Toxic Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filed Against J&J, Ethicon

Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, C.R. Bard, and Davol were hit with a lawsuit alleging their hernia mesh is toxic to human tissue leading to pain and other medical complications.

A woman from Tennessee alleges that she was implanted with hernia mesh in 2015 and suffered severe pain after the surgery.

“As a result of the implantation of the unreasonably dangerous and defective Physiomesh Composite Mesh and the Ventralex Hernia Patch, Plaintiff suffered injuries including, but not limited to, pain, mesh migration, recurrence, and additional surgery,” alleges the plaintiff.

According to the lawsuit, the hernia mesh is made of polypropylene – a substance toxic to the human body.

“Polypropylene develops and promotes toxicity once placed in the human body because the cells attack polypropylene as a foreign substance, which promotes a foreign body response resulting in complications,” states the lawsuit.

The plaintiff alleges that the hernia mesh failed to properly incorporate into the abdominal wall as well.

This causes the mesh to separate and migrate through the body, posing dangerous medical complications to patients.

The Food and Drug Administration has received numerous complaints about the hernia mesh, alleges the lawsuit.

The plaintiff says that the medical device companies were allowed to skip pre-market clinical studies for the mesh and failed to conduct research intended to ensure the safety of patients who were implanted with the toxic hernia mesh.


The lawsuit alleges that the Physiomesh and Ventralex are defective and toxic to patients in a number of ways:

  • Polypropylene is toxic in the human body and reacts to human tissues or other human bodily contents adversely;
  • The light-weight polypropylene mesh is weak and prone to tearing and disintegration;
  • The dual coating of Physiomesh Composite Mesh does not allow adequate incorporation into the abdominal wall;
  • Physiomesh Composite Mesh is defective in construction, composition, chemical, material, physical properties, mechanical properties, biomechanical properties, elasticity, and engineering;
  • The design of Physiomesh Composite Mesh is more dangerous and less effective than other meshes or methods for hernia repair and causes injury;
  • Polypropylene surgical mesh harbors infections that adversely affect human tissues and patient health;
  • Polypropylene surgical mesh migrates from the location of implantation adversely affecting human tissues or other human bodily contents and patient health;
  • The medical device makers failed to provide adequate warning of the numerous side effects, complications, and contraindications of Physiomesh Composite Mesh; and
  • The toxic hernia mesh not a safe and effective treatment for hernias as represented by the device makers.

Toxic hernia mesh causes a number of problems like pain, inflammation, infection, intestinal problems, skin problems, and flu-like symptoms.

The Toxic Hernia Mesh Lawsuit is Case No. 2:18-cv-02014, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Western Division.

If you have been implanted with toxic hernia mesh products, consider contacting McDonald Worley for a case evaluation. Our experienced attorneys are currently evaluating hernia mesh claims.

Disclaimer: McDonald Worley is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.


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