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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

Antidepressant may be safer treatment for stress urinary incontinence

A drug used to treat depression may be a safer alternative for women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) than some other treatments, according to a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Duloxetine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression and general anxiety disorder, as well as pain and tingling caused by diabetic neuropathy, fibromylgia, and ongoing bone or muscle pain. It is in a class of medications called selective serotonin and norephinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine, natural substances in the brain that help ... 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

Hysterectomy patient “riled up” over transvaginal mesh injuries

A 77-year-old Indiana woman who was implanted with an Avaulta transvaginal mesh device following a hysterectomy cautions other women who are considering a surgical mesh option to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). “Cathy” as the website LawyersAndSettlements.com calls the patient, suffered from POP – a condition in which weakened pelvic muscles allow the pelvic organs to drop from their normal position, usually after childbirth, hysterectomy, or as a result of aging or obesity. In addition to causing pain and discomfort, POP can prevent some organs from functioning properly. In Cathy’s case, POP caused her to ... Read More

Medical experts petitioned FDA to ban transvaginal mesh

“All too frequently, industry knowingly targets less experienced surgeons, knowing that these mesh have not, and will never be, accepted by more experienced surgeons who are fully aware of their inherent risk without benefit.” Daniel Elliott, a urologic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., wrote the statement in a public letter last August, speaking out against transvaginal mesh, a surgical mesh device used in the repair of common pelvic organ disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). One common repair method is the surgical insertion of surgical mesh through the vagina. It acts ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh must be stopped, victim warns

In 2010, Teresa and her husband David were in the middle of renovating their dream house when Teresa underwent a routine surgery to fix a common incontinence problem. Like many women, Teresa consented to having her bladder corrected with the surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh, believing it to be the best option for her safety and recovery. But instead of improving her quality of life, the surgery left Teresa with nothing but agony and debt. Now, nearly two years after the surgery, Teresa’s house is only half finished and she and her husband have fallen behind on their payments. “She ... Read More

Pelvic surgeon: transvaginal mesh violates core surgical principles

Every year, about 300,000 women in the United States undergo surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which age, childbirth, and other factors weaken the muscles that keep the pelvic organs (uterus, bladder, and bowel) in place, causing them to sag and protrude into the vagina. To correct POP and incontinence problems, a growing number of surgeons are using transvaginal mesh, devices designed to shore up the pelvic muscles and provide an alternative to conventional surgical methods that repair the muscle. In 2010, nearly 80,000 women were implanted with transvaginal mesh. But not all surgeons think that ... Read More

Consumer groups call transvaginal mesh phase-out a small victory

Several Johnson & Johnson surgical mesh implants that have been tied to a growing number of lawsuits will gradually be pulled from the market, a move consumer watchdog groups applaud. The consumer health products giant says it will phase out four of its transvaginal mesh devices over the next three to nine months “in light of changing market dynamics,” the company said in a statement. Johnson & Johnson says the phase-out is not a recall and the decision to stop making the mesh is not due to complaints. Consumer groups say fewer transvaginal mesh products on the market is a ... Read More