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Polypropylene in Physiomesh Causes Device Failure

The polypropylene found in Ethicon's Physiomesh is the likely reason so many fail and have to be surgically removed

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Product liability lawsuits have a way of bringing out the truth and alert the public about a defective product when medical device companies fail to do so. Large multi-billion dollar companies often rush a potentially lucrative product to market in order to maximize profits. Accountants and lawyers at these conglomerates often consider paying out lawsuit judgments as merely the legal costs of doing business to be factored into the cost of the product. Because Physiomesh was substantially similar in design to other products in its market category, the FDA fast-tracked the approval process and allowed the device to be sold to the public. The Ethicon Physiomesh was not held to the same high level of public safety scrutiny as the other hernia repair devices. Ethicon was able to push through a product made of "polypropylene" a material that has been shown to quickly break down once in the body, weakening the hernia support mesh, causing bacterial infections, and all of the related sides effects. Once the polypropylene in the Physiomesh starts to break down it can also migrate to other parts of the body and puncture vital organs.

The Ethicon Physiomesh is designed to sit directly on the site of a hernia on the abdominal wall and reinforce the area. Rather than finding the relief promised after hernia surgery patients report even more severe pain than before, nausea, chills, swelling and redness, all signs that an infection has developed. The device has been shown to cause abscesses and other deadly complications.

When post-surgical pain becomes unbearable, a high percentage of Physiomesh patients have elected to have a second, revision surgery to re-open up the abdomen, remove the Physiomesh, and repair their hernia using traditional methods. So many patients have opted to have their Physiomesh removed that the FDA stepped in and recommended that Ethicon pull the product from the market. The company complied. Open hernia surgery requires general anesthesia and carries all of the risks including death.

Patients that have had the Ethicon Physiomesh implanted have reported serious injuries caused by the device and can hire a Physiomesh lawsuit attorney to sue Ethicon and its parent company Johnson & Johnson for monetary compensation. Most of the patients forced to have a second and even a third hernia surgery are electing to sue Ethicon for reimbursement of their medical expenses, lost income from being unable to return to work, pain and suffering and mental distress.

If you or a loved one has had a hernia repaired using the Ethicon Physiomesh and are experiencing, pain and swelling at the site of a hernia, obstructions of the bowels, or bacterial or other infections, of the following post-operative symptoms, something is wrong. You may need emergency follow-up surgery and you should seek immediate medical attention. Infections caused by the breakdown of polypropylene component of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite can rapidly migrate through the bloodstream and cause death. It is important to contact the Ethicon Physiomesh attorneys for a free consultation and advise.

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