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Transvaginal mesh became a crippling nightmare for Australian family

Years ago, Australian citizen Julie Davis had envisioned her perfect life. She would travel around the world, find the husband of her dreams, and settle down to start a family. Everything went according to plan until Mrs. Davis underwent surgery to correct a severe case of bladder prolapse that developed after the birth of her first child 10 years ago. Mrs. Davis had to wait until after all of her children were born to repair her prolapse, which in her case was so severe the bladder extruded outside the body. When she was ready, her surgeon attached polypropylene transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Use of transvaginal mesh to correct POP declined since FDA’s 2011 warning

Did the U.S. Food and Drug’s Administration’s (FDA) warning about the risks associated with using transvaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) have any impact on surgical practices? According to a recent survey of nearly 300 specialists, use of transvaginal mesh to repair recurring POP has been declining since the FDA issued the warning in July 2011. Dr. Catherine Matthews of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her team of researchers presented their survey findings at the American Urogynecologic Society’s 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.  Of the 281 physicians who responded to the survey, which ... Read More

New study finds transvaginal mesh offers no advantages but plenty of risks

A thorough review of the surgical methods used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration, found that there is no clear advantage in using transvaginal mesh over more conventional “native tissue repairs” in correcting pelvic organ prolapse and its complications. The review, presented at the International Urogynecological Association’s 2012 annual meeting in Brisbane, Australia, found that transvaginal mesh “also carries with it an increased risk of intervention in the short term.” According to lead author Christopher Maher, MD, the “downside” of using transvaginal mesh includes “increased perioperative morbidity, post operative stress urinary incontinence (SUI), increased complications, ... Read More

Canadian woman seeks $5 million-plus for ‘permanent and debilitating’ transvaginal mesh injuries

A Canadian woman who was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device 10 years ago is seeking millions of dollars from the manufacturer of the mesh and its distributor  alleging the device has destroyed her quality of life and left her in constant pain. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Joanne, a resident of Winnipeg, Canada, is suing Covidien, a medical equipment and supply company, and Tyco Healthcare Group Canada ULC. Tyco Healthcare became Covidien in 2007 after breaking off from the corporate conglomerate Tyco International. Joanne is seeking $5 million in damages for her mesh injuries, claiming the defective device has ... Read More

New study finds removal of transvaginal mesh may pose further injury

A new study published in the September issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology warns that women who experience complications from transvaginal mesh devices may be putting themselves at risk for further injury and complications by opting to have the mesh surgically removed. The report, prepared by the Mayo Clinic and and Spectrum Health Medical Group in Michigan, offers little comfort to the thousands of women experiencing intensely painful and debilitating transvaginal mesh injuries. Because transvaginal mesh devices are designed with thin polypropylene mesh to become integrated with surrounding tissue, complete removal can be very tricky, if not impossible. ... Read More

Arkansas couple sues Boston Scientific over transvaginal mesh injuries

An Arkansas couple’s lawsuit against Boston Scientific for injuries allegedly caused by the company’s Tape Obtryx System demonstrates another potential risk posed by transvaginal mesh devices: inflammation triggered by the body’s rejection of the composites used to make the mesh device. According to the lawsuit, Debra was implanted with the Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh device in December 2009 to correct problems associated with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition generally brought about by age and childbirth and marked by weakened pelvic muscles. Women with SUI typically experience unexpected leaking whenever pressure is applied to the bladder from ordinary actions, such ... Read More

Georgia woman sues three manufacturers over transvaginal mesh injuries

A Georgia woman has filed a lawsuit against three manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products over severe injuries she alleges were caused by propylene mesh devices she had implanted in April 2006. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), conditions usually brought about by childbirth and age and characterized by weakened pelvic muscles, which can affect the position and function of the bladder, uterus, intestines, and other pelvic organs. The plaintiff’s physician corrected these problems by implanting a Gynecare Prolift Total Pelvic Floor Repair System made by Johnson & Johnson, a ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh demonstrates how corporations overpower regulators for profit

The number of women who claim they are being injured by transvaginal mesh devices, and the severity of their injuries, has many victims and their families wondering how such potentially dangerous medical products were approved for use. Were the devices properly evaluated before they hit the market? Is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doing its job to protect consumers from potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices? Consumer and safety experts have strongly criticized the FDA’s 510k approval process, which has allowed transvaginal mesh devices and many other medical products to glide through the agency’s approval procedures with little ... Read More

Younger women experience urinary incontinence, too

Most people assume that urinary incontinence is something that affects mostly older women or women who have undergone childbirth, but a new study suggests that young women and women who have never been pregnant suffer from the condition as well. They’re just less apt to talk about it. For the study, researchers asked just more than 1,000 women aged 16 to 22 to complete questionnaires about urinary incontinence during routine activities or sports, psychological well-being, physical activity, and health. Unlike previous studies, age, weight, physical activity, or past urinary tract infections had no bearing on whether a woman reported urinary ... Read More

Jury awards plaintiff $5.5 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

A jury has awarded a California woman $5.5 million for complications and injuries she suffered as a result of being implanted with transvaginal mesh devices. The case was the first personal injury claim involving transvaginal mesh to go to trial. The plaintiff, a 53-year-old resident of Bakersfield, California, had two polypropylene mesh devices made by C.R. Bard implanted in 2008 to treat her occasional urinary incontinence. Instead of improving her condition, however, the transvaginal mesh cut into her colon and surrounding tissue. The plaintiff underwent eight surgeries and nine additional procedures to remove the mesh, but surgeons haven’t been able ... Read More