Tagged Articles

urinary incontinence 55 articles

Female incontinence treatment linked to serious complications

More than 20 million women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence, but devices intended to remedy the problem are at the center of thousands of lawsuits by women who claim the treatments ruined their lives. Jennifer Ramirez says her incontinence wasn’t a serious problem for her. She opted to have transvaginal mesh implanted to keep the problem from getting worse following a hysterectomy. Now, she lives in constant pain. Just talking about it brings her to tears. “Now my life has to revolve around having a restroom right there because when you have to go, you have to ... Read More

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

Texas woman files lawsuit against makers of Mirena IUD

Rachel Coe had no idea the injuries she could suffer from her Mirena interuterine device (IUD) when she received one in 2006 to prevent pregnancy. The insertion of the device was uncomplicated and properly placed, her physician said. However, something went frightfully wrong. Rachel began to suffer from fatigue, abdominal and pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, urinary incontinence and other issues. She returned to her doctor in 2008, who could not locate the IUD by digital examination, nor could she locate the device during two subsequent ultrasounds. Two years later, Rachel sought treatment for her symptoms at a hospital ... Read More

Texas woman files lawsuit against transvaginal mesh maker for disfiguring injuries

Ruby Bradley of Jasper, Texas, says the transvaginal mesh used to treat her stress urinary incontinence caused her serious injury which made her deformed. She is suing the manufacturer of the devices and is seeking damages for medical expenses, physical impairment and disfigurement, and pain and suffering. Ruby’s lawsuit was filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers Etihcon Inc, Ethicon LLC, Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, SoFradim Production Sas, Boston Scientific Corp, Coloplast Corp, Mentor Worldwide, and Cook Medical. Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic ... Read More

Canadian woman files $5 million lawsuit against transvaginal mesh maker

A Canadian woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the makers of her transvaginal mesh implant alleging the device caused her debilitating pain and extreme psychological stress. Virginia Corkum of Halifax was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator to treat a common condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. The device, also known as a bladder sling, holds up organs that have dropped over time due to childbirth, obesity or age, in order to relive symptoms such as urinary incontinence and general discomfort. Corkum had the device implanted in 2008, and immediately thereafter suffered pain in her pelvis ... Read More

Woman files $5 million lawsuit against makers of transvaginal mesh

A Canadian woman is suing the makers and distributors of her transvaginal mesh device, alleging that rather than treat her urinary incontinence, the device has caused her chronic pain, recurrent infections, and completely ruined her sex life. She is asking for $5 million to cover her pain and suffering, among other damages. Virginia Corkum filed the lawsuit this week in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax. Named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Inc., and Gynecare Worldwide. According to the complaint, Corkum was implanted with the Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator sling mesh, also known as a bladder ... Read More

Half of women think urinary incontinence is normal

More than half of women surveyed think it is normal to leak a little urine from time to time, but nearly 60 percent are too embarrassed to talk to a health care professional about it, according to a new survey of more than 500 New Zealand women. The study was conducted by TENA, a brand of panty liner used for women with urinary incontinence, in an effort to raise awareness of the problem, educate women about incontinence and help empower them with tools to overcome the condition. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is common among women, especially those who are older, overweight ... Read More

Women file lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh

Lori Eggenberg thought the surgery she was having to correct urinary incontinence was the newest, most advanced, minimally invasive procedure available. Her doctor used transvaginal mesh to lift up her bladder. It turned out to be her worst nightmare. Lori’s bladder sling, as the mesh is sometimes called, embedded in the tissue causing severe pain. Travaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that in recent years has been used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped due ... Read More

Woman’s suffering leads to foundation for women with transvaginal mesh complications

Less than a month after Teresa Sawyer was implanted with transvaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence, she began having complications. “I started getting deathly ill,” she says. “I literally thought I was dying. My immune system just plummeted and I began having crazy ailments.” She immediately suspected the problems were caused by the mesh, but her doctor dismissed the notion. But the foreign object implanted inside her began to erode into neighboring organs, causing immense pain. She also developed an array of symptoms such as cysts on her wrists and worsening of her rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctor finally said there ... Read More

Canadian women launch website to raise awareness of risks with transvaginal mesh

Canadian Marika English was in so much pain from a bladder sling device to correct urinary incontinence that she paid $30,000 for a doctor in California to remove it. “If this was available in Canada, why would we be paying our own money, borrowing money, putting our families and ourselves in financial jeopardy,” she told News Talk 650. English, along with two other Canadian women, have launched a new website – www.TransvaginalMesh.ca – designed to raise awareness about problems associated with bladder slings, also known as vaginal mesh or transvaginal mesh. “I want to make sure that other women didn’t ... Read More