Ethicon Physiomesh Injury Lawsuits
Physiomesh is a leading surgical mesh product manufactured by Ethicon, another Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, that is typically used to assist with the healing process following hernia surgery and similar surgical procedures. The mesh is coated with a thick material designed to prevent contact between human bowel tissues and polypropylene. According to medical experts, the polypropylene will essentially stick to and bond with any human tissue that it comes into contact with. This can lead to severe internal injuries and other serious medical complications for the patient.
Many safety advocates and legal experts contend that Ethicon has been aware of the potential for patients to experience serious side effects since the product hit the U.S. marketplace in 2014. In May of 2016, Ethicon issued a full market withdrawal of all Physiomesh products. It is important to note that Ethicon called this a “voluntary” withdrawal, rather than issuing an official recall to consumers.
Ethicon Physiomesh Injuries and Complications
Patients who have received the Physiomesh mesh implant have reportedly experienced a number of serious side effects, including bowel obstruction, serious infections, partial or total failure of the mesh, and seromas – large collections of fluid that build up underneath the skin. As is the case with many dangerous medical devices, the severity of these complications can range from mild to severe, with death occurring in extreme cases.
The company has mostly deflected and avoided commenting on the issue, but many experts have interpreted this decision as a clear strategic attempt to avoid any liability for any damage that consumers may have suffered after receiving the surgical mesh implants. A recall would be considered a clear acknowledgement of the danger Ethicon’s Physiomesh poses to the average consumer, while issuing a “voluntary withdrawal” allows the company to deny the serious life-threatening complications that can result from human tissue bonding with the polypropylene found in Physiomesh.
Who Can File a Physiomesh Injury Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has received a Physiomesh surgical mesh implant and has experienced serious medical complications as a result, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing victims of negligence and have helped people suffering from defective medical products for more than 20 years.
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