January 5, 2017 — A woman from Florida who was injured by complications of Physiomesh hernia mesh has filed a lawsuit against its manufacturer, Ethicon Inc.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Sarah Ann Gilman, a woman who was implanted with a 15×20 cm piece of Physiomesh Composite mesh on February 3, 2016, to repair an abdominal hernia.
Less than four months after her surgery, Ethicon recalled Physiomesh in Europe and Australia and issued a “market withdrawal” in the U.S., which is why the FDA did not issue any safety warnings.
On August 17, Gilman says she was forced to undergo revision surgery due to a defective mesh implant. Her hernia returned and caused an abdominal bulge, recurrent hernia, pain, adhesions, and other complications.
Physiomesh is coated in two layers of Monocryl (polyglecaprone), which was advertised to prevent or minimize adhesion and inflammation. Instead, lawyers say it “prevented adequate incorporation of the mesh into the body and caused or contributed to an intense inflammatory and chronic foreign body response.”
Ethicon stopped selling Physiomesh after a study of two large hernia surgery registries in Germany and Denmark found higher rates of hernias returning and needing surgery (recurrence and re-operation).
Physiomesh is not the only hernia mesh associated with inflammatory reactions. At least 15 lawsuits have been filed by people who had similar reactions to Atrium C-QUR mesh coated in fish oil (Omega-3).
The lawsuit was filed on December 27, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Tampa Division) — Case No. 8:16-cv-03502 — In RE: Sarah Ann Gilman v. Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc.
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