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Strengthen your pelvic floor with new app that turns kegel exercise into a game

In a recent video, the host of Refinery 29’s series Femme Ed, Laura Willcox, learned how kegel exercises can strengthen a woman’s pelvic floor and why this is so important for many women. “Why should a woman concern herself with strengthening her pelvic floor or doing kegels? What’s the upside here?” Willcox asked pelvic floor expert Jill Hoefs. “A lot of women do it because either they’re leaking [urine] on themselves or because they feel like their organs are going to fall out of their body,” Hoefs replied to a shuddering Willcox. Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, the ... Read More

Jury finds Ethicon negligent in latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon Inc. was slapped with a $5.5 million verdict over claims that the company’s transvaginal mesh was defective and caused injuries to an Indiana woman. The case was the first among 180 in the mass tort program in Philadelphia to go to trial. Plaintiff Patricia Hammons claimed Ethicon’s Prolift transvaginal mesh implant eroded inside her body, causing shards of mesh to embed into her bladder. The injury left her with dyspareunia, a condition in which sexual intercourse is painful or difficult. She claimed she was left feeling less of a woman and lives in fear of ... Read More

More lawsuits added to Ethicon transvaginal mesh MDL

More than 60 lawsuits claiming Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon Inc., manufactured and marketed defectively designed transvaginal mesh devices will be added to one of seven similar multidistrict litigations (MDL) in West Virginia federal court despite protests from plaintiffs. Plaintiffs from the Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Kentucky and the Central District of California brought up various arguments including the MDL being too far along for new plaintiffs to enter. “While the relative merits of transferring new tag-along actions to an MDL can change over time, plaintiffs have not demonstrated that transfer would not promote the just and ... Read More

New study investigates complications with transvaginal mesh

Women who have received transvaginal mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence had a 1 in 30 chance of suffering complications requiring the removal of the device or the need to undergo further surgery within 10 years. And women who received additional transvaginal mesh after the failure of the initial mesh were five times more likely to suffer complications requiring more surgery, according to a new research. The study, conducted by researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, is the first to gauge the rate of mesh removal or revision among Canadian women. It involved data from more than ... Read More

FDA clears new transvaginal mesh device despite warnings, lawsuits

Thousands of lawsuits have been waged against the makers of transvaginal mesh and the public has been warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that serious complications with these devices are “not uncommon.” However, the FDA is still clearing more pelvic mesh products for use in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Caldera Medical announced that it gained FDA approval for an improved Vertessa Lite mesh, which the company says is “lightweight, flexible and strong for sacrocolpopexy (pelvic organ prolapse repair) procedures.” Vertessa Lite mesh is made with larger pores and lightweight mesh designed to ... Read More

Montgomery doctor advises women to consider risks with transvaginal mesh

Montgomery, Ala., physician Dr. Jefferson Underwood is encouraging women to consider other options besides transvaginal mesh to treat specific gynecological problems. Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that looks like a fishing net. It is usually made of metal, fiber or pastic. The mesh was first used in the late 1950s for hernia repairs to keep internal organs from bulging through the surgical incision after surgery. Fast forward 20 years, and surgeons began using the mesh to treat specific pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary ... Read More

Judge upholds expert witnesses limit in transvaginal mesh cases

Plaintiffs in a C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation consolidated in federal court were told by a West Virginia federal judge that they could only call three expert witnesses per case, a standard that was established during a pre-trial order last July. Plaintiffs had argued that limiting their experts to three could prevent them from showing burden of proof. In some cases, they argued, they may need more variety in experts, such as a pathologist, a materials expert, a causation expert (such as a gynecologist or urologist), and a specialist in pelvic pain. But the arguments didn’t sway Judge Goodwin, ... Read More

Bard on verge of settlement in transvaginal mesh case

C.R. Bard and a woman who claims she was injured by the medical device maker’s defective transvaginal mesh are on the verge of a settlement, just days before the lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial. Debra Wise’s lawsuit was part of a federal multidistrict litigation in West Virginia. The “pending settlement” was signed off on by U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, and the case was ordered off the active docket in the litigation. Wise’s lawsuit was originally filed in West Virginia state court in the Circuit Court of Cabell County before it was transferred to the federal multidistrict litigation. ... Read More

FDA aims to improve medical device oversight

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an extensive report on how the agency aims to modernize is surveillance of medical devices to help ensure patient safety and increase manufacturer liability. The report comes in the wake of litigation over injuries caused by faulty medical devices from metal-on-metal hip implants to transvaginal mesh. The report, commissioned by the FDA and prepared by an expert panel of representatives from agencies, organizations and corporations, involves the implementation of the agency’s new unique device identifiers, or UDIs. The system is intended to assign a unique identifier to medical devices by the year ... Read More

Lawsuit filed against makers of transvaginal mesh

Anne M. Klene underwent several procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence during which transvaginal mesh was used, but she claims the devices were defective and caused her to develop hyper-inflammatory responses resulting in lifelong pain. She and her husband Richard T. Klene have filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of her transvaginal mesh claiming the companies were negligent and fraudulent in designing and marketing a defective medical device. The Klene’s lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Boston Scientific Corporation, Boston Scientific Sales, Mentor Worldwide, and Johnson & Johnson. Their lawsuit seeks compensatory and ... Read More