Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Ethicon, Inc.’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is a hernia mesh patch used in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. In 2016, the device was pulled from the global market after data indicated that it was associated with higher rates of hernia recurrence and revision compared to other meshes.

Attorneys Investigating Possible Physiomesh Hernia Repair Complications

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating complications that may be associated with Physiomesh hernia repair involving Ethicon’s flexible composite mesh product. If you or a loved one experienced a hernia recurrence following laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh Patch, or if you underwent revision surgery due to other complications, please call (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your possible legal options.

Minimally-Invasive Ventral Hernia Repair

Ventral hernias occur in the abdominal wall, often at the site of a previous surgery. During laparoscopic (minimally-invasive) ventral hernia repair, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen, which allows access the site of the hernia. Minimally invasive procedures may involve the use of Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh or a similar device to reinforce the abdominal wall.

Complications potentially associated with laparoscopic hernia repair (with or without mesh) include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion (scar-like tissue that causes tissue to stick together)
  • Obstruction of the large or small intestine
  • Bleeding
  • Fistula (abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines)
  • Seroma (fluid build-up at the surgical site)
  • Perforation ( hole in nearby tissue or organs)

Common issues that may follow laparoscopic hernia repair with mesh include:

  • Pain
  • infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh contraction (shrinkage)

In October 2016, a study published in JAMA suggested that the nefits associated with mesh-based ventral incisional hernia repair may be offset by the potential for mesh-related complications. The authors of the study followed 3,242 Danish patients who had elective incisional hernia repairs from January 2007 to December 2010. A comparison of mesh repairs (either open or laparoscopic) versus open surgeries without mesh revealed that the mesh patients had a lower risk of hernia recurrence at five-year follow-up. However, the cumulative incidence of mesh-related complications was higher ( 5.6 percent for patients who underwent open mesh hernia repair and 3.7 percent for patients who underwent laparoscopic mesh repair) compared to the complication rate among those who underwent non-mesh repair (0.8 percent). Read More

 Ethicon Withdraws Physiomesh Used in Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

In 2016, Ethicon announced a worldwide market withdrawal of the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh product after data from two European hernia registries suggested that it was associated with higher rates of revision and recurrence compared to similar products.

“Based on the currently available data, Ethicon believes the higher rates to be a multifactorial issue (including possible product characteristics, operative and patient factors), but has not been able to fully characterize these factors,” the company said in its May 2016 notification.

Physiomesh Lawsuit Consultations

Free, no-obligation legal reviews are now being offered to patients who required revision surgery following laparoscopic hernia repair with Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. To discuss your case with a member of our legal staff, please call (888) 994-5118.

Last Modified: September 15, 2017

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