Defective Hernia Mesh Leads to Multiple Surgeries: Physiomesh Lawsuit

A Florida couple has filed a Physiomesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon claiming that the hernia mesh used in the wife’s surgery was defective and unsafe.

Plaintiffs Sheri J. and Alfred J. claim in this Physiomesh lawsuit that Sheri suffered multiple complications after her hernia surgery using Ethicon’s Physiomesh hernia mesh device.

In May 2012, Sheri underwent surgery to repair a massive multiple anterior abdominal wall recurrent incisional ventral hernia. According to this Physiomesh lawsuit, this surgery included a “laparotomy with adhesiolysis and reduction of incarcerated small bowel and omentum, and resection of multiple hernia sacs and previously placed failed synthetic mesh.”

Essentially, Sheri had recurrent hernias which surgeons had attempted to repair in the past. In this surgery, her surgeon attempted to repair her current hernias and also fix issues stemming from past surgeries.

At the time of this surgery, her surgeon used 15 x 25 cm Physiomesh device to help repair her hernias.

After her surgery in May 2012, she began to experience pelvic pain and urinary frequency. Additionally, a fistula, or an abnormal connection or tunnel between organs, was discovered by her doctors.

According to the Physiomesh lawsuit, Sheri underwent yet another surgery in December 2012. This surgery attempted to repair adhesions that had formed, remove her bladder from her hernias and abdominal wall, and implant yet another mesh to repair an additional hernia.

The following year, in July 2013, Sheri endured an additional surgery to repair hernias and explant some of the previously implanted Physiomesh hernia devices.

She claims in this Physiomesh lawsuit that she suffers and will continue to suffer both physical and mental pain and anguish. Sheri believes that the mesh devices were defectively designed and manufactured and were not reasonably safe for use.

Hernia mesh devices are an implantable, screen-like device that is used to strengthen the abdominal wall during hernia surgeries. Hernias occur when organs, fatty tissue or intestines bulge through a tear in a muscular wall. This can be painful and ultimately dangerous if it is not repaired.

Surgeons have used mesh devices in hernia surgeries for decades and it now has become the standard for hernia repair. However, there have been many serious complications reported, as in Sheri’s case, with the use of hernia mesh devices.

As a result of the defective nature of Ethicon’s mesh device, Sheri alleges that there was a high risk of severe complications including “chronic pain, hernia recurrence,foreign body response, rejection, infection, inadequate or failure of incorporation/in growth, migration, scarification, deformation of mesh, improper wound healing, excessive and chronic inflammation, adhesions to internal organs, erosion, abscess, fistula formation, granulomatous response; seroma formation, nerve damage, tissue damage and/or death.”

In her Physiomesh lawsuit, she is holding the makers of her mesh devices responsible on counts of design defect, failure to warn, negligence and loss of consortium..

This Physiomesh Lawsuit is Case No. 1:17-cv-02657-RWS in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division.

If you or a loved one was injured by a hernia mesh device, legal help is available. Contact the experienced attorneys at McDonald Worley for a FREE case evaluation by filling out the form on this page.


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