A hernia is a fairly common problem which can affect men, women and children. It occurs when an internal organ or tissue pushes through a weakened area of muscle. The combination of a weak muscle and straining, such as when lifting a heavy object, can cause or contribute to a hernia. Most hernias occur in the abdomen or intestine. Symptoms may include a bulge in the location of the hernia, swelling, and/or pain. However, there are some cases in which the hernia is asymptomatic.
The most common treatment is surgery to repair the opening in the wall of the muscle, since untreated hernias can lead to pain and other complications. Between 2004 and 2016, many patients with hernias were treated by having hernia mesh surgically implanted to repair the hernia. However, many of these patients subsequently discovered that the mesh used was defective and was causing them additional side effects and complications, such as adhesions, infections, a reoccurrence of the hernia, migration (movement) of the mesh affecting other organs, pain and swelling. As a result, many of these individuals had to undergo additional surgeries to have the hernia mesh removed and to treat the other problems caused by the defective mesh.
Suthers Law Firm is currently investigating hernia mesh products that have been linked to severe complications. These products include J&J’s Ethicon Physiomesh, Atrium’s C-Qur, and Covidien’s Parietene mesh products. If you do not know the manufacturer or type of mesh your surgeon implanted in you, contact Suthers Law Firm or ask your doctor.Ethicon Physiomesh Recalled
In May of 2016, Johnson & Johnson, the parent corporation of Ethicon, recalled Ethicon’s Physiomesh product. Ethicon issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice to healthcare providers dated May 25, 2016, in which the company said it was recalling the mesh after reviewing a pair of studies that took place in Europe that revealed a higher failure rate of Ethicon’s Physiomesh compared to other, similar products used to repair hernias. Ethicon’s product had been first approved in 2010 under a Food and Drug Administration process known as 510(k). This is a process in which the manufacturer claims that its product is substantially equivalent to other similar products which were previously approved by the FDA. By proceeding this way, the manufacturer is able to avoid stringent FDA review of its product and does not have to conduct clinical trials to evaluate the product’s safety before it is placed on the market.
Recently, two lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon by women who had suffered injuries after being surgically implanted with allegedly defective Physiomesh for the repair of hernias. The plaintiff in one of the cases is a resident of Georgia. After she experienced complications, including severe pain and nausea, she had to under a second surgery in 2016 to have the Physiomesh removed. Plaintiff alleged in the lawsuit that during the second surgical procedure, her surgeon discovered that the Physiomesh product had torn and her intestines had protruded through the tear in the product. Her lawsuit is presently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious side effects and have had to undergo additional surgery after being implanted with a hernia mesh product, contact the defective medical product attorneys at Suthers Law Firm by e-mail or call us toll-free at 1-800-320-2384 for a free consultation.