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Dangers of Physiomesh

Approximately half a million people undergo hernia repair surgeries each year. One of the more common types of materials that doctors use to repair the area around a hernia is medical mesh, which is used to close the area surrounding the hernia and help the tissue heal.

However, many of the medical mesh products are manufactured using the plastic polypropylene. When this type of mesh is used, patients are exposed to high risks of dangerous health issues, because polypropylene is not meant to be permanently implanted into people. If you have suffered complications due to the dangers of Physiomesh, speak with a compassionate and capable Physiomesh attorney that could devote the time and resources necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Recalls and Market Removals

Over the past several years, hernia mesh manufacturers initiated multiple recalls and market removals of various brands of hernia mesh after patients developed serious health issues. Unfortunately, this happened too late to prevent many patients from dying due to the severity of their injuries.

One of the most egregious examples of dangerous hernia mesh that was nonetheless approved for use in patients is the Physiomesh. Not only did this product cause serious injuries in patients, it is believed that the company that manufactures the product, Ethicon (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), knew about the potential dangers of Physiomesh product but failed to inform doctors and patients of these risks.

Harmful Side Effects of Physiomesh

According to independent clinic studies, as well as multiple complaints from physicians and patients who suffered injuries, the design of Physiomesh prohibits it from actually attaching to tissue. Instead, the mesh just hangs in a patient’s body, creating a high risk of causing various other medical issues for the patients which can result in long-term disabilities or death.

Some of the most common types of medical complications patients have suffered include:

  • Adhesion of the mesh to organs
  • Autoimmune reaction to mesh as a foreign body
  • Bowel obstruction or perforation
  • Delayed healing
  • Erosion, infection, migration, or rejection of the mesh
  • Fistula formation
  • Internal bleeding
  • Nerve or organ damage
  • Sepsis

Ethicon Removes Physiomesh from Market

In May 2016, Ethicon removed Physiomesh from the marketplace after multiple complaints regarding the undisclosed dangers of Physiomesh. Although the product is no longer being used, thousands of patients are still at risk due to the length of time it can take for the mesh to begin breaking down and cause problems. A Physiomesh patient may go years before there is any indication their body is fighting a serious attack from the mesh.

If you suffered an adverse reaction from Physiomesh or believe you are at risk of suffering such a reaction in the future, contact a defective medical product attorney to find out what type of legal action you may be able to pursue damages for your injuries and medical costs.