A Georgia woman has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary, Ethicon, after her intestines pushed through their hernia repair mesh device, Mass Tort Nexus reports.
Connie Franklin and her husband, Marvin Franklin, are accusing the companies of negligence, failure to warn, defective design, as well as loss of consortium.
Franklin was implanted with a Physiomesh device measuring 20 cm by 25 cm in an attempt to repair an incisional hernia. Franklin said after the surgery she experienced severe pain as well as nausea and vomiting. On Aug. 1, 2016, she underwent an additional surgery for the hernia that recurred.
The lawsuit states, “The central portion of the Physiomesh device was not incorporated into the abdominal wall and loops of Ms. Franklin’s intestines were protruding through the ruptured central portion of the mesh, and she suffered an intestinal obstruction. The mesh was densely adhered to the loops of Ms. Franklin’s intestines.”
Physiomesh is known for its unique five layers. The main layer is made of polypropylene mesh, coated on both sides by polydioxanone film (PDS), which is then coated by polyglecaprone-25 (“Monocryl”) film.
The lawsuit adds, “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 surgery required to detach the mesh from her intestines and remove it completely was excruciating and tedious. The procedure was only partially successful.
“Ms. Franklin underwent a prolonged surgical procedure to attempt to remove the Physiomesh from her intestines and to remove the mesh that failed to incorporate into the abdominal facsia,” the lawsuit states. “Portions of the Physiomesh could not be removed, and remain in Ms. Franklin’s body.”