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If you or someone you love have suffered an injury related to Ethicon’s Physiomesh, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and pain. An experienced Physiomesh lawyer can help go over your experiences to determine whether you can bring an eligible case. Read on to learn more about how a professional injury attorney could make a difference in your life today.
Physiomesh is a medical device used in surgical procedures to repair hernias. A hernia is a protrusion of tissue or part of an organ through muscular tissue. One of the most common types of hernias are abdominal hernias, which may be treated with Physiomesh. This device is made of polypropylene, a flexible and non-absorbable plastic filament that is woven into a fabric. The patch is then laminated between two layers of Monocryl, which serves to prevent both inflammation and adhesion.
Doctors in the United States performed an estimated 2.3 million inpatient abdominal hernia repairs from 2001 to 2010. Physiomesh was often used in laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs during that time, which make up approximately 350,000 to 500,000 of all American hernia surgeries.
Some of the complications associated with the use of Physiomesh in laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs include:
In May 2016, Ethicon—the makers of Physiomesh—issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice recalling all Physiomesh products on the market in light of two large independent studies which indicated a correlation between Physiomesh use and higher re-operation rates after a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.
Physiomesh has not been formally recalled from the market. Instead, Ethicon voluntarily withdrew Physiomesh. According to the Food and Drug Administration, products can be withdrawn from the market rather than recalled so long as the violations motivating the withdrawal are minor and would not be subject to legal action from the FDA. For example, if a product is tampered with and there is no evidence of negligence in manufacturing or distribution, the product may be withdrawn without FDA penalty.
Ethicon issued their Urgent Field Safety Notice to a wide range of doctors, surgeons, and healthcare facilities urging them to stop using their product until Ethicon could investigate it more fully. However, it should be noted that Ethicon only issued this withdrawal for their Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh product line. Other products, such as Ethicon’s Open Flexible Composite Mesh Device, were not withdrawn from the market at the time.
Patients have filed numerous lawsuits related to injuries suffered because of Physiomesh. Many lawsuits claim that Physiomesh was defectively designed, and that there is an unreasonable risk of harm from its use. In addition, some lawsuits go further to claim that Ethicon failed to warn doctors and consumers that their product presented this unreasonable risk. A qualified Physiomesh lawyer may be able to help injured patients recover compensation for their additional surgeries, medical expenses, and pain suffered from Physiomesh.
Large pharmaceutical manufacturing companies such as Ethicon—as well as their parent company Johnson & Johnson—vigorously defend any allegation that their product is not safe and has caused an injury. Often, these large companies will use teams of lawyers and employ tactics meant to discourage injured patients from pursuing a lawsuit.
However, a seasoned injury lawyer could offer injured patients and their family critical guidance and support in filing a lawsuit. Your attorney could meet with you to discuss your injuries, work with medical professionals to investigate and evaluate your claim, and work to fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have suffered adverse side effects as a result of using Physiomesh, reach out to a knowledgeable Physiomesh lawyer today to schedule your initial consultation.