March 9, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm Ethicon Hernia Mesh RecalledJohnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit voluntarily recalled its Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite hernia mesh in May 2016. J&J’s review of unpublished hernia databases in Germany and Denmark revealed that Physiomesh® failed at higher rates compared to other, similar hernia mesh products.What is Ethicon Physiomesh?Ethicon’s Physio Hernia Mesh is a flexible product made of polypropylene (plastic) woven into a fabric and laminated. Like all hernia repair meshes, it is used to repair the hernia by reinforcing the abdominal wall; it is also intended to prevent future hernias from occurring.Hernia mesh became a popular hernia treatment in the 1980s, and the FDA estimates that by the year 2000 90% of hernia surgeries involved the use of hernia mesh.Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite hernia mesh was approved for use in hernia repair in April, 2010, using the FDA’s 510(k) approval process. 510(k) clearance meant that Physiomesh® did not have to have FDA review or new safety studies, because Johnson & Johnson claimed that the product was “substantially similar” to Proceed hernia mesh, another product manufactured by Ethicon. Proceed hernia mesh was recalled by Ethicon a few months later in October of 2010 for delamination (separation into layers after implantation).Ethicon Physiomesh ComplicationsThe following complications have been reported in patients implanted with Ethicon Physio Hernia Mesh:PainSwellingTissues that sticks together (Adhesions)Blockage of large or small intestine (Obstruction)Mesh migrationBacterial infectionHernia recurrenceAdditional surgery to treat hernia recurrenceWhat Can You Do?If you or a loved one has been injured after being implanted with Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite hernia mesh, you may have a claim for damages. Contact the defective medical device specialists at Thornton Law Firm for a free, confidential evaluation of your legal rights at 1-888-341-1405. Or tell us your story here for a free and thorough evaluation of your legal rights.Trust our Massachusetts defective medical device attorneys to helpContact Thornton Law Firm’s drug and medical device specialist Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick online or at 1-888-341-1405 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in Massachusetts defective drug and medical device litigation. The consultation is completely confidential. We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.