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?

Ethicon is one of Johnson & Johnson’s manufacturers. They develop medical devices that are used for surgical procedures.

What is Physiomesh® Flexible Composite Mesh?

One of the medical solutions Ethicon has designed is a flexible composite 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: In May 2016, Ethicon pulled their Physiomesh® Flexible Composite Mesh from the global market.


Why was it recalled?

Multiple studies showed the mesh was defective and unsafe. Since then, many patients that 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.