Complications from Physiomesh used during hernia repair surgery caused a man to suffer painful and debilitating health problems, according to a lawsuit recently filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.
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What’s the Problem?
December 12, 2016 – According to the lawsuit (PDF), Plaintiff David Watring was implanted with a 15×20 cm Ethicon Physiomesh patch to correct a parastomal hernia in April 2013. However, by November 2013 his hernia returned, and doctors found that it contained loops of small bowel, a complication not seen before the first surgery. He was admitted again for recurring parastomal hernia in March 2016.
“There were several loops of small bowel contained within the hernia, with dense adhesions between the loops of the bowel. An extensive amount of time performing adhesiolysis was required in order to reduce them, as well as the adhesions between the fascial defect and the small bowel,” the lawsuit states. “Following this procedure, Plaintiff developed yet another hernia at the implant site of the Physiomesh and is currently awaiting consultation to determine whether further surgery is feasible.”
In May 2016, Ethicon permanently withdrew Physiomesh from the global market after data showed higher than average recurrence and reoperation rates following laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with the products. Although the action was classified by the FDA as a “Market Withdrawal” rather than a Physiomesh recall, Ethicon has required all unexpired products to be returned after failing to identify the cause of the problems or come up with ways surgeons may be able to reduce the recurrence rate.
Watring’s lawsuit alleges that Ethicon knew there were problems with the Physiomesh patch, but the company continued to market the product as a way to maximize profits. The case joins a growing number of similar lawsuits filed in courts across the U.S., each involving plaintiffs who allegedly suffered complications following hernia repair. The first Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit scheduled for trial is set to begin in January 2018.
Do I Have a Physiomesh Lawsuit?
The Class Action 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 complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems following 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.