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1st Ethicon Physiomesh Jury Trial Set for 2018

1st Ethicon Physiomesh Jury Trial Set for 2018

September 26, 2016 — Ethicon Inc. will face a jury trial involving a man who was injured by the Physiomesh hernia patch on January 22, 2018 before Judge J. Phil Gilbert.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Matthew Huff, a man from Illinois who was treated for an abdominal hernia in 2013. His surgeon implanted Ethicon Physiomesh to reinforce his abdominal wall.

In July 2015, he developed symptoms of an infection — severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, chills, and skin redness. He went to the hospital and was diagnosed with two abscesses and an intestinal fistula.

Huff required surgery to debride the abscesses. After the infection was treated, he was left with serious health problems. He also had to clean and pack two open abdominal wounds every day.

Physiomesh was withdrawn from the market in May 2016, but not recalled in the United States. In two large studies in Germany and Denmark, Physiomesh was associated with higher rates of hernias re-opening (called “recurrence”) and needing surgery compared to similar products.

The lawsuit was originally filed on April 1 in the Southern District of Illinois — In Re: Matthew Huff v. Ethicon Inc.Case No. 3:16-cv-00368.

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