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Hernia Repair Mesh Can Break Into Small Pieces Making Retrieval Impossible

The first trials will begin soon in New Jersey and Georgia, where plaintiffs claim to be injured by a malfunctioning Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Repair Mesh

Monday, March 22, 2021 - Thousands of individuals in the United States have filed suit, and the bellwether trial outcomes could influence future trials. The Physiomesh was recalled in 2016 by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson because an unanticipatedly high number of people in Europe reported having to have revision surgery because of the pain that their hernia mesh was causing. Studies in Europe now indicate that as many as one in three hernia repair mesh patients may have to have the device removed eventually. Some are choosing to have elective hernia repair mesh removal surgery in anticipation of the device failing. Lawsuits are pending in the United States, Europe, and Australia claiming Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson of negligence in selling a medical device that caused personal injury and pain.

A critical element that attorneys are very interested in is the science behind the material from which Physiomesh was manufactured. Hernia repair mesh made from polypropylene plastic may fail because it is incompatible with organic human tissue and could elicit an extreme autoimmune response. Hernia repair mesh can dissolve into a goo-like substance and leach dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals into the bloodstream. Hernia retrieval surgery can also fail, leaving small hernia mesh fragments in the body cavity to wreak havoc. In the US, doctors and hospitals are required to save the hernia repair mesh that they remove, and to send it to a secure medical devices storage facility in Florida to be used as evidence during the trials.

An example of a typical hernia repair mesh failure was brought to light by Ray Gray from Sydney Australia. Mr. Gray's suffered a groin hernia while performing his duties at a packing company. Doctors in 1985 insisted on using a new and improved hernia repair mesh and arthroscopic surgical technique to attempt to repair the injury. According to 9News.AU, the surgery was unsuccessful, and the hernia reopened. This scenario reoccurred seven more times from then to the present day. Mr. Gray claims he can only walk a few meters now without getting tired and that he is in constant bowel pain from a piece of hernia mesh debris left inside him having migrated and lacerated his organ.

Gray described his hernia mesh nightmare to 9News, "None of the operations were successful. I still have a hernia; it's quite large at the moment. I can only walk about 20-30 meters and then I need to sit down I get so sore. All my mesh pieces are still in me and I have got 32 titanium staples in my hip. When I walk I can feel something scrape like sandpaper on my bowel and I am pretty sure that is mesh." Gray also told the news that he knew something was wrong from the get-go. "I just felt like something wasn't right as soon as they put the mesh in. There was this burning pain and it's still there, he said."

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