Farris, Riley & Pitt Evaluating Cases: Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Recall
Our firm is evaluating cases for injuries suffered by people who received the Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh (Ethicon Physiomesh) Hernia Mesh as part of a procedure to surgically treat a hernia. Hernia mesh is a medical implant that doctors use to assist in the surgical repair of a hernia. A hernia injury occurs when an organ such as the intestines, protrudes through a hole or weak spot in the muscle or tissue that contains it. Once a hernia occurs, the rate of recurrence, even after surgery to repair it, is quite high. It is not unusual for the “fixed” hole to re-open.
Doctors often use a patch or plug made of hernia mesh to re-enforce the closure and, allegedly, decrease the likelihood of another hernia. During recent years, as the use of hernia mesh has become more popular and competing manufacturers continue to aggressively market their products, reports of serious side effects and dangerous complications have become commonplace.
Ethicon Physiomesh is one of the more controversial brands of hernia mesh manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It consists of a synthetic material called polypropylene that is woven into a mesh-like flexible device. This particular implant also contains two layers coated with Monocryl (poliglecaprone-25) intended to prevent inflammation and adhesion and facilitate healing.
Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh has Side Effects
Using an Ethicon Physiomesh implant to help repair a hernia has been shown to have dangerous and even life-threatening side effects. They include:
- Severe pain
- Chronic pain
- Hernia recurrence
- Intestinal blockage
- Bowel perforation and leakage
- Mesh failure
- Surgery to remove device
- Surgery to treat perforation, blockage, infection
Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Recall
On May 25, 2016, Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson issued a global recall of Ethicon Physiomesh after the manufacturer’s internal safety team recommended such action after a data analysis. The team looked at two large studies conducted in Europe that indicated ventral hernias repaired laparoscopically using Ethicon Physiomesh had a higher than average rate of recurrence and reoperation compared with other hernia mesh products.
Ethicon announced the recall in an urgent field safety notice to medical practitioners citing the recommendation of the team and the studies. Although the manufacturer has yet to determine the exact cause of the product defect, it remains off the market.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refers to the recall as a “market withdrawal” which means that the FDA does not intend to take legal action against the manufacturer.
Johnson & Johnson recalled a wide range of Ethicon Physiomesh products, including:
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1015V
- Dimensions: 10cm x 15cm Ethicon
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY2535V
- Dimensions: 25cm x 35cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1520V
- Dimensions: 15cm x 20cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY2025V
- Dimensions: 20cm x 25cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1515Q
- Dimensions: 15cm x 15cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1520R
- Dimensions: 15cm x 20cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY2030R
- Dimensions: 20cm x 30cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY3035R
- Dimensions: 30cm x 35cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY3050R –
- Dimensions: 30cm x 50cm
- Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh PHY0715R
- Dimensions: 7.5cm x 15cm
Ethicon Physiomesh Litigation is Ongoing
Farris, Riley & Pitt class action attorneys are currently reviewing cases for Ethicon Physiomesh litigation in all 50 states. Although Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson recalled the product, thousands of victims remain out there who have suffered injuries because of this dangerous medical implant. Some have come forward to file lawsuits and those who have, have experienced significant pain and expense due to the negligence of Ethicon.
Allegations in the lawsuits currently filed include failure to adequately warn of the risks and dangers of Ethicon Physiomesh such as its ability to perforate nearby organs or increase the likelihood of another hernia. Other allegations include Ethicon’s failure to adequately research and test the implant before marketing and selling it. Like many dangerous medical device and product liability cases, there are also allegations of design defects and failure to utilize safer alternatives.
If you or someone you know has had hernia surgery involving Ethicon Physiomesh you may still be in danger. Are you in pain? Did you have an infection? Do you require additional surgery? Has your hernia reappeared? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consider speaking with someone at Farris, Riley & Pitt. Our attorneys offer personal and professional guidance to those hurt by dangerous medical devices including hernia mesh and Ethicon Physiomesh.
Call us at 1-888-580-5176 for a free case evaluation. We are reviewing Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits on an individual basis, and your consultation does not obligate you in any way. Call us today and learn more about your right to recover compensation after you receive a hernia mesh injury.