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Hernia Repair Is One of the Most Frequently Performed Surgeries in the World

In spite of Ethicon's Physiomesh withdrawal and with billions at stake, the market for hernia repair medical devices is likely to expand, not contract

Friday, October 12, 2018 - In spite of past, current, and most likely future problems with polypropylene hernia mesh devices, hernia repair continues to be a multi-billion dollar per year market for hernia repair mesh used in laparoscopic surgery. According to, the market for hernia repair devices is expected to grow by around 6% per year and to reach $6.1 billion by the year 2020. The market expansion is due to the usage of hernia repair mesh devices to repair recurring hernias as well as a growing, aging, and more physically active population. It appears as if there will be no stopping companies that manufacture hernia repair mesh medical devices despite Ethicon Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, recalling Physiomesh in response to hundreds of complaints.

On May 25, 2016, Ethicon issued a voluntary market withdrawal of Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh in response to the company's Medical Safety Team review. Unpublished data in two European medical complaint registries, Herniamed German Registry, and Danish Hernia Database- DHDB indicated that the device failed in an unacceptably high number of patients. These patients required a second and sometimes a third revision surgery to repair an original hernia and to locate and remove pieces of the broken device.

Physicians urge patients to undergo laparoscopic hernia repair surgery using the logic that a hernia will only get worse and never repair itself. Doctors also advise their patients that in some cases a hernia can become strangulated, cutting off the blood supply to the tissues, and causing more severe problems that could require emergency surgery. warns that a strangulated hernia can cause permanent damage or even death. "Call your doctor right away if you have a fever or nausea, sudden pain that gets worse, or a hernia that turns red, purple, or dark. You'll need emergency surgery." In the best case scenario, a hernia sufferer that leaves their hernia unrepaired will face being unable to perform a strenuous physical activity and be limited to a more sedentary lifestyle in contrast to the activities that probably caused a hernia in the first place.

The Ethicon Physiomesh hernia repair device has been shown to shrink, buckle and degrade due to the incompatibility of polypropylene, the device's core component, with human tissue. Studies verified in the National Institute of health have determined that polypropylene is rejected, degrades and weakens when attacked by the body's natural immune response mechanisms.

The typical umbilical hernia repair surgery can cost between $5000 and $10,000 for patients without insurance. Multiply this number by the number of revision surgeries needed to repair and replace the malfunctioning Physiomesh. Ethicon Physiomesh failure and the resultant revision surgeries have prompted many to consult a Physiomesh hernia attorney to see if they qualify to file a claim against Johnson & Johnson for reimbursement of their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Federal courts have decided that Physiomesh lawsuits merit going forward and the first bellwether Physiomesh lawsuit is scheduled for September of 2019. A can advise sufferers to join others and combine their complaints in multi-district litigation so as to streamline evidentiary and discovery processes.

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