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Transvaginal mesh victim lives in constant and extreme pain

“The pain is so bad that I sometimes go to sleep crying,” Rose Lucero told CBS4 News. “The pain is so bad that I stay up until 5 a.m. trying to let the pain just go away.” In 2008, Rose was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device to treat urinary incontinence. Three years later the pain came. It started in her back and grew progressively worse. Then it spread down her legs and into her feet, making simple chores practically impossible. “I have no life. I can’t do anything without being in pain,” she said. Rose is one of thousands ... Read More

Lawyers ask FDA to investigate DePuy after alleged wrongdoing surfaces in ASR hip trials

Lawyers representing patients allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants have called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and sold and subsequently recalled tens of thousands of defective metal ASR hips. The lawyers say new evidence emerged in testimony given during the first two bellwether personal-injury trials indicating DePuy broke federal laws when it concealed information that could have spared thousands of patients from injuries allegedly brought about by its ASR metal hip implants. That evidence had been sealed by court order until ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh company settles lawsuit just before trial begins

Just minutes before a transvaginal mesh bellwether case in multidistrict litigation (MDL) was to begin, the judge announced that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard had reached a settlement with defendants. The agreement comes less than a week after the company was ordered to pay $2 million in the first bellwether trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it represents just a drop in the bucket of litigation facing the medical device company related to its Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuits allege the mesh, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, caused internal injuries ... Read More

Canadian report reinforces dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants

Hip-replacement patients fitted with all-metal large-diameter modular implants, such as DePuy’s ASR hip devices, are more than three times likely to need to need their devices replace prematurely, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health information (CIHI). While the Canadian report doesn’t shed new light on the risks many metal-on-metal hip devices pose, it echoes the findings of many previous studies and reports that have found certain types of all-metal hip implants are, by design, prone to fail early and injure the patient. The CIHI based its conclusions on voluntary data for 56,942 hip-replacement surgeries performed ... Read More

DePuy recalls defective femur bone implant

DePuy Othopaedices, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is recalling an implant used to replace part or all of the femur bone. The device could fracture when exposed to normal weight loads while walking, which can cause pain, infection, loss of limb, neurovascular injury or the need for revision surgery. Patients heavier than 200 pounds and those who are highly active are at greater risk for fracture. DePuy has notified doctors and hospitals of the defect with the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component. The medical device company is also providing surgeons with a patient letter template for notifying their ... Read More

Lady Gaga reveals she was close to needing a full hip replacement

Lady Gaga was possibly one performance away from needing a full hip replacement after an injury forced her to postpone, then cancel, the remaining 22 gigs on her Born This Way Ball tour, the artist revealed in a recent interview. In February, Gaga’s tour company announced that she suffered from a “labral tear of the right hip,” which is essentially a tear of the cartilage that forms the outside socket of the hip joint. A labral tear is usually painful and immobilizing, but Gaga’s case turned out to be exceptionally severe, she told Women’s Wear Daily. “My injury was actually ... Read More

Many more revision surgeries occur in patients with all-metal hip implants

Nearly 75 percent of revision surgeries to remove and replace a hip replacement within five years of initial implantation occur in patients who received a metal-on-metal device, according to a Canadian study. Researchers pored through data involving 60,000 hip replacements performed across Canada between 2003 and 2011. They found that the need for revision surgery was greater in patients who had large-diameter modular metal-on-metal implants compared to patients who had more common plastic devices. Traditional hip replacement systems are made with ceramic or plastic parts, and can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. In the past ... Read More

New treatment for pelvic organ prolapse less risky than transvaginal mesh

Women who suffer from common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms including pain and incontinence. Unfortunately, in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the most popular surgical procedure used to treat the condition – a process in which surgical mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up prolapsed organs – was associated with a large number of complications. Problems involved the mesh eroding in tissue causing infections, pain, disability, and hemorrhaging. Some women had to undergo repeated surgeries to remove the mesh, and some ... 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

First New Jersey case alleging DePuy ASR hip injuries to start in October

The first of several hundred ASR-hip lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts against DePuy Orthopedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson has been scheduled to start October 21. The bellwether case, selected as a representative case to help the court and litigants understand how the rest of the litigation will proceed, will be heard before Judge Brian Marinotti in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Bergen County. More than 600 lawsuits against DePuy alleging injuries from its ASR metal hip implants are pending in New Jersey, where they have been consolidated for Multi-County Litigation (MCL). Johnson & Johnson ... Read More