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Physiomesh / Hernia Mesh Linked to High Recurrence and Additional Surgeries

Physiomesh / Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

As much as 10% of the population develops some type of a hernia throughout their lifetime. As a result, hernia repair is on the of most common types of surgeries performed in the United States. Hernia mesh, a type of surgical mesh, is commonly used in hernia repair surgery to both strengthen the repair and reduce the rate of recurrence. However, complications as a result of the hernia mesh have caused further issues often resulting in corrective surgery. Hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed as a result of complications that have resulted from the mesh devices.

Litigation Updates

Trial Date Set for Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh

January 2018 – 469 lawsuits regarding Ethicon's Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh are pending in Georgia Northern District Court. A trial date has been set for September 16, 2019.

Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh MDL Established

June 2017 – A multidistrict litigation regarding Ethicon's Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh is established.

Atrium C-Qur Lawsuits Consolidated

Dec. 8, 2016 –Atrium C-Qur lawsuits are consolidated into multi-district litigations in the federal court for New Hampshire, docketing the case as MDL No. 2753.

Urgent Field Safety Notice Issued

May 25, 2016 – Johnson & Johnson issued an "Urgent Field Safety Notice" to warn of the higher instances of reoccurrence or reoperation as a result of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh. All unused products were also voluntarily recalled.

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What is Physiomesh/Hernia Mesh?

Since the 1970’s, the implantable mesh has been used in surgeries to repair a hernia in the abdominal wall.

According to the FDA, “A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Hernias often occur in the abdominal wall.” More than 1 million hernia repairs occur in the United States per year.

Hernias often have a high rate of reoccurrence so surgeons use hernia mesh to strengthen the repair and reduce the rate of reoccurrence. However, adverse events reported to the FDA such as bowel perforation and obstruction complications, or even hernia recurrences, generally required surgical procedures to correct the issues.

There are four types of surgeries used to repair hernias:

  • Laparoscopic extraperitoneal repair
  • Laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal patch repair
  • Open tension-free mesh repair
  • Open primary tissue approximation repair

The first three all require the use of surgical mesh to repair a hernia. The hernia meshes implanted to repair a hernia can vary by brand and type. The four most common types of hernia mesh products are:

  • Atrium
    • C-Qur
  • Ethicon
    • Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh
      • Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary hernia mesh recall of the products in 2016.
    • Ethicon Physiomesh Open Flexible Composite Mesh Device
  • Covidien/Medtronic
    • Parietex, Parietex ProGrip, Parietex Composite Ventral Patch, Parietex Parastomal Mesh, Parietex Optimized Composite Mesh (PCO), and Symbotex Composite Mesh
  • C.R. Bard
    • SepraMesh, Ventralex, Bard 3D Max, Kugel, Kugel Composix Mesh, PerFix Plug, Ventrio, Ventrio ST, Composix E/X Mesh, Visilex, and Spermatix

Although Ethicon’s Physiomesh Composite Mesh product was voluntarily recalled in 2016 by Johnson & Johnson, all other products are currently still available for hernia mesh repairs in the United States.

If you feel you were injured as a result of hernia mesh, report your adverse side effects to the FDA.

 

Adverse Side Effects of Hernia Mesh Reported to the FDA

According to the FDA, adverse side effects following hernia repair with mesh are:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia Recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Bowel perforations and/or obstruction
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage

 

Injuries We’re Pursuing in a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Hernia mesh side effects vary by on a case by case basis. However, we are accepting cases for a hernia mesh lawsuit for those individuals who:

  • Had a hernia mesh implanted after 2006.
  • Had at least one revision surgery or impending revision surgery.
  • Are not able to undergo revision surgery because it would be too difficult.

TorHoerman Law is currently not accepting cases for those individuals who have an autoimmune disease or suffered from a hiatal hernia.

 

Contact TorHoerman Law Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Lawyers

TorHoerman Law believes in helping those injured through no fault of their own. If you believe you suffered a personal injury as a result of a hernia mesh product, contact our law firm for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

Other Types of Mesh

Although mesh products are used to repair hernia’s, similar types of products, referred to as transvaginal mesh, are also used repair weakened or damaged tissues in the instance an individual is suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Did you suffer adverse side effects as a result of transvaginal mesh? Contact our transvaginal mesh lawyers today.

+ - References

Balentine, Jerry R. "What Is a Hernia? Symptoms (Pain), Types & Surgery." EMedicineHealth, 21 Nov. 2017, www.emedicinehealth.com/hernia_faqs/article_em.htm.

"Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh." Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australian Government Department of Health, 9 June 2016, www.tga.gov.au/alert/ethicon-physiomesh-flexible-composite-mesh.

"Hernia Mesh Lawsuit - Learn Instantly If You Qualify." TruLaw, trulaw.com/physiomesh-lawsuits/.

"Hernia Surgical Mesh Implants." U.S. Food and Drug Administration Home Page, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/HerniaSurgicalMesh/default.htm.

http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/MDL-2753-Initial_Transfer-12-16.pdf

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