Patients rely on medical devices to protect their health. But sometimes, the devices fail. The manufacturer of Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh withdrew the hernia mesh from the market in 2016 because of higher than average rates of complications among patients who had the synthetic mesh implanted to repair hernias. If you have had a laparoscopic hernia repair procedure and experienced complications, you may have been harmed by a defective hernia mesh product. You may have a right to seek compensation for your medical bills and losses related to time off work.

At Becker Law Office, our hernia mesh attorneys are nationally known for our representation of patients who have been harmed by defective medical devices such as Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh. Our product liability attorneys are investigating cases involving injuries linked to Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh. We understand how painful the road to recovery can be. Our committed legal team has the knowledge and resources to help you demand full compensation for your injuries. We believe that the makers of defective medical devices should be held accountable. If Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh hernia has harmed you, Becker Law Office can help you pursue full compensation to pay your medical bills and move ahead with your life.

If you have questions about whether you are eligible to seek compensation for a hernia mesh injury, please contact us for a free consultation.

What Is Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh?

Physiomesh is a brand of hernia mesh produced by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It’s used to repair hernias and to prevent their recurrence. The bottom layer of the mesh is made of polypropylene, while the upper layer is an absorbable coating. The mesh is implanted at the hernia site and, in theory, provides support in the area of weakened tissue to prevent another hernia. That should allow patients to live their lives without having to worry about developing another hernia.

Typically, a product like this would have to go through an extensive testing and vetting process overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, Physiomesh was submitted to the FDA for approval under a 510(k) application process, a type of review process that allows for expedited approval if a product is equivalent to an existing and legally marketed device. Ethicon argued that Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh was comparable to existing products already on the market.

Released in 2010, Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh was used by surgeons in a wide range of hernia repair procedures. However, patients soon began reporting problems. Patients began to have complications from the mesh including pain, infections, movement of the mesh inside the body, and other complications.

Due to concerns about higher rates of complications among patients who received Physiomesh™, Ethicon withdrew the product from the market. But many patients who underwent hernia surgery from 2010 to 2016 may have had the mesh implanted and may still develop complications.

Side Effects of Ethicon Mesh

Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh has been linked to several serious side effects including:

  • Severe pain. In many cases, the mesh has caused severe pain at the hernia site and in the surrounding tissue. This can be due to the body rejecting the mesh, and it can also be due to the mesh harming the surrounding tissue.
  • Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh has been tied to increased chances of infection. When an infection develops, a patient’s well-being is compromised. The patient may have to have further surgery to have the mesh removed.
  • Bowel obstructions and organ perforation. Mesh such as Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh has been tied to serious problems involving abdominal organs. The mesh can pierce surrounding tissues and organs leading to bleeding and life-threatening conditions.
  • The mesh can contract away from the hernia area, reducing the support needed to prevent a hernia recurrence. When the mesh contracts, it may also pull surrounding tissues with it, causing pain and damage to the tissues.
  • When surgeons implant the mesh, they assume that it will stay where they placed it. The mesh may come loose and begin to move elsewhere in the abdomen. This can lead to serious complications and the need for corrective surgery.
  • Tearing and breakage of the mesh. Hernia mesh can break apart. When this happens, pieces of the mesh may pierce surrounding tissue and cause life-threatening problems for patients.

Complications and Recalls

After Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh was released, the FDA began to receive reports about complications involving the mesh. Patients were suffering many of the complications discussed above. The FDA has acknowledged that hernia mesh can cause adverse medical conditions such as pain, recurrence, bowel obstruction, and others.

Due to the mounting problems with Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh, Ethicon was forced to act. In 2016, Ethicon issued an alert for the product and recalled all Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh that had not yet been implanted. The mesh has not been returned to the market since that time.

Pursuing a Lawsuit

Many hernia repair patients have filed lawsuits alleging that the mesh has caused serious injuries. They also allege that Ethicon failed to warn them about known issues with the product. Given the number of known problems with the product, it’s no surprise these lawsuits are moving forward.

Currently, multi-district litigation (MDL) actions are taking place against Ethicon regarding its Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh. MDLs seek to combine cases during the pretrial phase and use the court’s time more efficiently. The Northern District of Georgia is currently handling an MDL against Ethicon regarding its Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh and the injuries it has caused.

Call a Kentucky Ethicon’s Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh Claims Attorney

Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh has many known problems. Pain, infection, organ perforation, and many other serious side effects can occur after the device is implanted. At Becker Law Office, we understand how much pain a faulty medical device can cause, and we want to help you. With years of experience helping victims injured by medical devices, we have the knowledge and skills to take your case from start to completion.

If you’ve been injured by Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh or other medical devices, there may be compensation available. We’ve helped clients throughout the nation find compensation after medical devices like as hernia mesh has harmed them. We’ll work with you to understand your case and advocate for you every step of the way.

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