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Thousands of Physiomesh Patients Are Left With Constant Pain

Instead of relatively straightforward hernia repair surgery, Physiomesh patients are left suffering from chronic pain, infections, abdominal weakness, and tissue damage requiring revision surgery

Friday, June 22, 2018 - The Ethicon Physiomesh hernia repair screen is designed to be placed over the site of the hernia repair for reinforcement and support. The device is designed to create sufficient inflammation in the underlying tissues for scar tissue to form and hold the device permanently in place. The problem Physiomesh patient face is that because the device is made from polypropylene, the device tends to degrade, weaken, and separate from a hernia where it is then free to wander almost anywhere in the abdominal cavity. Gravity being when it is, most nomadic Physiomesh devices tend to wind up down in the intestines where it can cause perforations and blockages.

Doctors specializing in traditional hernia surgery have had to become experts in Physiomesh revision surgery and have performed hundreds of Physiomesh removals. Most surgeons have shunned using the device and stick with traditional hernia repair techniques. These same physicians point out that the failure rate may be as high as 20% of all Ethicon Physiomesh patients.

Thousands of patients that suffer from the pain and discomfort of Physiomesh have hired Physiomesh hernia attorneys and filed suit against Ethicon and their parent company Johnson & Johnson claiming that not only did Johnson & Johnson rush a faulty medical device to market but also that the company was aware Physiomesh had a high rate of necessary revision surgeries when compared with other devices already on the market. If you or a loved one is suffering from abdominal pain and weakness having had a Physiomesh hernia repair procedure, you should talk with a Physiomesh hernia attorney and see if you qualify to file a claim to seek the compensation you deserve.

Gerald Payne is one of the many who has filed a hernia mesh lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson. The Idaho man was one of the first Physiomesh laparoscopic patients. Mr. Payne experienced severe pain and abdominal weakness for seven years after his original hernia and was forced to undergo a second surgery. Doctors performing the surgery found that the device had deteriorated, broken free from the site of a hernia, and had migrated to the intestines causing a dangerous and painful blockage.

Physiomesh Composite patches resemble a cut out from a screen door. The patches are made with non-absorbable polypropylene (plastic) filaments and an absorbable film coating. Rather than reducing inflammation, the product actually causes bacteria to develop and doctors removing the device have found that Physiomesh shrinks, crumples, and deteriorates over time as the body's natural immune system attacks the infection. Instead of the routine, simple, and relatively straightforward hernia repair experience, patients are left suffering from chronic pain, infections, abdominal weakness, and potential tissue damage of other organs.

Ethicon Physiomesh was voluntarily withdrawn from the global hernia repair marketplace in May of 2016 without intent to correct the problem and reenter the market.

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