New Zealander Shereen Moloney was a decade from retirement and working down her mortgage in 2008 when she underwent surgery to have a hernia repaired. The surgery involved the implantation of a type of surgical mesh to repair her bulging intestines. But not long after surgery, she began experiencing a “burning” pain and loss of feeling in her abdomen.
The pain got worse – crippling even. By 2009, she had no choice but to quit her well-paying job and undergo treatment and surgeries to manage her pain. Her family’s plan to pay off their mortgage was sabotaged because she had to pay the escalating cost of medical treatment without her income.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon markets a hernia repair kit called Physiomesh. About 330,000 of these hernia mesh products have been sold worldwide, with about half sold in the U.S. The mesh has been linked to serious complications including hernia recurrence, mesh migration, fistulas, mesh shrinkage, mesh bunching, inflammatory response, and the need to remove the mesh. In some cases, the mesh has damaged surrounding tissue and nerves, with reports of permanent damage, chronic pain, and in some cases, death, linked to the device.
At least 92 lawsuits alleging injuries from Ethicon’s Physiomesh were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. Those suing allege that Ethicon did not adequately warn of the risks associated with hits hernia repair kit.
Source: Stuff NZ