Has your hernia reopened following repair with Physiomesh, a composite mesh hernia patch manufactured by Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Ethicon? Have you had serious health injuries as a result of the use of Physiomesh to repair your hernia? McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorneys can assist with your Physiomesh lawsuit.
For a free consultation with an attorney concerning your injuries from Physiomesh, call 1-800-590-4116.
Surgical mesh has been used for hernia repair since the 1950s. Physiomesh is a medical device introduced to the market in 2010 that is implanted over an opening in the abdominal wall. The device was widely used from 2010 until 2016 in surgeries to repair a ventral or inguinal hernia.
Several plaintiffs have filed produce liability lawsuits alleging that the procedure to repair their hernia with this medical device resulted in substantial injuries. Among the injuries listed in lawsuits are persistent abdominal pain, bowel obstructions, abdominal abscesses, an intestinal fistula and physical deformity from additional repair procedures.
Past Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Ethicon and J&J are not the first cases of a problematic hernia patch. In 2005 through 2007, C.R. Bard recalled the Kugel Hernia Mesh due to possible pain, hernia recurrence, bowel obstruction and other medical issues. Lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard alleged, among other things, that the device was defective and could result in abdominal punctures, fistulas and abcesses. Bard offered a $184 million settlement to resolve patient claims. However, cases continued to come in after the settlement offer due to the subsequent discovery of patient injuries.
Physiomesh Global Recall
J&J recalled Physiomesh in May 2016 from the global market after data from Europe found higher revision rates following minimally invasive hernia repair using the Ethicon flexible composit mesh. The device is believed to have a higher risk of failure in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair then other options.
Ethicon’s voluntary recall of the device did not speculate as to the reason for the failure. There have been allegations that the devices were defectively designed and/or manufactured, resulting in patient harm.
For additional information or to discuss a possible case involving Physiomesh injuries, call our attorneys at 1-800-590-4116.