Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits
Ethicon has voluntarily recalled the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh hernia patch after studies found higher rates of hernias re-opening (called “recurrence”) and additional surgery compared to similar products. Ethicon believes the issue to be a multifactorial issue but as of yet has not been able to characterize the exact cause of the product’s defect. The company states that they will not be returning the Physiomesh to the global market.
Many patients implanted with the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh hernia patch have undergone additional surgery and experienced a variety of side effects including:
- Hernia recurrence
- Adhesion (scar-like tissue that sticks tissue together)
- Intestinal blockage
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage (contraction)
If you or someone you love were among those who experienced hernia recurrence or additional surgery as a result of their defective Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be eligible for compensation. The Olinde Firm is investigating Ethicon Physiomesh cases. Contact The Olinde Firm immediately for a free, confidential case evaluation using the form on the side or by calling toll free at 800-587-1889. Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits are being evaluated on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless a recovery is obtained.
Ethicon Physiomesh is used to repair ventral and inguinal hernias, a bulge of tissues through an opening, or defect, within the abdominal wall muscles. It can occur at any location on the abdominal wall. Many are called incisional hernias because they often form at the healed site of past surgical incisions where the skin has become weak or thin. Ventral hernias can occur from weeks to years after a surgery. Small ones can be repaired with simple stitching but large and complex hernias often require major reconstructive surgery on the abdominal wall.
The Ethicon Physiomesh design utilizes polypropylene to manufacture the base layer of the Physiomesh. Polypropylene is the same material that Ethicon utilized to make their transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Ethicon has faced thousands of lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh and bladder slings made from polypropylene. Ethicon added an absorbable film coating to each side of the polypropylene to create the Physiomesh. It appears likely that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the risks associated with these products long before they were removed from the market, and placed their desire for profits before consumer safety by failing to promptly issue an Ethicon Physiomesh recall in a timely manner.
Physiomesh FDA Approval
Physiomesh was approved for market in the United States in April 2010. The FDA approved it with a 510(k) application, allowing it on the market without new safety studies by claiming it was similar to other types of hernia mesh on the market such as the Proceed hernia patch, which is also manufactured by Ethicon. This allowed Ethicon Physiomesh to skip rigorous pre-market research and studies.
Please contact your doctor first if you aware that you have been implanted with the recalled Ethicon Physiomesh. Then contact The Olinde Firm immediately for a confidential case evaluation from a law firm who has recently resolved mesh cases with Ethicon. As attorneys, we are not qualified to provide you with medical care concerning your recalled mesh. Likewise, your doctor is simply not qualified to offer you legal advice regarding this matter. This recall creates important legal deadlines that may impact your right to compensation. Even if you have not yet developed problems with your recalled mesh, act now.