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Transvaginal mesh maker pulls device as lawsuits mount

Johnson & Johnson says it is not recalling its controversial transvaginal mesh devices, but it does plan to discontinue sales of four of the products over the next three to nine months. The consumer health care giant sent a letter about the phase out to judges who are overseeing lawsuits against the company from women who allege they suffered injuries after being implanted with the mesh. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and sudden urinary incontinence (SUI). It is sometimes referred to as a ... Read More

Some urinary incontinence treatments are safer than others

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem that affects an estimated 15 million women in the United States. It is the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs during periods of stress, such as sneezing, laughter, or heavy lifting. SUI is caused by a number of factors including urinary tract infection, obesity, smoking, diabetes, excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine, and sports such as running or tennis. It can be embarrassing, but treatment is available. Women who are considering a procedure to treat their SUI should seriously consider their options, as some procedures have been found to be safer than ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson says it will no longer make transvaginal mesh products

Johnson & Johnson says it will stop making and selling transvaginal mesh implants, which have been linked to serious internal injuries and have prompted hundreds of women to file personal injury lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson, the world’s second largest manufacturer of health care products, has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to discontinue sales of four of its surgical mesh products over the next 120 days, giving hospitals and surgeons time to find alternative products, according to a Reuters report. Transvaginal mesh is used to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary ... Read More

Florida woman says transvaginal mesh injuries ruined her life

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–When Susana, a 54-year-old mother of two from Davie, Florida, consented to transvaginal mesh surgery in 2007, she never expected to develop problems 10 times worse than the incontinence that the mesh was supposed to fix. Susana told South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel that the transvaginal mesh device made by American Medical Systems Inc. has ruined her life. Now after years of pain and four surgeries, she wants to hold the manufacturer accountable for allegedly making and marketing a defective and dangerous medical product. Susana filed a lawsuit against the company, joining more than 650 other women from across the ... Read More

Texas woman sues Boston Scientific over transvaginal mesh injuries

A Texarkana, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Boston Scientific Corp. for injuries allegedly caused by transvaginal mesh that she had surgically implanted to correct stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The plaintiff filed the lawsuit May 14 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division, naming Boston Scientific, doing business as Mansfield Scientific Inc. and Microvasive Inc., as defendants. Boston Scientific and its subsidiary companies manufacture a range of transvaginal mesh and supportive devices designed to repair problems with the pelvic floor muscles. On May 14, 2010, the plaintiff was implanted with Boston Scientific’s ... Read More

Minnesota woman sues Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon over vaginal mesh injuries

Stacey, a Minnesota woman who was implanted with a Gynemesh brand transvaginal mesh device says the mesh has failed, leaving her with severe physical and emotional injuries. She now joins a growing number of women who have filed claims against transvaginal mesh manufacturers, seeking damages to recoup medical expenses, recover financial losses, and regain a life without intense pain and injury-related health problems. Transvaginal mesh is a form of surgical mesh used to correct pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Complications arise when the mesh breaks apart or shifts, potentially causing a ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh implants lead to severe pain and financial hardship for some

Many women who have transvaginal mesh implanted in them to correct problems associated with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or incontinence experience no adverse effects from the surgery. But a year after the surgery, as many as one in six women implanted with a vaginal mesh device experiences complications and may require additional surgeries to remove the mesh, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Sherry Hanson, who had trasvaginal mesh implanted in 2010, told Canada’s CTV News that she now experiences complications from the surgical mesh that are so severe, she can no longer ... Read More

pain from transvaginal mesh injuries can be inescapable, life altering

Canada’s CTV News says that several women have come forward to share their experiences after the station reported on the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Canadian women who have experienced painful, sometimes devastating complications from their transvaginal mesh implants. For Nonie Wideman, the evidence that there is something wrong with her transvaginal mesh implant is visible. She told CTV News that pieces of the mesh’s purple fibers have eroded and come out of her vagina and also through her urine. “It’s eroded into my urinary system and I am in trouble,” she told CTV. Like many other women ... Read More

Woman tells of frightening warning signs of transvaginal mesh failure

The first warning sign that Nonie Wideman had that hinted there was a problem with the surgery she had to repair a pelvic floor disorder was when tiny purple fibers started coming out in her urine. More fibers appeared in her vagina. They were from the surgical mesh doctors implanted in her to hold up organs that had dropped, or prolapsed. Neither the problem nor the procedure is uncommon. Pelvic organs often drop in women due to childbirth, weight gain, or age. The condition can lead to problems known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Treatment often ... Read More

Why correcting incontinence with transvaginal mesh may be a bad idea

Transvaginal mesh is often used in women suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition in which the muscles that help control urination weaken, allowing urine to pass involuntarily, sometimes with just the slightest of triggers, such as sneezing, coughing, or simply standing. But is transvaginal mesh the best choice for correcting SUI? Transvaginal mesh is a flexible screen-like device made of synthetic plastic composites. It is implanted in the body in a way that repositions the pelvic organs (the bladder, uterus, bowel, etc.) so that they can function normally, usually in women who experience some degree of pelvic organ ... Read More