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Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filed in Florida

October 19, 2016 — Ethicon Inc. has been sued by a woman from Florida who required surgery to remove Physiomesh that grew into her intestines and caused serious health problems.

Physiomesh is a type of hernia mesh that is stitched into the abdominal wall to “patch” ventral hernias. It is made from flexible plastic fibers that are woven into a fabric and laminated.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Joanne Quinn, a woman who was implanted with Physiomesh in May 2014 at Holmes Regional Hospital in Melbourne, Florida.

Her condition did not improve after the surgery. Instead, she steadily worsened and developed persistent abdominal pain, diminished bowel motility, and bowel obstruction.

On July 6, 2015, she went to another hospital in Florida. The surgeon spent two hours trying to remove the mesh, but could not remove all of the material due to “severe adhesions to the bowels and abdominal wall.”

She says Physiomesh is defective because the material becomes embedded in the body, harbors infections, migrates, and often fails. The only treatment is another surgery to remove the mesh.

In May 2016, Ethicon pulled Physiomesh off the market worldwide after two large studies in Germany and Denmark found higher rates of hernia recurrence and re-operation compared to similar products.

The lawsuit was filed on September 22, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida — In Re: Joanne Quinn v. Ethicon, Inc. and Johnson & JohnsonCase No: 6:16-cv-01663.

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