Update: Ethicon Opposes Physiomesh MDL
April 19, 2017 – As a panel of judges considers whether to centralize all federal Physiomesh lawsuits into a single jurisdiction for pretrial handling, Ethicon argues the claims are too different in their allegations to warrant consolidation.
“Here, individualized issues for each plaintiff will eclipse any purported common ones, making an MDL ineffective at narrowing claims and issues,” Ethicon stated in response to a motion by plaintiffs to centralize the complaints. “Although Plaintiffs may point to hernia recurrence as the common injury that binds these cases together, a closer look at the complaints shows a wide variety of alleged injuries, such as abdominal abscesses and intestinal fistula, bowel puncture, erosion and bowel resection, bowel adhesions, fistula and infection, and recurrent inguinal hernia.”
Has Physiomesh Been Recalled?
Physiomesh has been recalled in Europe and Australia. In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit withdrew its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh in the U.S. after an independent analysis of 2 large studies in Germany and Denmark found a higher risk of hernia recurrence and reoperation after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with the product. Product codes affected by this action include: PHY0715R, PHY1015V, PHY1515Q, PHY1520R, PHY1520V, PHY2025V, PHY2030R, PHY2535V, PHY3035R and PHY3050R.
What is Ethicon Physiomesh?
Physiomesh is composed of polypropylene, the same material Ethicon uses to make its transvaginal mesh and bladder slings, which have been the subject of thousands of product liability lawsuits. Ethicon added an absorbable film coating made of slightly different compounds to each side of the polypropylene to create the Physiomesh hernia patch. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Physiomesh on April 9, 2010, via its controversial 510(k) approval process, which allowed Ethicon to skip rigorous pre-market research and studies.
Hernia Mesh Complications
- Dense adhesions
- No ingrowth
- Bowel obstruction
- Hernia recurrence
- Seroma (buildup of fluids under the skin)
What Causes Ventral Hernia Recurrence?
Incidents of hernia recurrence are often the result of mesh retraction or contraction, which exposes the previous defect. Retractions can also cause ripping of the mesh at transfascial suture sites, causing defects within the mesh. Primary mesh failure, infection, loss of domain and failed retention devices have also been noted in patients who suffered recurrence of ventral hernias.
Louisiana Woman Alleges Complications from Physiomesh Hernia Repair Surgery
April 17, 2017 – A woman from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, who allegedly suffered adverse health consequences after undergoing hernia surgery with Physiomesh has filed a products liability lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson. Plaintiff Laura Lutz accuses the defendants of manufacturing and selling a defective medical device, and for failing to adequately warn the public and medical community of the potential health risks of Physiomesh.
Florida Woman Alleges Complications from Physiomesh Hernia Repair
April 7, 2017 – A woman from Florida has filed a products liability lawsuit against Ethicon Inc. for injuries she allegedly suffered after being implanted with Physiomesh during hernia repair surgery. Plaintiff Diana Picolla had incisional hernia repair with Physiomesh in 2010; she claims the device failed, causing severe health complications which required it to be surgically removed.
Physiomesh Class Action Filed in Canada
March 30, 2017 – Hernia repair patients in Canada have filed a class action lawsuit against Ethicon over injuries alleged from the company’s Physiomesh hernia patch. The suit alleges that Physiomesh contains a design defect that causes the hernia patch to tear, contract, or migrate after being implanted, which can lead to complications including perforation, abscesses, adhesion, infection and the need for revision surgery. Plaintiffs say they were not adequately warned about these risks prior to undergoing hernia repair surgery.
First Physiomesh Lawsuit Headed for Trial Jan. 2018
February 24, 2017 – Ethicon Inc. will defend itself in the first Physiomesh hernia patch lawsuit to go to trial next year in the Southern District of Illinois. Plaintiff in the case, Matthew Huff, claims he developed abdominal abscesses and intestinal fistulas after being implanted with Physiomesh in 2013.
New Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuit Filed in Florida
January 9, 2017 – A Florida woman who claims she experienced severe health problems from an Ethicon Physiomesh hernia patch has filed a products liability lawsuit against Ethicon, Inc. Plaintiff claims she suffered complications including an abdominal bulge, recurrent hernia, pain and adhesion after receiving the Physiomesh patch (Catalog No. PHY1520V, 15 X 20 cm) while undergoing laparoscopic ventral hernia repair in February 2016.
Lawsuit Alleges Massachusetts Man had 3 Failed Physiomesh Hernia Repair Surgeries
December 12, 2016 – A man who claims had was forced to undergo three hernia repair surgeries with the Physiomesh patch has filed a products liability lawsuit against Ethicon in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.The three failed surgeries have caused Plaintiff David Watring both physical and mental pain and suffering, as well as “substantial physical deformity,” according to the lawsuit. Watring further alleges that he suffered financial setbacks from his inability to work due to his injuries.
Florida Woman Alleges Injuries from Physiomesh Hernia Repair Surgery
October 18, 2016 – A woman from Florida who was allegedly injured after undergoing hernia repair surgery with Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh has filed a products liability lawsuit against Ethicon. Plaintiff claims she suffered complications including persistent abdominal pain, diminished bowel motility and bowel obstructions after receiving Physiomesh in 2014. She underwent a second surgery in 2015 to remove the hernia patch, which was unsuccessful and left her with mesh stuck in her bowels and abdominal walls, according to the lawsuit.
Physiomesh Hernia Patch Lawsuit Filed in Illinois
October 3, 2016 – A man who allegedly developed 2 abdominal abscesses and an intestinal fistula from a defective Physiomesh hernia patch has filed a lawsuit against Ethicon. Plaintiff alleges that Physiomesh is defective, unreasonably dangerous and not suitable for its intended use. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under case number 3:16-cv-00368-JPG-PMF.
First Physiomesh Lawsuits Prepared for Trial
September 26, 2016 – The first lawsuits alleging injuries from Ethicon Physiomesh hernia patches are reportedly being prepared for trial. The first complaint was entered on behalf of Matthew Huff just weeks before the devices were withdrawn from the market in May 2016. According to the lawsuit, Huff developed severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, chills and redness on the skin of his abdomen shortly after being implanted with Physiomesh. It was later discovered that the hernia patch had become infected, causing 2 abdominal abscesses, intestinal fistula and the need for surgery to debride the abscesses.
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed over injuries allegedly caused by the Ethicon Physiomesh hernia patch. However, our lawyers are filing individual suits for people who had hernia recurrence or required revision surgery after receiving Physiomesh. If we determine that you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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 hernia patch lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Physiomesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.