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Reported transvaginal mesh injuries lead to creation of non-profit support group

On October 20, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public health notification concerning the serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh in repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The FDA’s notification informed the public of the possible health risks associated with the treatment, recommended steps for physicians, and how to report an issue that has occurred because of surgical mesh. Despite the warnings released in 2008, the FDA reported in 2010 that around 300,000 women underwent surgeries to repair POP using the controversial product. Around 80 percent of 260,000 surgeries ... Read More

Maine woman sues makers of transvaginal mesh

Dory Ames from Maine is one of the latest women to file a lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal mesh claiming the device caused serious injuries. Manufacturers of these bladder slings face tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging the companies marketed the devices knowing they were defective and could cause harm to women. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped or protruded due to childbirth, age, weight gain, or ... Read More

Female incontinence treatment linked to serious complications

More than 20 million women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence, but devices intended to remedy the problem are at the center of thousands of lawsuits by women who claim the treatments ruined their lives. Jennifer Ramirez says her incontinence wasn’t a serious problem for her. She opted to have transvaginal mesh implanted to keep the problem from getting worse following a hysterectomy. Now, she lives in constant pain. Just talking about it brings her to tears. “Now my life has to revolve around having a restroom right there because when you have to go, you have to ... Read More

Woman awarded $1.2 million in transvaginal mesh injury lawsuit

A woman was awarded $1.2 million after a Texas jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for design defects in one of its transvaginal mesh devices that caused the plaintiff to suffer pelvic injuries. Linda Batiste, 64, claimed she suffered complications when her TVT-O bladder sling eroded inside her body. It was the first verdict against Johnson & Johnson involving its TVT-O device. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have prolapsed, or dropped, ... Read More

Childbirth a leading cause of pelvic organ prolapse

Women who give birth vaginally are more likely to develop pelvic organ prolapse during the first year after childbirth than women who have cesarean sections, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that during the labor and delivery process, the pelvic floor relaxes but does not recover its former support during the year after birth. This relaxing of the pelvic muscles does not occur in women who do not labor and have C-sections. Women who labor but ultimately have a C-section are still at risk for pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ ... Read More

Time may be running out for lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers

Thousands of lawsuits against six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been filed and more are expected as a two-year statute of limitations in many states approaches. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. The mesh is inserted through the vagina and works like a hammock to hold up organs that have dropped. In July 13, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that 10 percent of women who had received transvaginal mesh experienced a complication ... Read More

Cook Medical vaginal mesh products may be added to multidistrict litigation

Claims against Cook Medical, Inc. and its vaginal mesh products may soon join lawsuits consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia. The cases currently involve transvaginal mesh devices made by companies including Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), and C.R. Bard. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is implanted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed, causing symptoms such as pain, discomfort, incontinence, and painful sexual intercourse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh victim says she would never have had surgery if she had known the risks

Lynne Thyne, a 52-year-old mother of two teenagers, one of whom has muscular dystrophy with associated learning difficulties, says she would never have taken a risk with her health due to her family commitments. Yet, following a hysterectomy with a procedure to have her bladder lifted because of a pelvic floor disorder caused by childbirth, Thyne was told she had been implanted with surgical mesh. It was the first she had heard of transvaginal mesh, a device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed. “I do not recall ... Read More

Women say transvaginal mesh left them in worse shape than before surgery

Lynn Waits experienced severe pain and bleeding immediately after surgery in 2008 where she was implanted with transvaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic collapse caused by childbirth. The incision doctors made next to her vagina never fully healed and in 2010, as her health continued to deteriorate, she went to a new doctor who removed the mesh. But removing the mesh didn’t cure Lynn of the symptoms. She still has aches and pains, and her sex life is nonexistent. Kathy Barton said she felt like razors were slicing her internal organs after she was implanted with the mesh ... Read More

European report shows adverse events with vaginal mesh greater than other procedures

Surgical techniques using vaginal meshes to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can cause serious adverse events, and doctors should inform their patients of the potential risks associated with the devices, according to a report complied by York Health Economics Consortium on behalf of the United Kingdom’s health authority. The summaries included in the report were developed using data from systematic reviews of the effects and safety of vaginal slings and meshes, published in the past decade. The following outcomes were examined – pain persisting after six months, mesh exposure, sexual problems following the procedure, and procedures to ... Read More