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Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Repair is Flawed

Ethicon's Physiomesh implanted in hernia patients is failing in record numbers

Friday, July 21, 2017 - Physiomesh is a plastic made from polypropylene filaments woven into a flexible fabric. The product was used to repair ventral hernias during laparoscopic hernia repair surgery. The product was intended to be used like repairing a hole or a weak spot in a fiberglass boat and was to be placed over the abdominal hole or weak spot. Severe, life-threatening problems began developing when abdominal tissue absorbed or grew around the mesh, being a foreign body, and absorbing and encasing it thus making it almost impossible to remove the infected or defective mesh without also removing or severely damaging the organ to which it has adhered.

Other problems are higher rates of hernia recurrence, revision surgery to repair Physiomesh damage, and additional weak spots and hernias in the surrounding tissue as well as frequent infections.

A worldwide voluntary withdrawal of a medical device speaks volumes about the life-threatening dangers the product can cause to a patient as major medical device manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson are not eager to give up their market share or billions in profits without a fight. In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary Ethicon Inc., maker of the Physiomesh hernia repair mesh permanently took the product off the market and asked physicians around the world to cease use of the device. The reason for the voluntary global warning was the high incidences of recurring hernias, much higher than similar hernia-repair meshes, approximately 250% higher according to studies, and infections at the site of implantation in the abdomen, the solution to which is expensive and dangerous revision surgery. In the form of an urgent field safety notice, Ethicon urged physicians to immediately cease using the product yet failed to mention any deaths or injuries resulting from the product. Patients implanted with the hernia repair mesh reported a plethora of complications in addition to infections and many have chosen to sue Johnson & Johnson for reimbursement of medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. Currently, the number of lawsuits claiming injury or death from the Physiomesh is growing at a 20% rate per month and could now exceed 100 individual lawsuits. Many lawsuits allege that the material used on the Physiomesh, intended by company scientists to used to reduce inflammation the mesh causes is at the root of the products defect. Simply put, the material, Polypropylene, prevents fluid from escaping causing abscesses and bacterial infection to occur. To combat the abscesses and infections the body's natural process is to regrow healthy tissue around the affected site encasing the mesh in the scar tissue and making the device difficult or impossible to remove.

If you have been a victim of the negligence of Johnson & Johnson, which sold and implanted approximately 300,000 units of the product in unsuspecting patients from 2010 to 2016, and have been or may be forced to undergo hernia mesh revision surgery, you may have a case to sue the company. Other complications that Physiomesh lawsuit plaintiffs allege are severe abdominal pain, infections, perforated organs, intestinal blockage, tissue damage, internal bleeding, and stomach ulcers. In addition, plaintiffs claim that Johnson & Johnson had knowledge of the higher-than-normal revision surgery rates early on and did nothing to inform the medical community, selling the device and making billions of dollars in revenue for six years.

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