Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Attorney Jessie Paluch, founder of TruLaw, has over 25 years of experience as a personal injury and mass tort attorney, and previously worked as an international tax attorney at Deloitte. Jessie collaborates with attorneys nationwide — enabling her to share reliable, up-to-date legal information with our readers.

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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Overview

A hernia mesh lawsuit might be appropriate if you had a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery that required a follow-up surgery.

Hernia mesh devices are causing bowel tears, organ damage, and obstructions because the mesh is moving and shrinking in people’s bodies.

Abdominal Pain After Faulty Ethicon Physimesh Hernia Repair Mesh Used In Surgery

Certain hernia mesh products fail at a higher rate than expected and patients were not prepared for an additional surgery.

Our hernia mesh lawyers are speaking with individuals who have been injured by these faulty products.

If you have been harmed by a hernia mesh implant, fill out TruLaw’s Hernia Mesh Instant Case Evaluator ℠ to see your lawsuit results right now.

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Faulty Hernia Mesh Products Lead To Recurrence And Re-operations

Hernia repairs are common – more than one million hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S.

Approximately 800,000 are to repair inguinal hernias, which occur in the inner groin, the rest can occur in other areas of the body.

A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

An increasing number of hernia repairs are being done via laparoscopic methods with the promise of faster recoveries and less pain, but, individuals are now coming forward noting that one of the leading hernia mesh products that have led to higher rates of recurrence and reoperations have been required to fix the damage done from the mesh.

Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh Recalled Because Of High Rate Of Complications

On May 25, 2016, Johnson & Johnson issued an “Urgent Field Safety Notice” to warn of the higher rates of recurrence/reoperation after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh.

Ethicon’s Physiomesh was a leader of global sales in the laparoscopic hernia repair surgeries from the time it was brought to market in early 2010 until it was voluntarily recalled in May 2016.

Hernia mesh lawsuits are currently being filed against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh as a result of the injuries and complications that occurred as a result of this high rate of recurrence and reoperation.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

According to Physiomesh lawsuits that have been filed in several states, Johnson & Johnson should have reported the deaths and serious injuries that occurred as a result of the Physiomesh product to the FDA — one of the most frequently used hernia mesh products.

Higher risk of recurrence of a hernia or reoperation rates with the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh were originally identified by two application-oriented outcome tools created to track nation-wide surgical outcomes after groin hernia repair.

The Danish Inguinal Hernia Database and the Herniamed German Registry allow all institutions to actively monitor the surgical quality and outcomes of products used in hernia repairs.

Both the Herniamed German Registry and Danish Hernia Database – DHDB noted higher-than-expected rate of recurrence and reoperations in patients who used Ethicon Physiomesh in their hernia repair as opposed to other mesh products.

Many of these lawsuits have been consolidated in one of two MDL dockets — Ethicon Phyiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh (MDL 2782) and Atrium Medical Corp. C-Qur Mesh Products (MDL 2753).

March 2018 — Johnson & Johnson was hit with a $35 million verdict in a Prolift pelvic mesh product liability lawsuit.

Barbara Kaiser sued Ethicon for causing low pelvic pain after being implanted with a Prolift mesh.

The lawsuit accused J&J and Ethicon of concealing the high complication rates linked to the Prolift pelvic mesh from the public.

Complications & Side Effects of Ethicon Physiomesh And C-Qur Mesh

Physiomesh Complications
Pain Infection
Hernia Recurrence Adhesion (Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together)
Obstruction (blockage of the large or small intestine) Bleeding
Mesh Shrinkage (contraction) Perforation (hole in neighboring tissues or organs)
Mesh Migration Seroma (fluid build-up at the surgical site)
Fistula (abnormal connection between organs, vessels or intestines)

The recalled hernia mesh was commonly the cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications.

Once there is a migration of the mesh and particularly erosion, surgical procedures to fix the complications are generally necessary.

These surgical procedures often require a staged operation and a large recovery time.

C-Qur V-Patch Mesh Recall

The FDA issued a Class II recall for C-Qur Mesh in August 2013 because the device had a packaging flaw which caused it to get stuck in the inside lining making it unusable.

This mesh is manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation.

In 2015 a government report was released finding that Atrium failed to address multiple safety violations.

In December 2016 the C-Qur hernia mesh cases were consolidated in an MDL docket 2753.

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) speeds up the process of hearing multiple lawsuits based on the same complaint.

The C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuit was filed against Atrium for failing to warn that their product could cause serious problems including high rates of infection, bowel obstructions, and allergic reactions.

This mesh is also very difficult to remove once it attaches to the bowel.

Specifically, the Omega 3 fatty acid gel coating was being called into question.

This C-Qur V-Patch was cleared by the FDA using the 510(k) clearance program which allows companies to skip rigorous pre-market research because the C-Qur mesh was similar to a mesh approved in the 1990s.

Medical devices cleared by the 510(k) program are more susceptible to lawsuits because they are not properly studied and researched before they get to market.

The FDA continues to clear medical devices using this program and all this does is benefit the manufacturers and hurts the public.

Bard Hernia Mesh Lawsuits 2018

C.R. Bard’s Kugel hernia mesh implants was one of the first to be recalled.

This particular mesh was implanted over a million times since its FDA approval in the 1990s.

Unique to this mesh — it contained a ring that broke down after implantation which caused bowel and other organ perforations.

It is also made of polypropylene which is the material that has caused serious complications as well.

When this mesh is implanted, the polypropylene shrinks smaller than the size of the ring exposing it and causing it to break and perforate organs.

What Is A Laparoscopic Hernia Repair?

In laparoscopic surgical hernia repair, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen that allows surgical tools to be inserted into the opening and the hernia is repaired.

In many cases, surgical mesh is placed over the defect to reinforce the wall of the organ.

Laparoscopic surgery is often recommended because it allows individuals to get back to work quicker and generally causes less pain.

Physiomesh Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

Generally, the chance of a hernia coming back after laparoscopic surgery ranges from 1 to 10 out of 100 surgeries done, but as noted in the Physiomesh lawsuits, the rate of hernia recurrence was much greater with the Physiomesh hernia patch than with other mesh products used.

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue.

It is generally made from flexible, non-absorbable polypropylene (plastic) filaments that are woven into a fabric.

Was The Hernia Mesh Used in My Hernia Repair Recalled?

It is important to note that Ethicon Physiomesh Recall involved only the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh product line, it did not include the Ethicon Physiomesh Open Flexible Composite Mesh Device, which remains on the market today.

The Ethicon Physiomesh Open Flexible Composite Mesh Device was FDA approved on October 23, 2014 under a 510(k) process in which it was shown by Johnson & Johnson to be “substantially equivalent” to Ethicon Physiomesh’s Composite Mesh – the very device that Johnson & Johnson just recalled.

Under a 510(k) application, the FDA does not require the device to submit clinical trials to prove effectiveness.

Instead, it is assumed to be as safe as the previous device on the market.

Since the device Ethicon submitted as “substantially equivalent” to their new mesh hernia product has been recalled, many now wonder about the safety and effectiveness of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh.

Composite hernia mesh is the most dangerous type of mesh used for repairs and there is no reliable data on the safety of these hernia mesh products.

A majority of surgeons today are using composite mesh for hernia repairs.

Hernia Mesh Used in Laparoscopic Hernia Repairs - Also Called Physiomesh

Recalled Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh Products

Product Name Product Code Description / Size Product Lot
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY0715R Rectangle 7.5cm x 15cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1015V Oval 10cm x 15cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1515Q Square 15cm x 15cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1520R Rectangle 15cm x 20cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH ™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY1520V Oval 15cm x 20 cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY2025V Oval 20cm x 25cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY2030R Rectangle 20cm x 30cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY2535V Oval 25cm x 35cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY3035R Rectangle 30cm x 35cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh PHY3050R Rectangle 30cm x 50cm All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
Laparoscopic Hernia Pack ELH5 PHY1515Q All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.
Laparoscopic Hernia Pack ELH10 PHY1515Q All unexpired lots impacted by this voluntary product recall.

If I Believe My Mesh Product Was Recalled What Should I Do?

The voluntary recall of the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh product has been communicated to doctors, therefore, the best thing to do is to speak to your physician and continue to follow up as instructed.

TruLaw encourages all individuals harmed by devices such as in the case of a hernia mesh to report the side effects and complications to the FDA.

Do not assume that the FDA knows about your complications!

Learn how to submit your information to the FDA.

If you believe you qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit, we can let you know instantly and with no obligation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Do I Pick a Hernia Mesh / Physiomesh Lawyer?

    Sometimes you need a lawyer near you and sometimes its best to hire a lawyer based on the lawyer’s resources and experiences.

    The right lawyer for mass-tort litigations may not be your local lawyer.

    Mass tort cases filed all over the country are often consolidated into a single courtroom in order to move the many lawsuits through the courts in the most effective and efficient way.

    A lawyer experienced with the multidistrict litigation process with the ability to represent clients in all 50 states, is likely to be a good fit for mass tort litigation.

    TruLaw is not afraid to take on the largest drug and medical device companies in the world.

    We work with trusted legal affiliates to make sure that TruLaw clients have the resources and experiences needed to hold big business accountable when they put profits over people.

  • How Can a Hernia Mesh / Physiomesh Lawsuit Help?

    Your Hernia Mesh lawsuit is designed to help you financially recover from injuries that were caused by someone else.

    We hope putting your trust in TruLaw will take away your concern of protecting your legal rights, but it is most important to us that you spend your time recovering physically.

    Your lawsuit should assist in covering your medical bills, the amount of income and benefits that you lost as a result of your injury and, if your injuries are permanent, we will look to recover for your permanent disfigurement.

    In addition, it is always our hope that your lawsuit will help us to remove dangerous drugs, toxins and devices from the market.

    We are not only lawyers, but also safety advocates that believe in getting information out to the public so no more people are injured.

    We hope you will join us in the role as a safety advocate.

  • Is there an Hernia Mesh / Physiomesh Class Action?

    We often hear injured people refer to their personal injury case as a “class action” because their case was grouped together in a lawsuit with other injured people.

    This is most often NOT the case.

    Often, individual cases are grouped together so the attorneys and judge can address common procedural issues initially, saving time for the injured parties and the court, but this is very generally referred to as a “mass tort.”

    A Mass tort refers to civil actions involving numerous plaintiffs against one or a few corporate defendants in state or federal court.

    Class actions are mass torts that are generally used on financial losses and multidistrict litigations (MDL) are generally used on personal injury claims, often in product liability cases.

    MDL is a procedural tool used when plaintiffs have incurred injuries from products manufactured by the same defendant(s).

    Even when plaintiffs incur injuries from the same defendant(s), the amount of damages they may recover for those injuries are often substantially different from other plaintiffs included in the same lawsuit.

    It is important to understand that mass tort cases are an effective tool to getting the attention of the large drug and device companies.

    MDLs assist lawyers in determining exactly what the drug and device companies knew about the risks their products caused and whether or not they should have warned consumers.

    Too often, consumers believe that they can file a single lawsuit and get the attention of big drug companies.

    This is very hard to do.

    Technically, MDLs do not happen until a judicial panel transfers individual cases to a single court.

    Depending on when your lawsuit is filed, you may find yourself automatically transferred to the MDL court or you may wait to learn when and if the JPML believes an MDL is the proper venue for the mass tort.

    But, rest assured, even if your case is included in an MDL, TruLaw lawyers will treat your injuries, your medical history and your financial needs separately.

    We are aware that not all cases are the same.

  • Has There Been a Hernia Mesh / Physiomesh Settlement?

    We understand the frustration in waiting to hear about settlements in product liability lawsuits.

    Unfortunately, in drug and device cases, we have no choice but to sue some of the most profitable companies in the world.

    Big Pharma has deep pockets and lawsuits are a cost of doing business for them.

    They are not inclined to settle until it makes business sense to them.

    TruLaw lawyers building our cases with an eye on winning in court as well as settlement, when we believe that is the best result for our clients.

    We will never settle without advising you of your options, and we will keep you posted on our progress, to the extent we are legally able.

  • Is there currently a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

    A corporation, by definition is profit seeking.

    There is no requirement that a corporation act morally.

    Unfortunately, too often we see dangerous drugs, devices and products remain on the market when corporations prioritize profit over people.

    If these same corporations warn consumers of these risks, there is no case.

    We only pursue lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were not warned of the risk associated with the dangerous drug, device or product on the market.

    TruLaw is pursuing Hernia Mesh / Physiomesh Lawsuits because we believe consumers were not properly warned of the risks of injury.

  • Have you seen a Hernia Mesh or Physiomesh Lawsuit Commercial?

    Did a recent Hernia Mesh or “Physiomesh” commercial grab your attention?

    Did you find our site because you were wondering if you qualify for Hernia Mesh lawsuits?

    We built the Hernia Mesh Instant Case Evaluator ℠ as a no cost/no obligation place for you to find answers about your legal rights.

    If you found us today, you are looking for instant answers to whether you should file a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit and we want to help you.

    We believe that in order for you to make important decisions about your health and your legal rights, you need to start with information.

    We provide you this valuable information so you are prepared to talk to a lawyer.

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Experienced Attorney & Legal SaaS CEO

With over 25 years of legal experience, Jessie is an Illinois lawyer, a CPA, and a mother of three.  She spent the first decade of her career working as an international tax attorney at Deloitte.

In 2009, Jessie co-founded her own law firm with her husband – which has scaled to over 30 employees since its conception.

In 2016, Jessie founded TruLaw, which allows her to collaborate with attorneys and legal experts across the United States on a daily basis. This hypervaluable network of experts is what enables her to share reliable legal information with her readers!

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