Physiomesh hernia implants may cause pain, infection and other serious injuries
Miami—In late 2018, the FDA announced a plan to overhaul the federal system for approving and tracking medical devices. The details and a timeline have yet to be announced, and there is early speculation that the reforms may never come to fruition.
But many surgeons have called for changes in medical device regulation, particularly at last spring's major international meeting of hernia surgeons, saying it could make surgery safer for patients.
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One of Britain’s most successful athletes was forced to sit out an entire Olympic cycle after suffering serious complications from mesh implants used to repair a minor hernia.
Dai Greene, a world champion hurdler who captained the Great Britain athletics team at the 2012 London Olympics, lost five years of his career after the surgery, which he was told would allow him to return to the track within weeks.
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William Dalton of Hancock was 73 in December 2013, when doctors first attempted to patch the hernia in his belly. But the mesh curled up and failed, and he was back in June 2014 to get another one. Six weeks later, that mesh became infected.
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The Swiss parent company of Atrium Medical Corp., Getinge, is facing nearly 900 hernia mesh lawsuits by people alleging their C-Qur™ surgical mesh is defective, and the company failed to warn of severe complications, and side effects from their hernia mesh implant.
Patients are seeking compensation for complications and injuries suffered after receiving Atrium’s C-Qur hernia mesh implants. The $200 million the company set aside is to cover the ongoing costs of litigation and future hernia mesh settlements.
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On April 1st, 2016, Matthew Huff filed a lawsuit in Illinois against Ethicon, alleging that the serious side affects he suffered after his 2013 hernia surgery were due to Ethicon Physiomesh. Mr. Huff experienced severe abdominal pain and was hospitalized with an infection in and around the mesh, which continues to cause serious side effects.
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A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Ethicon, a branch of Johnson & Johnson, regarding the company's Physiomesh product. After follow-up surgeries, parts of the mesh remain embedded in her abdomen, causing continuing problems.
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