Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits
Ethicon’s Physiomesh was approved by the FDA in 2010. By 2016, it became clear that the hernia mesh device was unreasonably unsafe. Physiomesh patients have reported severe health issues, including chronic pain and recurrence. Thousands of hernia patients have filed lawsuits to recover compensation for their mesh injuries.
Have you developed health issues after receiving an Ethicon Physiomesh implant? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about your legal rights and options. Our hernia mesh injury lawyers can help you obtain a financial award for your injuries. Your first consultation is free, so call for help today.
Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Device
Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite patch is one of the most widely-used hernia mesh devices in the United States. It’s described as being a “sterile, low profile, flexible composite mesh” that is designed for use in hernia repair procedures.
Composite meshes are dual-sided. Each side of the device has a specific purpose. The anterior, or outside, is designed to encourage strong repair to the abdominal wall. The interior, or side facing the organs, is designed to repel tissue ingrowth. In other words, the outside is sticky and durable, while the inside is slick and smooth.
The Physiomesh Composite patch features a unique design of five separate layers. According to Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the device’s “innovative” design would
- Reduce painful complications of traditional hernia repair products, and
- Decrease the likelihood of adhesion and inflammation.
The company also claimed that utilizing a combination of materials would help the patch absorb into the patient’s body tissues. In turn, this would reduce the risk of migration.
Physiomesh Designed Using Controversial Polypropylene Plastic
Physiomesh is made of a type of plastic called polypropylene. Polypropylene is inexpensive, flexible, and provides an incredibly slick and slippery surface. However, polypropylene isn’t supposed to be used in devices that are permanently implanted into the body.
Ethicon chose to use polypropylene because it wanted to prevent their mesh implants from breaking down after surgery. Many hernia mesh injuries are caused by devices that oxidize and dissolve over time.
However, research now suggests that polypropylene does not solve this issue. Physiomesh patches have been associated with an increased risk of inflammation. Over time, this inflammation causes the mesh device to degrade, dissolve, and oxidize. Thousands of Physiomesh patients have been injured because of this defective design.
Risks and Complications Associated With Physiomesh
Hernia patients have reported many adverse health effects after receiving a Physiomesh implant.
Inflammation: Ethicon claimed that Physiomesh’s design would help the device absorb into the body after implantation. However, studies reveal that the mesh’s multi-layer coating actually inhibits absorption. As a result, the patch remains whole for long periods of time. This contributes to aggressive inflammatory reactions, fluid build-up, infection, and abscesses.
Infection: Physiomesh can migrate and degrade after implantation, increasing the risk of infection.
Adhesion: Adhesions occurs when mesh devices stick to vital organs, causing a painful and debilitating build-up of scar tissue. As scar tissue builds up, the organs are unable to function properly.
Fistula: Adhesions increase the risk for fistula. A fistula occurs when an abnormal passageway is “drilled’ between two organs that aren’t normally connected.
Intestinal Blockage: Adhesions caused by Physiomesh patches can increase the risk of intestinal blockages. Scar tissue builds up over time and prevents the intestines from processing waste and absorbing vital nutrients. Bowel obstructions can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.
Tissue and Organ Perforation: Defective Physiomesh devices can migrate in the body after implantation. When the device moves, it can puncture or tear nearby organs and tissue.
Have you experienced any adverse health issues after receiving Ethicon’s Physiomesh device? Speak with your doctor right away. Early diagnosis of hernia mesh injuries can help to limit dangerous complications.
Studies Reveal High Rate of Hernia Recurrence, Prompt Physiomesh Recall
Ethicon voluntarily recalled its Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh products in 2016. Doctors were instructed to stop using the Physiomesh patches in hernia repair procedures. The recall was issued after two studies revealed that the mesh was associated with a higher than average rate of hernia recurrence.
Recurrence means that the hernia repair failed. In other words, Physiomesh wasn’t doing its job. Patients were not only suffering from their original hernias, but also complications caused by the device. The only way to fix a hernia recurrence is to subject patients to a second surgery. Revision surgery can increase the risk of complications and put hernia patients in harm’s way.
Thousands of Patients Have Filed Physiomesh Injury Lawsuits
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Ethicon for injuries caused by its Physiomesh patch. The device was designed to reinforce muscle walls weakened by a hernia. Former Physiomesh patients claim that their implant has serious design defects. Many of these lawsuits focus on the device’s proprietary 5-layer design and the use of polypropylene.
These defects have caused complications and severe health issues, including:
- Chronic pain
- Adhesions, and
- Hernia recurrence.
Injured Physiomesh patients are demanding compensation for their pain and suffering.
More Than 3,220 Physiomesh Cases Consolidated in Georgia
Medical devices are used by patients all across the country. When a device is defective, it can cause widespread harm. As a result, thousands of patients in different states can sue device manufacturers for their injuries. Many times, the claims and arguments raised in these lawsuits are very similar. When this happens, those cases can be consolidated into what is known as Multidistrict Litigation, or MDLs.
Since 2017, more than 3,223 Physiomesh lawsuits were consolidated into an MDL in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. One federal judge is assigned to oversee all of these Physiomesh cases. As this is not a class action, each plaintiff will have the right to have his or her individual case litigated in this court. The first Physiomesh trial in this MDL is scheduled to begin on June 22, 2020.
The result of one Physiomesh case will not necessarily affect the outcome of another. However, early cases, known as bellwether trials, often help to assess how much the hernia mesh lawsuits may be worth. This can help to accelerate settlement discussions between Ethicon and injured Physiomesh patients.
Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Consolidated in NJ Multi-County Litigation
Ethicon is facing several hernia mesh lawsuits in New Jersey state court. These actions are not exclusive to Physiomesh products. They also include Ethicon’s Proceed hernia mesh patches – specifically, the Proceed Surgical Mesh (Proceed SM) and the Proceed Ventral Patch (Proceed VP).
In 2018, the Supreme Court of New Jersey granted a Request for Multi-County Litigation (“MCL”) Designation for Ethicon Multi-Layered Hernia Mesh. In 2019, an MCL was also established for Ethicon Proceed® Surgical Mesh and Proceed® Ventral Patch Hernia Mesh litigation cases.
In other words, all future hernia mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon filed in state court will be consolidated into an MCL in Atlantic County before Superior Court Judge John C. Porto.
In an MCL, each individual plaintiff reserves the right to have their own day in court and secure their own result, but the overall process will be managed by one single Superior Court judge. As with an MDL, this helps to encourage consistency in results, cut down on costs, and expedite the process.
Get Help With Your Physiomesh Injury Lawsuit
Have you suffered painful or debilitating injuries because of a defective Physiomesh implant? Were you forced to have a second surgery to remove and replace the mesh? If so, you may be entitled to compensation from Ethicon, the company behind your defective mesh device.
Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to discuss your Physiomesh injury lawyer with our experienced legal team. We know that an unexpected hernia mesh injury can be painful and overwhelming. Our goal is to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Call our law firm today for your free case assessment and learn more.