Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Side Effects

Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Side Effects

Physiomesh hernia mesh, made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, is used to repair ventral hernias. In May 2016, a global recall was issued for Physiomesh as a result of an undetermined combination of factors which led to a high rate of hernia recurrence. Hernia recurrence linked to recalled Physiomesh mesh subjects patients to pain, suffering, and complications and also necessitates subsequent surgical procedures with a diminishing chance of success.

According to our experienced dangerous medical device attorneys, individuals who have suffered as a result of Physiomesh hernia mesh side effects may be owed compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial damages. We are currently investigating Physiomesh side effect lawsuits in all 50 states.

Physiomesh for Hernia Repair

A ventral hernia is a complication of roughly 10% of all abdominal surgeries. When the muscles of the abdominal wall become weakened, usually at an incision site, a hole may form and organs or tissues may bulge through this opening.

In some cases, the opening of a ventral hernia is small enough that it can be closed with a few stitches. In more extreme cases, however, it is often necessary for a surgeon to gently move bulging organs or tissues back into position and then sew a hernia repair patch like the Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh over the opening. This provides support to the weakened abdominal wall muscles with the goal of preventing a ventral hernia recurrence.

Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Side Effects, Risks and Complications

There are a number of complications associated with Physiomesh hernia repair mesh, including but not limited to:


  • Mesh contraction
  • Mesh migration
  • Formation of adhesions, which bind organs together with scar tissue


Hernia Recurrence Risk with Physiomesh Hernia Mesh

All complications associated with Physiomesh hernia mesh are serious medical issues, but perhaps the most severe potential Physiomesh hernia mesh side effect—and the one which prompted a global recall—is the risk of hernia recurrence.

If the implantation of Physiomesh hernia mesh is not successful or if the mesh contracts or migrates out of position, a patient’s ventral hernia may re-open. This is referred to as recurrence, and the only way to repair a recurred hernia is through surgery. Not only does this subject patients to the general risks associated with all surgical procedures, but it may also create new weaknesses in the abdominal wall muscles through which additional hernias may form.

Every time a patient undergoes surgery to repair a hernia, the chances of success diminish. This means that with every subsequent operation, the patient’s prognosis worsens.

Side effects of hernia recurrence may include:


  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Abscesses
  • Fistulas
  • Intestinal blockage


Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Recall

Due to a high rate of hernia recurrence reported by large, independent hernia registries in Denmark and Germany, Johnson & Johnson issued a global recall of Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh in May 2016. In an Urgent Field Safety Notice, J&J stated that they were unable to determine the multifactorial causes of Physiomesh side effects and hernia recurrence. As a result, it was impossible to assist surgeons with the prevention of Physiomesh hernia recurrence or proper management of affected patients.

Did you Suffer from Physiomesh Side Effects?

Physiomesh hernia mesh side effects and hernia recurrence are painful, costly to treat, and may create a need for life-long medical monitoring and care. Through a Physiomesh lawsuit, our experienced attorneys can help injured patients and their loved ones pursue compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages. If you believe you may be entitled to compensation after suffering Physiomesh side effects, we encourage you to contact us today for a free and confidential legal consultation.