Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits: Hernia Mesh Complications

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits: Hernia Mesh Complications 2018-08-14T09:27:35+00:00
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Recalled in 2016, Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh is associated with a high risk for hernia recurrence and re-operation. Our attorneys are now accepting cases on behalf of Physiomesh patients who developed severe complications:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Hernia Recurrence
  • Revision Procedures

Contact our experienced mesh attorneys today to learn about your legal options.

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Recalled in 2016, Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh is associated with a high risk for hernia recurrence and re-operation. Our attorneys are now accepting cases on behalf of Physiomesh patients who developed severe complications:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Hernia Recurrence
  • Revision Procedures

Contact our experienced mesh attorneys today to learn about your legal options.

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(866) 623-9135

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Nearly 600 injured patients have filed product liability lawsuits against Ethicon, blaming the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary's Physiomesh hernia mesh products for severe complications.

Physiomesh Lawsuits Call Hernia Patch "Defective"

In their claims, former Physiomesh patients and their families say the mesh implant, designed to reinforce muscle walls weakened by a hernia, is marred by serious design defects. Ethicon, the product's manufacturer, recalled Physiomesh Composite models in 2016. Hundreds of plaintiffs accuse the company of failing to warn the public adequately.

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Similar allegations have surfaced in regard to Ethicon's line of Prolene mesh products, including Prolene 3D and the Prolene Hernia System (PHS), which are designed to treat hernias, but also pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Ethicon Hernia Mesh Recall In 2016

In 2016, Ethicon issued a voluntary recall for Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh products. Sending an "Urgent Safety Field Notice" to doctors around the globe, Ethicon instructed physicians to quarantine their existing stock and stop using the patches immediately.

Studies Find High Rate Of Recurrence, Reoperation

An independent analysis of unpublished scientific data, Ethicon wrote, had found that people who received Physiomesh patches through laparoscopic (non-invasive) surgery were more likely to suffer a hernia recurrence and undergo revision procedures than patients who received competitor mesh products.

The company didn't provide much detail on what was causing the problem, saying it probably came down to a "multifactorial issue." Without a clear understanding of the cause, Ethicon continued, there was no way to provide surgeons with clear guidance on how to reduce the risks for hernia recurrence and re-operation.

The company had no choice, the recall notice concluded, but to withdraw the product from the global market. The recall didn't involve another Ethicon product line sold under the Physiomesh name, the company's Physiomesh Open flexible composite mesh.

Hundreds Of Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Filed

That's the story as it was told by Ethicon. In their lawsuits, hundreds of plaintiffs, many of whom have suffered severe forms of complication, incurring vast amounts of medical debt, present a very different narrative.

The key claim in each of these suits is that the Physiomesh Composite mesh patch is defective. It was defective from the start, plaintiffs say, and it remains defective. The problem, patients allege, comes down to a question of materials.

Is Poor Design Behind Mesh Risks?

The Physiomesh patch features a unique design composed of five separate layers. A bare mesh of polypropylene, a synthetic plastic, is coated in two layers of polydioxanone film, another synthetic polymer, which in turn are coated in two layers of polyglecaprone-25, or Monocryl, a proprietary fiber trademarked by Ethicon.

According to its manufacturer, Physiomesh's "innovative" design would reduce painful complications of traditional hernia repair products, decreasing the likelihood of adhesion and inflammation. Moreover, Ethicon claimed, the combination of materials would help the patch absorb into a patient's body tissues, in turn reducing the risk of migration.

Patients Describe Horrific Physiomesh Complications

In reality, Ethicon's design did the opposite, plaintiffs claim. The mesh's multi-layer coating actually inhibited the absorption process, leaving the patch whole for long periods of time and contributing to aggressive inflammatory reactions.

When attached to body tissues, the patients continue, the patch becomes impermeable to water, forcing fluid to build up and ultimately leading to infections and abscesses.

Mesh Materials Are Toxic, Plaintiffs Say

To compound these problems, the lawsuits claim, the device's materials are toxic to human cells, a fact that explains why so many Physiomesh patients have reported lingering infections, poor wound healing and extensive inflammation.

The issues don't stop there, though. Plaintiffs go on to explain how the mesh patch's outer layers of synthetic polymer degrade over time, leaving behind a simple sheet of polypropylene, "exposed to the adjoining tissue and viscera." The bare plastic can adhere (stick) to other vital organs, leading to what doctors call "adhesions," as scar tissue builds up and disrupts bodily functions.

Adhesions & Fistula

Adhesions, in turn, increase the risk for fistula, in which an abnormal passageway is "drilled" between two organs that aren't normally connected. And, needless to say, all of these alleged design problems make the Physiomesh Composite patch a very ineffective way of closing up hernias.

In the end, the plaintiffs allege, Physiomesh led to severe complications, hernia recurrence and extensive surgical repairs because of, not despite, Ethicon's design.

Physiomesh Claims Consolidated In Georgia

More than 500 injured patients have echoed these same allegations in product liability lawsuits of their own. And, while the claims began scattered across federal courts in numerous jurisdictions, they've now been brought together, through a process known as Multi-District Litigation. Noting the distinct similarities between the Physiomesh lawsuits, the US Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation decided to consolidate the claims in June 2017.

Soon, the lawsuits were being transferred to a single court, the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In Atlanta, the federal lawsuits have moved through important phases of the pre-trial process together. This form of centralization allows the plaintiffs, along with Ethicon and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, to pursue their sides of the dispute more efficiently.

Is MDL The Same As Class Action?

No.

Multi-District Litigation, or MDL, isn't the same as class action litigation. In a class action, one or more "representative" plaintiffs file a lawsuit, but they do on behalf of similarly-affected individuals. Those "class members," though, need not have any idea that a lawsuit has been filed and many, even in the event of a successful verdict or settlement, will never see any money.

MDL allows each plaintiff to retain complete control over their own individual lawsuit. The cases are simply grouped together for coordinated proceedings.

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Did you or a loved one undergo a revision procedure after suffering Physiomesh complications? Our dedicated product liability attorneys want to help. You may able to file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue significant financial damages, including compensation to cover your past and future medical expenses. To learn more about your options, call our lawyers or fill out our contact form today to receive a free consultation.

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