Recently, a Georgia Ethicon Physiomesh hernia failure lawsuit was filed by Connie Franklin, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
According to Franklin, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world largest pharmaceutical and medical device maker and Ethicon its subsidiary, sold a defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous hernia repair device.
In her Georgia Ethicon Physiomesh hernia lawsuit, Franklin notes that an Ethicon Physiomesh plastic device was implanted in her to repair an abdominal incisional hernia. Franklin had to undergo surgery in 2016 for hernia recurrence after she developed severe pain, nausea and vomiting.
Her surgeons found that the Ethicon hernia mesh had failed catastrophically; there was a significant rupture or tearing of the hernia mesh which allowed her intestines to poke through the device causing serious injuries.
Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Failure Lawsuits Increase
Many lawsuits blame Ethicon Physiomesh meshes for causing abdominal infections, serious pain, bowel perforation and device failure leading to repeated risky surgery.
Florida Ethicon Physiomesh Injury, Infection Lawsuit
Sarah Gilman, from Florida filed a personal injury and defective product liability claim against J&J and Ethicon. Gilman blames her severe complications on her Physiomesh hernia surgery which resulted in the plastic mesh engulfing her internal organs and had to be removed.
Gilman filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, claiming that the Ethicon Physiomesh was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous for hernia repair.
Gilman received Physiomesh Composite mesh in 2016, via a laparoscopic procedure to fix a ventral abdominal hernia. Within several months she developed serious complications including the recurrence of the hernia and debilitating pain from mesh adhesions to other vital organs.
What is Ethicon Physiomesh?
Ethicon uses plastic or polypropylene to make the base layer of the Physiomesh. The Physiomesh device is used for laparoscopic ventral (abdominal) and inguinal (groin) hernia repair.
Physiomesh has been on the market in the United States since 2010. The FDA approved it with a 510(k) application, which allowed it on the market without new safety studies because it was “similar” to other types of hernia mesh on the market.
Polypropylene is the same material that Ethicon used to make their transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Ethicon is exposed to thousands of lawsuits over its polypropylene transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Ethicon added an absorbable film coating to each side of the polypropylene to create the Physiomesh.
Ethicon Physiomesh Device Voluntary Withdrawal
An Ethicon Physiomesh recall was issued by the manufacturer in several countries in 2016, due to a higher-than-expected rate of complications resulting in recurrent hernia and revision surgery.
Ethicon Inc., stopped selling all Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh worldwide after a large study found a possible safety risk for patients. Ethicon recalled Physiomesh in Europe and Australia, but the same action was called a “market withdrawal” in the U.S.
According to an Urgent Field Safety Notice to surgeons in May 2016, Ethicon recalled Physiomesh after analyzing unpublished data from two large independent hernia registries in Germany and Denmark. The studies showed Physiomesh had higher rates of hernia recurrence and needing another surgery compared to similar types of hernia mesh for laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs.
Our law firm continues to investigate Ethicon Physiomesh personal injury claims from across the country. If you or a loved have been injured by Ethicon Physiomesh, including perforation, pain, infections and re-do surgery, please contact our office immediately for your free consultation.