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First Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Slated for Trial – and More Mesh Complications

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San Diego, CAJust over a year from now the first Ethicon surgical abdominal mesh lawsuit is slated for trial. According to a recent study published in JAMA, there could be many more reports of hernia complications—and abdominal mesh lawsuits—before Ethicon’s Physiomesh trial.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Illinois resident Matthew Huff filed the Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit that goes to trial January 22, 2018. Huff had the Physiomesh implanted in 2013 to repair an abdominal wall hernia but he was back in hospital two years later suffering from severe abdominal pain, fever, chills and redness on his abdomen, according to his complaint.

Due to infection in and around the Physiomesh, Huff suffered severe damage to his abdomen and intestines—two abdominal abscesses and intestinal fistulas from the mesh that required another surgery. In his lawsuit, Huff accuses Ethicon (a J&J subsidiary) of negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty, and alleges that Ethicon designed an “unreasonably dangerous and defective product”, according to court documents. The lawsuit also claims that the Physiomesh was not adequately tested and it did not meet Ethicon’s usual standards and requirements. (Case No. 3:16-cv-00368)

The Physiomesh is just one of several hernia mesh products facing lawsuits for allegedly causing mesh-related complications. Other abdominal mesh brands include:
• Atrium Medical’s C-Qur Hernia Mesh
• C.R. Bard’s Sepramesh
• C.R. Bard’s Ventralex ST Hernia Patch
• C.R. Bard’s 3DMAX Mesh

Hernia Mesh Study
A study published last month in JAMA, titled “Recurrence and Mesh-Related Complications After Incisional Hernia Repair” indicated that patients with hernia mesh have a lower rate of hernia recurrence, but complications can occur up to five years after surgery. And patients with mesh suffered more complications, often requiring major and additional surgeries.

The study’s authors wrote the following:
“In this… study including 3,242 patients, mesh repair was associated with a lower risk of reoperation for recurrence compared with nonmesh repair over a 5-year follow-up period…However, a risk of long-term mesh-related complications for open and laparoscopic mesh repairs partially offset these benefits.”

Over five years the rate of complications was greatly increased. Out of those study patients, an astounding 1,050—almost one-third-- required subsequent abdominal surgery. Major complications included bowel obstruction, perforation and bleeding. And the larger the mesh, the increased risk of complications.

Doctors perform about 800,000 hernia repairs in the U.S, and surgeons typically use mesh as the gold standard of care. But this study may lead to doctors to question the current practice of abdominal mesh to repair hernias, particularly large pieces of mesh.

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I had a hernia mesh operation in July of 1999,, I have a lot of problems with my situations like awful abdominal pain, high fevers, sweating ! Please contact me if there's something I can do to file Suit!

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