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Couple awarded millions in first transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Medical device maker C.R. Bard was ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages to a woman and her husband who claimed the company’s vaginal mesh implant caused her to suffer pain and injury. The lawsuit is the first of hundreds filed against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh to go to trial. The plaintiff received Bard’s Avaulta Plus vaginal implant, a surgical mesh product used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The conditions can cause urinary incontinence, painful sexual intercourse, and general discomfort. To treat the condition, surgical mesh is implanted vaginally and positioned ... Read More

Metal-on-metal implants responsible for most artificial-hip complaints

Nearly three-quarters – or 12,137 – of complaints made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 regarding artificial hips involved a recalled metal-on-metal hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, the agency reported. The recall, issued in 2010, involved the DePuy ASR XL Acetabulator Hip Replacement System. But that wasn’t the only metal-on-metal hip implant to cause problems. Metal-on-metal artificial hips from all manufacturers generated about twice the number of complaints in 2011 than implants made with plastic or ceramic parts. The report was announced this week during a review of all-metal hip implants by ... Read More

FDA advisory panel to review safety of all-metal hip implants

The safety of metal-on-metal hip implants will come under review by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel this week. The all-metal artificial hips made by companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Zimmer Holdings have been the source of numerous lawsuits by patients who claim the devices were defective and caused them injury. The metal devices have been associated with nearly 16,800 adverse events in the United States from 2000-2011. Artificial hips are typically made with ceramic or plastic parts, but last decade manufacturers began making the devices with all metal parts. It was thought that the devices ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh maker pulls device as lawsuits mount

Johnson & Johnson says it is not recalling its controversial transvaginal mesh devices, but it does plan to discontinue sales of four of the products over the next three to nine months. The consumer health care giant sent a letter about the phase out to judges who are overseeing lawsuits against the company from women who allege they suffered injuries after being implanted with the mesh. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and sudden urinary incontinence (SUI). It is sometimes referred to as a ... Read More

Some urinary incontinence treatments are safer than others

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem that affects an estimated 15 million women in the United States. It is the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs during periods of stress, such as sneezing, laughter, or heavy lifting. SUI is caused by a number of factors including urinary tract infection, obesity, smoking, diabetes, excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine, and sports such as running or tennis. It can be embarrassing, but treatment is available. Women who are considering a procedure to treat their SUI should seriously consider their options, as some procedures have been found to be safer than ... Read More

Another lawsuit filed against makers of transvaginal mesh

Susana Franklin says a device intended to relieve a minor medical annoyance ended up ruining her life, and now she has joined hundreds of women who have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device. In 2007, under the advice of her doctor, Susana was implanted with a type of surgical mesh to treat urinary incontinence. The mesh is a common treatment for pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted into the vagina and used to shore up organs that have prolapsed, or dropped, due to obesity, childbirth or age. But the ... Read More

Women should consider risks with transvaginal mesh

Surgical mesh plays a significant role in the successful management of certain pelvic floor disorders but women should be aware of the problems that can occur with the mesh and take measures to minimize their risk, recommends Dr. Lesley K. Carr, urologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery. Transvaginal mesh is a device that is used to treat conditions such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh is used to shore up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed, causing symptoms such as urinary incontinence, pain during intercourse, ... Read More

Canadian woman files bladder sling lawsuit

Jane Dowdall had no idea she would end up in so much pain following surgery to fix her urinary incontinence. “The pain is like a migraine headache… from knees to naval,” she told CTV. “Sometimes it’s a burning, sometimes it is a sharp pain.” Jane underwent a TVT-O, or Tension Free Vaginal Tape – Obturator, procedure. The method of securing the mesh to the body is through the Obturator Foramen, a hole created by the ischium and pubis bones of the pelvis through with nerves and muscles pass. It is a type of transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder ... Read More

Hundreds of Australians join artificial hip class action lawsuit

Hundreds of Australians have joined a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after receiving artificial hips deemed to be defective. The claim is estimated to be worth about $200 million. The lawsuits were filed by patients such as Stuart Cain, who in 2007 received a hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics. The implant was made with metal-on-metal parts designed to be more durable and last longer than traditional plastic or ceramic implants. But three years after receiving artificial hip, Stuart learned that DePuy had recalled the all-metal hip implants because they were failing at a ... Read More

Study finds Enbrel is not an effective back pain treatment

A new back pain medication, initially hailed to be a breakthrough in safe pain management, was found to be no more effective in treating back pain over time than other pain treatments, according to a study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Back pain affects nearly two-thirds of Americans and is the leading cause of disability in people 45 years of age and younger. Treatment for sciatica, or pain that radiates from the back into the buttocks and legs, typically involves epidural steroid injections that don’t always dull the pain and can put patients at risk for ... Read More