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Physiomesh Can Degrade and Break Into Pieces During Attempted Revision Surgeries

Trying to remove Physiomesh can have painful and potentially life-threatening consequences

Friday, September 28, 2018 - Ethicon pulled Physiomesh from the market two years ago when the company issued a worldwide market withdrawal. The recall was due to an abnormally high number of complaints made to Herniamed, a German hernia complaint registry. Physiomesh hernia mesh patients have required revision surgery to remove the device. Physiomesh is attacked by the body's natural immune system and becomes so weak that it can break apart into several pieces when a doctor attempts to retrieve it leaving dangerous fragment behind. Not only are these fragments potentially toxic, but they also pose the risk of slicing into the intestines.

Such a situation occurred recently to a Tennesee man who has filed a lawsuit against Ethicon alleging that Physiomesh hernia repair mesh malfunctioned causing serious injuries. The plaintiff has had to undergo revision surgery to remove the defective Physiomesh that was used to reinforce the plaintiff's original incarcerated ventral incisional hernia. Although the majority of hernias are benign, an incarcerated hernia is one of the few hernias serious enough to potentially require emergency surgery. According to "an incisional hernias because (forms) at the healed site of past surgical incisions. ... In a strangulated ventral hernia, the intestinal tissue gets tightly caught within an opening in your abdominal wall. This tissue can't be pushed back into your abdominal cavity, and its blood flow is cut off." Physiomesh was degraded by the body's natural immune response system which attacks foreign objects inside the body. Physiomesh is made from polypropylene, a plastic that has been proven to be organically incompatible with human tissue. Physiomesh painfully shrinks, buckles, and pulls away from around a hernia allowing the device to migrate freely wherever gravity takes it, usually the lower intestines. Physiomesh migration can cause an original hernia to rupture once again and can also puncture the small intestine. The plaintiff was forced to undergo a third surgery to attempt to retrieve pieces broken pieces of the device left behind from the revision surgery. If any pieces of Physiomesh are left behind and make their way to the small intestines they can cause life-threatening blockages. Diarrhea, constipation, and bloating are all signs that something is wrong and that pieces of Physiomesh may have been left behind. It may be necessary to have surgery to remove a section of the small intestines in order to retrieve the fragmented Physiomesh.

Patients injured by the defective Physiomesh are urged to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced Physiomesh hernia repair attorney to see if they qualify to file a claim against Ethicon and their parent company Johnson & Johnson. Ethicon Physiomesh was rushed to market using the flawed FDA 501 (k) fast-track approval process that allows a device to be sold as long as it is substantially similar to another one already approved regardless as to whether or not that device has failed and been recalled. Ethicon is famous for the malfunctioning transvaginal mesh that has caused pain and suffering in thousands of women leaving many of them permanently incontinent.

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