Nearly 400 Australian women have filed transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in what may be the biggest product liability class action lawsuit in Australian history. The women claim the company’s surgical mesh product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence caused them to suffer chronic or life threatening injuries.
Trish Sara joined the lawsuit after suffering complications leading to multiple surgeries during which she had to have part of her bowel removed. She was implanted with a bladder sling in 2008, confident that it would remedy her embarrassing urinary incontinence. However, from the moment she woke from the surgery she was in pain. “From then on it just gradually got continually worse,” she told ABC Newcastle.
Her pain became severe and soon she began having problems with her bowels and difficulty walking. Her surgeon tried to trim the mesh to alleviate the symptoms but the problems persisted. It wasn’t until her surgeon removed the mesh that her suffering began to subside.
“I think it was wrong that this product was put on the market and wasn’t tested properly,” Trish said. “The damage that it’s done to me, I’m sure has been done to other women.”
Johnson & Johnson is just one of several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products that are facing lawsuits from women who claim to have been injured by the devices. Medical device regulators around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have warned that complications with transvaginal mesh are not uncommon and have caused some women to undergo multiple surgeries. Injuries caused by the mesh can be debilitating and result in lifelong consequences.
Source: ABC Newcastle