Ethicon’s Physiomesh Recall: What You Need to Know

If you’ve had hernia surgery within the past 7 years or so, you should know the facts behind Ethicon’s Physiomesh® Flexible Composite Mesh recall.


Who is Ethicon?

This entity is one of Johnson & Johnson’s manufacturers, known for developing medical devices that are used in various surgical procedures. They play a key role in producing a range of surgical tools and equipment that cater to different medical needs.

What is Physiomesh®?

One of the medical solutions designed is a flexible surgical mesh. Surgeons use the mesh to bind together tissues that have been torn because of a hernia. (A hernia is when “an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue.” Source: WebMD.com) In May 2016, this specific flexible mesh was pulled from the global market.

Ethicon's Physiomesh

Why was it recalled?

Multiple studies showed the mesh was defective and unsafe. Since then, many patients who received the mesh have either had hernia recurrence or further complications, including additional surgery. Some other warning signs of hernia mesh failure include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Recurring hernia
  • Scar tissue sticking together (adhesion)
  • Holes in nearby tissue/organs
  • Migrating or shrinking mesh
  • Bowel movement issues

I’ve had hernia surgery and am experiencing some/all of the listed complications. What should I do?

If you or someone you know has had hernia surgery and is suffering due to a Physiomesh® malfunction, contact us at 205-631-4019. We can provide you with a free initial consultation and see if you qualify for financial compensation.