a composite of questionable materials that may not have any business being inside the human body. A major component of the Ethicon's Physiomesh hernia repair mesh is polypropylene plastic. According to Creative Materials.com, "Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic "addition polymer" made from the combination of propylene monomers. It is used in a variety of applications to include packaging for consumer products, plastic parts for various industries including the automotive industry, special devices like living hinges, and textiles." Polypropylene plastic is used because of its strength and flexibility. The main use of polypropylene plastic is in transparent microwaveable food storage bags and containers. Hernia mesh is made from one layer of polypropylene separated from the hernia by a thick synthetic film intended to become absorbed into the underlying tissue. Ethicon Physiomesh hernia repair attorneys have vast experience litigating against big corporations and a winning track record offering a free consultation and no obligation to file a claim.

Over 3000 individuals have filed lawsuits against Ethicon Inc., the maker of the Physiomesh Hernia Repair Mesh alleging that the medical device deteriorated within their body and migrated to other areas of the lower abdominal cavity and causing lacerations, and deadly blockages. There have been reports of pieces of a now brittle hernia repair mesh lacerating the bowels causing feces to spill into the abdominal cavity. Other hernia mesh victims have reported being in constant pain as the hardened device pokes internal organs causing bleeding. Polypropylene hernia mesh also tends to become infected when attacked by the body's natural immune response to the foreign, petroleum-based object, and also because the honeycomb-like construction traps bacteria and other unwanted debris. A new study published by a respected government agency suggests that hernia mesh made from polypropylene may be the cause of most hernia repair-related health emergencies.

A study in the National Institute of Health tested polypropylene used in hernia repair mesh for its chemical characteristics and physical properties after implanting it in the human body. The study concludes problems with hernia mesh so severe as to lead one to believe that a public health crisis could be waiting for us when one considers the millions of people receiving the questionable medical device every year. The NIH study concluded, "Polypropylene in mesh form is commonly considered inert and without adverse reactions after implantation in humans. The literature suggests otherwise with reports of various degrees of degradation, including depolymerization, cross-linking, oxidative degradation by free radicals, additive leaching, hydrolysis, stress cracking, and mesh shrinkage along with infection, chronic inflammation and the stimulation of sclerosis." The study also found that polypropylene plastic leaches toxic chemicals into the body during the degradation process. The study further finds that polypropylene hernia mesh may absorb certain chemicals that weaken the mesh. "These alterations in the chemical structure of polypropylene are responsible for visibly demonstrable fiber changes, resulting in the loss of structural integrity through material embrittlement," the NIH reports.

If you have had hernia repair surgery using hernia repair mesh and are experiencing pain, discomfort or autoimmune or allergic reactions, and have undergone revision surgery, you should speak with a Hernia Mesh Attorney to see if you qualify for reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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