Physiomesh is a medical device produced by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. The mesh is used in open ventral hernia surgeries and is advertised as a revolutionary improvement on its predecessors in hernia repair technology. Despite significant success for patients regardless of sex, age, and other risk factors, Physiomesh has also shown to be dangerous to some patients whose doctors used the device in their hernia repair surgery. In these unfortunate cases, the postoperative risks for Physiomesh patients have included recurrent hernias, as well as obstructions of the bowels, infections, and other problems. If you have been hurt because of Physiomesh, please call one of our North Carolina and South Carolina product injury lawyers today.
Physiomesh is made from polypropylene, a nontoxic plastic used in manufacturing and many consumer goods. The mesh is stacked between two layers of different surgical polymers and fixed in hernia patients, helping to stabilize the stretched tissues surrounding a hernia bulge. The polypropylene mesh is not itself absorbable, but the polymer layers surrounding the mesh are designed to help the surgical site heal more quickly and easily. This design was supposed to be a basic upgrade from pre-existing Ethicon product lines for hernia repair meshes, and Ethicon used the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) fast-track product approval process to get Physiomesh on the market with great speed. This process, called the 501(k) approval program, only requires that medical device manufacturers prove that new products are sufficiently similar to older, FDA-approved technologies. Unfortunately, some people have suffered terrible injuries because of Physiomesh. If you are one of those people, it won’t cost you a thing to talk to our North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury lawyers about your case. We can help protect your rights and get you the benefits to which you may be entitled.
The FDA’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database now lists many cases of failed Physiomesh implantation, with serious adhesion issues occurring in many patients. In one extreme case, a patient’s Physiomesh migrated to their small intestine, and not only was an additional hernia repair surgery necessary but part of the small intestine had to be removed to save the patient’s life. Physiomesh has also failed to incorporate into patients’ bodies, caused major inflammation, and folded/bunched up at the site of installation.
No one goes into surgery, especially for a painful and difficult hernia situation, with plans for more operations than they need. Our injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson, are accepting cases against Ethicon and its parent corporation, Johnson and Johnson, for negligence, failure to adequately disclose device risks, and poor product testing. In some cases, Ethicon is also being sued for false advertising, and for marketing the product despite knowledge of its flaws. We have the experience, knowledge and national relationships needed to challenge companies like Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon.
In cases against corporations with the legal strength of Ethicon and J&J, injured patients are advised not to go it alone in seeking the damages to which they may be entitled because of their Physiomesh injury. Without the advice and representation of an experienced product injury attorney, victims may make mistakes that could erode their legal rights and potential financial payout. The stakes are too high to self-represent in a case involving a recalled medical device like the Ethicon Physiomesh.