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Herniamed Registry Data Convinced Ethicon to Pull Physiomesh

Herniamed, an internet-based registry for outcome research of hernia surgeries, cites a high percentage of Physiomesh revision surgeries

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - When profit-driven executives at Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) take the first step to "permanently" recall one of their best-selling medical devices, chances are high something is about to go very wrong. In May of 2016, JNJ subsidiary Ethicon Inc., voluntarily removed their best selling hernia repair product, Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh from the worldwide market due to a higher than the acceptable number of necessary revision surgeries. The scientific group responsible for the study was the German hernia registry, Herniamed. Herniamed found that a higher than expected rate of Physiomesh patients reported extreme pain that required revision surgery. The National Institute of Health cited Herniamed's finding that the "the recurrence rate of chronic inguinal hernia pain requiring surgery to be greater than 10% of Physiomesh patients." Prior to electing to have revision surgery, Physiomesh patients experienced chronic, recurring pain, infections, inflammation, and the recurrence of their hernia.

The National Institute of Health has also conducted animal research and found that polypropylene corrodes rapidly when placed inside an animal. "New Zealand White female breeder rabbits were implanted with polypropylene mesh, ADSC-fixed polypropylene mesh in the abdomen. After 4 weeks, adhesion was performed and the erosion of the mesh was evaluated. It was found that polypropylene mesh, ADSC-fixed polypropylene mesh all had different degrees of corrosion and adhesion, but polypropylene mesh was more corroded." These findings are significant in that a major component of Ethicon Physiomesh is polypropylene, the same material as in the studies above that has proven to break down. While Ethicon cites multifactorial reasons for Physiomesh failures scientists suspect that polypropylene corrodes when placed within the human body and can cause Physiomesh to shrink and crumple, and pull free from the hernia repair site, migrate and cause intestinal blockages.

It makes perfect sense to suspect that polypropylene's corrosion is the reason for pulling Physiomesh from the market. Ethicon gave no specific reason for the recall but such drastic action as pulling the product permanently leads one to believe that not only does the company know what the problem is, but also that the problem is unfixable. According to the company's website, Physiomesh is in fact, "a nonabsorbent, macroporous polypropylene mesh laminated between 2 polyglecaprone-25 films."

Physiomesh patients that have required revision surgery to find and remove the device and to repair or remove the organ it has damaged are hiring knowledgeable Physiomesh attorneys to sue Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson for failing to adequately test the medical device before bringing it to market. Polypropylene-based Ethicon Physiomesh has been proven to shrink, buckle, and detached from its intended position over a hernia and travel to travel to other parts of the body and cause serious problems. Claims against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson have been consolidated into multi-district litigation and the first Physiomesh trial is scheduled to start in September of 2019.

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