The Ethicon Physiomesh hernia patch was withdrawn globally in May 2016 after being linked to high failure rates and the frequent need for revision surgery. A recall has also been issued for the Atrium C-QUR Hernia Patch over similar concerns.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered complications after receiving Physiomesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Ethicon and our lawyers can help.
Update: Texas Couple Sues Ethicon Over Physiomesh Complications
June 23, 2017 – A married couple from Texas has filed a products liability lawsuit against J&J’s Ethicon division over injuries alleged from the company’s Physiomesh hernia patch. Plaintiff underwent hernia repair surgery with a Physiomesh patch in September 2013, and less than a year later ended up back in the hospital to treat complications from the hernia patch. The surgeon who operated on the patient allegedly found “numerous balled-up, rolled-up, and incorporated [Physio]mesh,” all of which had to be taken out “with difficulty using cautery and sharp dissection,” according to the lawsuit.
What’s the Problem?
Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh entered the U.S. market in 2010 via the FDA’s 510(k) approval process, which clears products that are “substantially equivalent” to products that are already on the market. A number of different types of Physiomesh were introduced to repair hernias and other fascial deficiencies. However, it now appears that the products were defectively designed and/or manufactured, posing an unreasonable risk of severe complications.
Ethicon Physiomesh Withdrawal
In an Urgent Field Notice issued on May 25, 2016, Ethicon warned operating room supervisors, materials management personnel and surgeons not to use Ethicon Physiomesh products after they were linked to high rates of the following complications:
- Abdominal pain
- Hernia recurrence
- Mesh erosion or failure
- Revision surgery to remove hernia patch
Atrium C-QUR Hernia Mesh Recall
In June 2013, Atrium Medical Corp. issued a recall for its C-QUR Edge hernia patch after it was found that coating on the devices could adhere to the inner packaging sleeve because of high humidity. The C-QUR Hernia Patch is coated in fish oil (Omega-3), which is advertised as an “anti-adhesion barrier” to prevent scar-tissues that stick abdominal organs together abnormally during the healing process. However, lawsuits claim that the patch causes inflammation and infections.
Hernia Recurrence After Surgery
Many cases of hernia recurrence after surgery are caused by mesh retraction or contraction, which exposes the previous defect. Retractions can also cause ripping of the mesh at transfascial suture sites, resulting in defects within the mesh. Primary mesh failure, infection, loss of domain and failed retention devices have also been noted in patients who suffered recurrence of ventral hernias.
How Do I Know Which Hernia Patch I Received?
Most patients are unaware of the specific hernia repair device that was used during their surgery, and are often not told about a hernia mesh recall. In fact, doctors have been instructed to treat patients with recalled Ethicon Physiomesh products in the usual manner, and few, if any, have specifically been informed that they have a defective product implanted in their body.
If you had hernia repair surgery but are unsure about the specific device and/or its manufacturer, you should contact your surgeon and/or the facility where your surgery was performed to obtain this information.
How Much Does it Cost to File a Claim?
Our lawyers handle hernia mesh patch lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable outcome in your case. If we determine that you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
First Physiomesh Lawsuit Headed for Trial Jan. 2018
February 24, 2017 – Ethicon Inc. will defend itself in the first Physiomesh hernia patch lawsuit to go to trial next year in the Southern District of Illinois. Plaintiff in the case, Matthew Huff, claims he developed abdominal abscesses and intestinal fistulas after being implanted with Physiomesh in 2013.
Hernia Patch Problems May Occur Years After Surgery, Study Finds
February 11, 2017 – Patients who undergo incisional hernia repair surgery with a mesh patch may have a lower risk for hernia recurrence, but serious problems can occur up to 5 years after the procedure, a new study has found. Complications included bowel obstruction, perforation, bleeding, pain, non-healing wounds, infections, fluid buildup and fistulas (organs fused together).
Do I Have a Hernia Mesh Patch Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hernia mesh patch lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had hernia recurrence or revision surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.