An Illinois resident is claiming the mesh used to repair his hernia is a defective device, and is suing the manufacturer.
The Madison Record details that Gary Goodson filed a lawsuit on May 22 at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Johnson & Johnson as well as its subsidiary, Ethicon, the makers of Goodson’s hernia mesh.
According to Goodson, he was implanted with a hernia mesh device called Physiomesh at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. It was intended to promote healing of his recurrent ventral incisional hernia. Goodson claims the mesh device has resulted in constant complications, and referred to Physiomesh as “dangerous and defective.” He will need revision surgery to hopefully correct the complications.
Physiomesh is unique in that it is made up of distinct layers. It is unlike other hernia repair products sold in the U.S.
“The multi-layer coating was represented and promoted by the Defendants to prevent or minimize adhesion and inflammation and to facilitate incorporation of the mesh into the body, but it did not,” the lawsuit states. “Instead the multi-layer coating prevented adequate incorporation of the mesh into the body and caused or contributed to an intense inflammatory and chronic foreign body response resulting in an adverse tissue reaction including migration and damage to surrounding tissue in the form of sclerotic, granulomatous and/or fibrotic tissue and improper healing.”
Goodson further alleges the layers of coating, essentially impenetrable, prevent the escape of fluids, which results in a “breeding ground for bacteria,” potentially causing infection. His lawsuit points out that the mesh is unable to sustain normal abdominal pressures and movement, saying the layers can adhere to organs as well, which could damage them.