Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

In recent years, a number of models of hernia mesh have been recalled by the FDA due to a high rate of serious complications and potentially dangerous side effects, including:

  • Infections
  • Pain
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh contraction
  • Fistulas
  • Abscesses
  • Bowel or intestinal blockages
  • Tissue or organ perforation
  • Blood vessel or organ injury
  • Revision surgery

In hernia mesh lawsuits, injured patients and their families may be able to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for their suffering and recover financial compensation for their damages.

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuit

As a result of the May 2016 global recall of Ethicon Physiomesh hernia repair mesh, a growing number of individuals who suffered severe Physiomesh injuries are pursuing dangerous medical device lawsuits against manufacturer Ethicon and their parent company, Johnson & Johnson. The recall was initiated when large hernia registries in Germany and Denmark reported an unacceptably high rate of complications and hernia recurrence and the manufacturers were unable to determine the causes or these adverse events.

In one recent Physiomesh lawsuit, plaintiff Matthew Huff alleges that he was implanted with this mesh in 2013 to treat an abdominal hernia. By July 2015, Huff began to suffer from nausea, high fever, chills, abdominal pain, and redness of the skin on his abdomen. He was hospitalized, where it was discovered that his Physiomesh hernia mesh had become infected, leading to an intestinal fistula and two abdominal abscesses that required surgical treatment. Huff claims that now he must clean and pack two open wounds on his abdomen daily and that he continues to suffer from sever health problems. Huff claims that Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh is unreasonably dangerous, is not safe for use as intended, and that Ethicon failed to protect patients from severe side effects. Due to the extensive nature of his injuries and Ethicon’s alleged negligence, he seeks both compensatory and punitive damages.

Potentially Defective Hernia Mesh

The Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh is not the only type of mesh patch which has been associated with an unacceptably high risk of side effects and complications. When a medical device such as hernia mesh is defective, it may subject a patient to serious injuries which could become permanent or even life-threatening.

Additional hernia mesh products for which individuals may wish to pursue compensation after suffering serious side effects include:

Kugel Hernia Mesh Patches

Kugel hernia mesh patches, like the Physiomesh mesh, may be used to repair hernias that develop at the site of surgical incisions. With this model, a memory recoil ring around the edge of the mesh makes it possible for a surgeon to fold the mesh during surgery to repair a hernia. The mesh is meant to open and lay flat once in place, but there have been multiple reports of the ring breaking and causing serious internal injuries to patients. Since 2005, C.R. Bard and their Davol subsidiary have issued three recalls for Kugel hernia mesh patches. It has been alleged that the manufacturers neglected to accurately report the rates and severity of adverse events to the FDA, potentially endangering additional patients.

Atrium C-Qur Mesh

Atrium C-Qur (pronounced “secure”) mesh made from plastic and coated with a gel made of triglycerides and omega 3 fatty acids. In adverse event reports, doctors and patients have noted that Atrium C-Qur mesh may become stuck to the bowels or other organs, leading to gastric ulcers or organ perforation. Though the gel coating of this mesh is designed to prevent adhesions (scars that bind organs or tissues together), research has shown that the gel can degrade over time. Atrium received a warning letter from the FDA in 2012 regarding complaints of a failure to investigate C-Qur mesh infections and at least 35 complaints of a lack of mesh sterility—including multiple reports of human hair found on packaged devices. A recall was issued for C-Qur Edge mesh in 2013 when it was found that humidity may cause the mesh gel coating to adhere to packaging.

AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix

AlloDerm is a type of mesh made of human skin from a cadaver. The skin is dried and treated with chemicals to prevent immune system rejection of the donor skin. AlloDerm is most commonly used for hernia repair or during breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomy, and it is also sometimes used in dental surgery and facial reconstruction.

In hundreds of AlloDerm lawsuits, multiple plaintiffs have alleged that the manufacturer of this mesh failed to warn doctors that the mesh must be pre-stretched before use. This may cause the mesh to expand after implantation, which may cause hernia recurrence, rejection of the donor tissue, and/or the need to have AlloDerm mesh surgically removed. AlloDerm has also been associated with infections, pain, swelling, adhesions, organ and blood vessel damage, perforation, poor healing, abscesses and other serious side effects.

Schedule a Physiomesh or Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Consultation

When medical device manufacturers fail in their duty to supply a reasonably safe product with proper warnings and instructions, patients can suffer severe or even fatal injuries. In Physiomesh or hernia mesh lawsuits, a growing number of plaintiffs have claimed that manufacturers knew or should have known of the risk of serious complications, but that they either failed to properly research these risks or failed to adequately warn of them.

If you or someone you love has suffered from side effects after implantation with Ethicon Physiomesh or another form of hernia mesh, you may be owed compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Please contact us today to schedule a free hernia mesh lawsuit consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.