Ethicon Physiomesh

Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh LawsuitPhysiomesh® is a mesh product made by Ethicon USA, a division of Johnson & Johnson®. It’s estimated that over 300,000 people have been implanted with the Physiomesh® since 2010.

Recall of Physiomesh®

Ethicon issued an urgent recall notice of the Physiomesh® Flexible Composite Mesh in May 2016, citing data showing higher “recurrence/reoperation rates after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using the Ethicon Physiomesh® Composite “than for patients with comparable meshes.

Although the higher recurrence rate was the only official reason admitted by Johnson & Johnson, surgeons have been reporting adverse events from the device since it was first released to the market.

The FDA approved the Ethicon Physiomesh® hernia mesh repair product in 2010 using the same quickie 510k approval process as the other types of flawed meshes. The Physiomesh® product was designed to be partially absorbed in the body. The base layer is made with a type of plastic called polypropylene. This layer is coated with a substance that is supposed to prevent adhesions, and then be absorbed in the body over time.

Surgeons reported many adverse events once the Physiomesh® was on the market. The problems included: recurring hernias, adhesions and infections.

Noted Defects and Complications

One of the major defects noted in lawsuits filed, is that Johnson & Johnson used a thinner version of polypropylene than it had with its other hernia mesh devices. This was intended to prevent other complications, but without being properly tested, patients and surgeons learned that it was too thin – surgeons have reported it tearing before or during surgery. In addition, the coating is not preventing adhesions as intended and numerous reports of debilitating adhesions of bowel obstruction and other painful complications have been reported.

Physiomesh® Complications Reported to the FDA include:

  • Hernia recurrence
  • Mesh folding or bunching up
  • Adhesions
  • Failure to incorporate into the body
  • Pain
  • Inflammatory reactions

Johnson & Johnson withdrew the Physiomesh® product from the market in May 2016.

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