Mesh devices have been used since the 1980’s to strengthen weakened or damaged tissue in hernia repair procedures. The devices are designed to minimize recovery time but can cause severe complications such as hernia reoccurrence, adhesions, bacterial infections, obstructions and device migration, all of which can lead to additional surgeries to remove the device and repair internal organs.
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh, made of non-absorbable propylene, was first approved by the FDA in 2010 and became hugely popular despite a high rate of complications. The mesh was used in laparoscopic, ventral, and inguinal hernia repair surgeries.
It was recalled by Johnson & Johnson on May 27, 2016 and medical professionals had until September 16, 2016 to return unused Physiomesh (hernia mesh) for a full refund after the product was recalled by its manufacturer. These cases appear to be headed to MDL status* in the near future.
If you or a loved one were injured or experienced complications from Physiomesh, call our lawyers toll free at 800-537-8185 to discuss your rights.
*MDL status means multi-district litigation. Although each person has a separate lawsuit, the litigation has been consolidated into one federal court for purposes of streamlining and cost cutting. Rather than hundreds of judges hearing the same motions in thousands of cases throughout the country, each motion dealing with issues common to all cases is heard and decided once for all the participants.