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Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh Recalled

Millions of people who have had hernia repair surgery in the last decade are worried that their surgery may have been a failure

Monday, April 9, 2018 - Since the year 2010, about 300,000 of the 500,000 hernia repair surgeries that take place every year have used the Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. In May of 2016, Ethicon's parent company, Johnson & Johnson, recalled the hernia repair device after unpublished data from two large independent hernia registries, the Herniamed German Registry, and The Danish Hernia Database, revealed a higher than normal rate of revision surgeries necessary when compared to similar devices.

If you or a loved one has had the Ethicon Physiomesh flexible composite mesh implanted during laparoscopic ventral hernia surgery, you may have concerns about the product's safety and whether or not your health is at risk and rightfully so. According to, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and doctors and hospitals around the world received the following field safety message: "URGENT: MEDICAL DEVICE REMOVAL - ETHICON PHYSIOMESH Flexible Composite Mesh", applying to all product codes of the device. The warning states that scientists at Ethicon are unable to pin down the exact reasons for the higher repair rates but narrow down the causes to "possible product characteristics, operative and patient factors." This means that there is either something wrong with the design of the product, the way surgeons are inserting the device or the health history of patients that are candidates for the product. Most likely a final analysis will reveal a combination of all three cases, however, any one of the above is enough to be concerned.

If you have had laparoscopic hernia repair surgery you should contact your doctor to see if the recalled hernia mesh is the one used in your surgery. It is also a good idea to call the hospital to request a copy of your medical records. Symptoms that something may be wrong with your device include experiencing pain, bulging, swelling, redness, and soreness in the abdominal area. Signs of an internal infection may be nausea, headaches, lethargy and flu-like symptoms like aches and pains. Infected areas of the body are generally warm to the touch.

Physiomesh hernia patients that have experienced these symptoms and have been forced to undergo second surgeries have been burdened with financial hardship as well pain and suffering. Individuals suing Ethicon's parent company Johnson & Johnson, report medical expenses related to their surgery and recovery, lost wages from being out of work for an extended period of time, psychological trauma, and a diminished quality of life. According to, "the first Physiomesh bellwether trial is scheduled for September 16, 2019. To date, over 400 Physiomesh lawsuits have been consolidated for a pre-trial motion and discovery purposes in MDL 2782."

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and are contemplating filing a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, be aware of the statute of limitation in your state. The first Physiomesh implants were performed as recent as 2010, therefore, almost everyone falls within their state's time limits to file. Filing an Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit can help individuals recover the compensation they deserve, and also serves to hold Ethicon accountable for the safety of its medical devices in the long run.

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