An Arkansas woman who claims she was injured after undergoing hernia repair surgery with the Physiomesh patch has filed a products liability lawsuit against Ethicon Inc.
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What’s the Problem?
September 6, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff was implanted with Ethicon Physiomesh in June 2011, with her surgeon choosing the device specifically to help support stretched and misplaced tendons. Plaintiff states that soon after receiving Physiomesh, she developed a severe adverse reaction, and was forced to undergo additional procedures due to complications from the hernia mesh.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, but was subsequently transferred to the Northern District of Georgia, where the Physiomesh multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2728) is undergoing pretrial handling.
There are currently about 100 Physiomesh lawsuits pending in the MDL, with all plaintiffs making similar allegations that the hernia mesh was defectively manufactured with a “5-layer” design, which is inferior to competing products.
Physiomesh features 2 outer layers of “Monocryl” film with 2 underlying layers of polydioxanone film. In the middle is the actual polypropylene mesh. The monocryl layers were designed to prevent adhesion and inflammation, and help the mesh incorporate into the body.
However, plaintiffs claim the multi-layer coating works to prevent fluid escape, which may cause the formation of seromas (pockets of fluid). These, in turn, result in the accumulation of bacteria, increasing the risk of infection. The layers also have been found to prevent incorporation into the body, resulting in migration and tissue damage, as well as improper healing of the hernia, according to the lawsuits.
Ethicon in May 2016 issued an urgent field safety notice warning healthcare providers and hospitals that Physiomesh had been linked to higher recurrence and reoperation rates after laparoscopic placement compared to similar products. They advised doctors to avoid using Physiomesh patches and to return them to the company.
Do I Have a Physiomesh 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 Physiomesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new hernia patch failure cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems after hernia repair surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.