Physiomesh Lawsuits Filed After Ethicon Inc. Voluntarily Withdrew Its Flexible Hernia Mesh After Analysis Showed High Failure Rates.
The high failure rate of Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is prompting physiomesh lawsuits to be filed around the country alleging serious injuries from the hernia mesh product. The latest Physiomesh complaint was filed on behalf of a Massachusetts man who alleges suffering permanent injuries and significant pain from failure of the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. (Case No. 1:16-cv-12278, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts) Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, voluntarily withdrew its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh from the global market after the company discovered higher failure rates and hernia revision surgeries associated with the product.
According to the Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit filed November 12 in the Massachusetts federal court, the plaintiff underwent a parastomal hernia repair in April 2013 which involved implanting a 15×20 cm Physiomesh. In November 2013, the plaintiff returned to the hospital after recurrence of his parastomal hernia which contained loops of small bowel. In March 2016, the plaintiff went back to the hospital for the recurring parastomal hernia and there were “several loops of small bowel contained within the hernia, with dense adhesions between the loops of bowel,” the complaint said. Another procedure was required to reduce them, and following this procedure, the plaintiff developed yet another hernia at the implant site. The plaintiff is currently “awaiting consultation to determine whether further surgery is feasible,” the complaint said. The Physiomesh lawsuit contends the hernia mesh was defective in design and Ethicon knew or should have known the product was not safe and could cause serious medical problems. (Physiomesh Lawsuits Case No. 1:16-cv-12278, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts)
“The Physiomesh lawsuits being filed commonly allege that the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is adding serious complications to hernia repair,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.
Dr. Blaudeau and the attorneys at Southern Med Law have spoken to many clients from around the country who believe they have been injured by Ethicon’s hernia mesh. The firm continues to offer no-obligation legal evaluations on cases of hernia mesh failure. Patients who believe they have suffered serious hernia mesh injuries may be entitled to compensation from Ethicon. To speak with one of the firms attorneys regarding Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits you can call 1-205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com for further information or to fill out an online contact form.
The Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is used in minimally invasive ventral hernia repair. Hernias have a high rate of recurrence and surgical mesh is often used to strengthen the hernia repair and reduce the rate of recurrence. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), complications can occur when surgical mesh is used in hernia repair. Among the most common problems reported to the FDA following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/HerniaSurgicalMesh/default.htm, FDA, April 7, 2016]
In May, Ethicon sent a letter to healthcare providers announcing its withdrawal of the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. The company said it had reviewed unpublished data from German and Danish hernia registries. The data indicated recurrence and reoperation rates after a minimally invasive ventral hernia repair using Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh were higher than rates of comparable meshes. Ethicon said it was withdrawing the product since it could not provide further instructions to surgeons on how to reduce the recurrence rate.
About Southern Med Law And Filing An Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Southern Med Law is led by attorney Dr. François Blaudeau who is also a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist. Dr. Blaudeau is determined to stop large manufacturers of personal health products and medical devices from injuring more people. The legal staff at Southern Med Law is an experienced group of attorneys who have successfully taken on Ethicon in many defect medical device lawsuits. The attorney possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions involved in product liability and personal injury claims. They are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal representation that assures success.
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