Pharmaceutical

Four medical devices that can maim women

mesh1 Four medical devices that can maim womenMedical devices are designed to help improve quality of life, but these four products have been linked to serious injuries and even death in women, resulting in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Transvaginal mesh – This surgical mesh is implanted through the vagina to hold up organs that have fallen due to age, childbirth or obesity, resulting in conditions known as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Transvaginal mesh, also known as bladder slings, are designed to curtail symptoms such as pain, discomfort and incontinence. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the mesh has been associated with thousands of complications including the mesh eroding and protruding out of the vaginal tissue and in some cases perforating organs, causing chronic and disabling pain, infections, and urinary problems.

Mirena IUD – The Mirena intrauterine device, made by Bayer, is a flexible T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix where it prevents pregnancy for up to five years. The device has been linked to serious adverse side effects and potentially life-threatening complications including organ perforation, migration of the IUD outside the uterus, expulsion of the IUD, and embedment in the uterus. Surgery is often required to remove Mirena IUDs that have migrated from their intended position, leaving some women sterile.

Power Morcellators – These surgical tools are used to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) laparoscopically. They are fitted with a tube-like blade that minces uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. In April, the FDA urged doctors to stop using power morcellators because they could spread previously undetected uterine cancer, known as uterine sarcoma, making the disease more difficult to treat and worsening the odds of survival.

Essure – The only FDA-approved non-surgical permanent birth control method, Essure, is also made by Bayer. The coil inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes where they form a scar tissue barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the egg, and thus preventing pregnancy. Since it was approved in 2002, Essure has been linked to tens of thousands of adverse events, including migration of the device from its intended position, leading to perforation of the fallopian tube or uterine wall and embedment in other organs requiring surgical removal and in some cases hysterectomy. Other adverse events include severe pain, allergic reactions and infections.

Source: Righting Injustice