Ethicon Physiomesh is a flexible, composite, macroporous, and partially absorbable mesh made of non-absorbable polypropylene by Johnson & Johnson. FDA approved the use of Ethicon Physiomesh in March 2010 for repair of hernias and other fascial deficiencies that require the addition of a strengthening or bridging material to obtain the desired surgical result. A hernia is a condition which occurs when an organ, intestine, and/or tissue squeezes through a hole or weak point in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. The number of hernia repair operations performed every year in the USA is remarkable.
Despite the already existing mesh implants in the market, the sale of Ethicon Physiomesh increased after the FDA approval as it was promoted as a physiologically well-designed device, offering strong and comfortable healing and giving an exceptional intraoperative handling benefit. But within a few years, Ethicon globally recalled the Physiomesh after thoroughly considering the data which was revealed out of Hernia registries.
More than 1000 lawsuits have been filed as Ethicon Physiomesh was found to cause too many issues, increasing the rate of a recurrent hernia and repeat surgeries.