Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has recently withdrawn the surgical mesh Physiomesh ® from the market.
Hernia procedures vary based on the size and severity of the hernia. Patients who have large hernias or multiple hernia procedures may need to have surgical mesh put in place to prevent reemergence of the hernia. This flexible mesh is placed with a laparoscope and has been used since March 2010.
Hernia Mesh Injuries in Patients
Some patients who had Physiomesh involved in their procedure are developing complications as a result of the mesh.
Complications from Physiomesh include:
- Chronic pain
- Organ damage
- Migration of the mesh
- Mesh shrinkage
- A need for corrective surgery or revision
Premature FDA approval
The FDA approved Physiomesh's entrance to the market without clinical trials on the basis of its similarity to other mesh products.
Types of Hernia Mesh
Physiomesh was available in many shapes and sizes depending on the hernia. The following product codes were affected and are no longer available:
|PHY0715R||Rectangle||7cm x 15cm||1|
|PHY1015V||Oval||10cm x 15cm||1|
|PHY1515Q||Square||15cm x 15cm||1|
|PHY1520R||Rectangle||15cm x 20cm||1|
|PHY1520V||Oval||15cm x 20cm||1|
|PHY2025V||Oval||20cm x 25cm||1|
|PHY2030R||Rectangle||20cm x 30cm||1|
|PHY2535V||Oval||25cm x 35cm||1|
|PHY3035R||Rectangle||30cm x 35cm||1|
|PHY3050R||Rectangle||30cm x 50cm||1|
If you cannot find the product code or are unsure what type of hernia mesh was used in your procedure, please contact us. We can help you find answers to your questions and provide a free legal consultation.
Ethicon voluntarily withdrew the product from the market in May of 2016 after multiple reports of severe complications and increased risk of side effects.
Do I have a Physiomesh case?
Elk & Elk attorneys are available to investigate claims involving Ethicon Physiomesh. If you had laparoscopic hernia surgery after March 2010 and have suffered from hernia mesh complications, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free legal consultation, or contact us online.