WHAT IS ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™?
The Ethicon Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh is a product used to repair hernias that is made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division. It is a patch made of a polypropylene mesh fabric. The patch is designed to be inserted into the body through a small abdominal incision and placed behind the hernia to help cover and close the defect. Two registries show that these Ethicon Physiomesh™ products are resulting in a higher-than-expected number of problems after laparoscopic surgeries, and patients are reporting severe complications.
WHAT INJURIES IS ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ CAUSING?
Patients are experiencing hernia recurrence requiring additional surgery to remove the hernia mesh and repair the hernia a second time. Many individuals also report hernia surgery complications including infections, bowel injuries, adhesions, and severe abdominal pain.
On May 25, 2016, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled the Ethicon Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh after receiving reports of side effects greater than that for other similar products. The company issued an urgent field safety notice after determining that the problems with its Ethicon Physiomesh™ hernia patches could be caused by a number of factors, including issues with the design of the mesh and the instructions provided to physicians when using the mesh.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ LITIGATION?
A handful of Ethicon Physiomesh™ lawsuits have been filed in different courts throughout the country. Recently, the cases were consolidated into a single federal court before Judge Richard Story in the Northern District of Georgia. This will allow law firms from around the country to combine resources while pursuing claims against Johnson & Johnson for their marketing and manufacturing of this defective hernia mesh product. We expect more cases to be filed in the near future now that consolidation has occurred.
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