Physiomesh is a type of surgical mesh typically made from polypropylene and is used to treat a number of medical issues such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP), stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and other similar health problems. Specifically, physiomesh is used to reinforce the weakened or damaged tissue in the abdomen wall to repair POP or support the urethra to treat SUI.
Thousands of injured patients have suffered serious and permanent bodily injury as a result of defects with Ethicon Physiomesh and have sought legal representation for personal injury claims against the manufacturers. Ethicon has also decided to voluntarily recall Physiomesh surgical mesh from the marketplace due to higher-than-average rates of revision surgeries.
Physiomesh Patients Misled by Ethicon's Claims
Patients who have experienced the devastating side effects of Johnson & Johnson's defective polypropylene mesh products have repeatedly claimed that they were misled by statements made by the various manufacturers about the products' safety, effectiveness, and potential for side-effects. Physiomesh was promised as a lightweight product, but the lightweight version is actually weaker than the old heavyweight version. And polypropylene mesh in general has been found to be associated with infections and other complications that make it a high-risk product.
In July 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an urgent warning to both medical providers and consumers to alert them of the dangers of polypropylene surgical mesh products. Various side effects commonly experienced by patients who have received Ethicon's Physiomesh products include:
- Mesh Erosion
- Recurring Hernias
- Serious Infection
- Bowel Obstruction
- And other serious conditions.
In extreme cases, the surgical mesh has failed completely or has required additional surgery to remove and/or replace the surgical mesh.
Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) Adverse Events & Lawsuits
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received dozens of adverse event reports from medical providers regarding injuries and other malfunctions of Ethicon's Physiomesh products among patients in the last several years. These reports all detail serious injuries that patients have suffered as a result of malfunctioning Physiomesh products.
Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon unit has been by far the most frequent target of federal lawsuits regarding bodily injury and other damages from transvaginal mesh products. The company recently settled four individual claims in January 2015 for undisclosed amounts after several lawsuits led to verdicts in the victims' favor, including:
Compensation for Physiomesh Injury Victims
Thousands of injured patients have filed personal injury lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States after having been injured by the defective products sold by Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. If you have suffered serious and/or permanent injury as a result of receiving Physiomesh, it may be in your best interest to consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
It is important for victims who have suffered serious and permanent injuries from all surgical mesh products to understand that each individual case is unique, and therefore there is no guarantee regarding the likely outcome of a potential claimant's case. That being said, the attorneys at Davis Law Group have an excellent track record of representing victims of personal injury and will be able to explain your legal rights and help you better understand your options moving forward.