In May 2016, Ethicon recalled all unused stock of Physiomesh in Europe and Australia while issuing a market withdrawal in the United States. Two large European studies found higher rates of hernia recurrence and re-operation compared to similar hernia patches.
Complications associated with Physiomesh include: Chronic Pain, Infection, Adhesions, Mesh Migration, Re-opening of the hernia, And Other Serious Injuries, many of which often require additional surgery.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of hernia mesh. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers should have warned patients – and their doctors – of the known potential defects in the devices and the side effects of hernia mesh implants.
Many of these devices were subject merely to the FDA’s expedited approval process.
Cases related specifically to Physiomesh claim that its multi-layer coating prevented adequate incorporation of the mesh, causing serious complications. Further, the mesh is allegedly insufficient to withstand normal abdominal forces, causing herniations through the mesh itself.
Cases related to the Atrium (C-Qur) hernia mesh assert that its fish oil gel coating caused complications, including detachment from the implanted device — resulting in adhesions and adherence to internal organs, among other complications. Plaintiffs allegedly experienced severe abdominal pain and a recurrence of the hernia, requiring surgery, and sometimes multiple surgeries, to remove the hernia mesh.
Cases related to Covidien hernia mesh, sold by C.R. Bard, Inc., assert that a resin-based plastic was used in Covidien’s hernia mesh implant. That plastic was the subject of a manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), which was provided to OSHA to communicate that the plastic should not be used in medical applications involving implantation in the human body or contact with internal body fluids or tissues. The resin-based plastic rings used in these mesh devices are alleged to have caused perforations, pain, obstructions, and infections.
In 2010, a patient was awarded $1.5 million after he suffered severe internal injuries when his hernia mesh patch broke inside his body. In 2011, C.R. Bard paid a $184 million settlement to resolve over 3,000 hernia mesh lawsuits.
If you or a loved one underwent a hernia mesh surgery between 2010 - 2016 and experienced:
You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer.
There are time deadlines to file a claim so don’t wait – act now.
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