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Ethicon Physiomesh Migration Issue

The biggest problem with Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh is that it does not stay put on the abdominal hole or bulge it was intended to repair

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Hernia repair comes in several different forms. According to the FDA, "the most common types of hernias are 1) Inguinal: occurs in the inner groin, 2) Femoral: occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin, 3) Incisional: occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen, 4) Ventral: occurs in the general abdominal/ventral wall, 5) Umbilical: occurs at the belly button and 6) Hiatal: occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm."

At the center of hundreds of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, are the types of hernias that occur in the abdomen called a ventral hernia. In a ventral hernia, the stomach protrudes through or causes a bulge in a weak spot in the muscular abdominal wall. Repairing an abdominal hernia using traditional laparoscopic surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure that was, in hindsight, unnecessarily complicated with the introduction of the Physiomesh Composite Hernia Mesh. Physiomesh is placed over the spot of the hole or bulge in the abdomen where it is designed to stay in place by being partially absorbed into the surrounding tissue. Problem is, it doesn't.

In fact, the device often becomes detached from the abdominal muscle and migrates to the bowels where it can cause obstruction and perforation. Such was the case in a lawsuit filed by Gerald Payne, an Idaho man. Mr. Payne was one of the earlier recipients of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh that was recommended by his doctors as a more effective and less invasive form of hernia repair and performed by laparoscopy. Mr. Payne's symptoms of pain did not subside as would be expected, but actually increased over the years and included severe abdominal pain and abdominal weakness. Seven years after the original Physiomesh implant Payne elected to have revision surgery only to be told that the device had migrated to his bowels. Not only was his original hernia never actually repaired, the detached mesh device caused a painful bowel obstruction.

Many other victims of Physiomesh migration have sued Johnson & Johnson having experienced severe pain, abdominal weakness, infection, swelling and the need to undergo dangerous and expensive revision surgery. In addition to repairing the original hernia yet again, other organs that have been damaged by Physiomesh often have to be removed. Victims of the faulty Physiomesh requiring revision surgery have large medical expenses and often cannot return to work. They are suing for reimbursement of their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

If you have had ventral laparoscopic hernia repair surgery in the past and are experiencing abnormal pain at the site of a hernia or in the bowel area you may qualify to file an Ethicon Physiomesh claim against Johnson & Johnson for rushing a substandard and relatively untested medical device to market. Johnson & Johnson was aware of the migration problem with Physiomesh many years ago when, in response to the abnormally high number of necessary revision surgeries, Ethicon issued a market withdrawal of all Physiomesh products worldwide.

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