September 26, 2016 — A lawsuit filed by a man who was seriously injured by the Physiomesh hernia patch is set for trial in January 2018.
The lawsuit (PDF) has been assigned to an 18-month track and will go to trial before Judge J. Phil Gilbert on January 22, 2018.
The plaintiff is Matthew Huff, a man from Illinois who was implanted with Physiomesh while being treated for an abdominal hernia in 2013.
In July 2015, he experienced severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, chills, and redness. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with an infection in and around the mesh, causing two abscesses and an intestinal fistula. He required surgery to debride the abscesses.
After being treated for the infection, he was left with two open abdominal wounds that had to be cleaned and packed daily. He continues to suffer from various health problems.
The case was filed on April 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois — In Re: Matthew Huff v. Ethicon, Inc. — Case No. 3:16-cv-00368.
In May 2016, Ethicon issued a market withdrawal for Physiomesh after two large studies in Germany and Denmark found higher rates of hernias re-opening (called “recurrence”) and requiring additional surgery compared to other hernia mesh products.
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