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New study finds transvaginal mesh linked to more injuries than conventional repairs

The findings of a new transvaginal mesh safety study published May 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) support previous studies and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings that mesh devices used to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) pose a higher risk of injury than conventional surgical repairs. The study’s authors also say that the medical community knows little about the special safety risks and long-term effectiveness of the devices, even though more than 225,000 women are implanted with them every year in the United States. The statement underscores the claim of many plaintiffs and other ... Read More

Higher risk of repeat surgery linked to transvaginal mesh, according to Duke study

Women who have been implanted with surgical mesh to correct anterior vaginal wall prolapse are at a higher risk for repeat surgery, according to a recent study led by Dr. Jennifer Wu of Duke University. Dr. Wu and her colleagues estimated the need for repeat surgery in patients who had been implanted with transvaginal mesh kits by analyzed data pulled from the MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database, which collects health care claims data from employer-based medical insurance data and the Medicare supplemental database. According to Medscape Medical News, the two databases encompass about 50 million patients, or one-sixth the ... Read More

Some transvaginal mesh injuries are destroying relationships

Transvaginal mesh implants are designed to correct prolapse and urinary incontinence by creating a sling under the pelvic organs and bladder to keep them in place. But instead of improved health and quality of life, 10 percent of transvaginal mesh patients will develop excruciating, often debilitating injuries stemming from their mesh implants. Implanted mesh can break apart, shift, and erode through the surrounding tissue, including the vaginal walls. Many women who experience these mesh complications not only must endure years of intense physical pain, they also suffer from injuries that lead to ruined intimacy and strained relationships. One transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh complications leave some women facing lifetime of injury

One in 10 women implanted with transvaginal mesh to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) will develop complications, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For women who have had a successful implant, life is usually greatly improved. But for the 10 percent who experience problems with their vaginal mesh implant, life can become an excruciating nightmare. One woman who was implanted with a transvaginal mesh bladder sling in 2010 told Oklahoma City’s KFOR News that she thought she was receiving the newest and best type of surgery to correct her incontinence problems, one ... Read More

Canadian woman injured by transvaginal mesh seeks corrective surgery in California

Because transvaginal mesh is designed to become incorporated with surrounding tissue, removing the device after it has been surgically implanted to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary continence (SUI) can be extremely difficult, and in some cases impossible. That is why a group of Winnipeg residents have banded together to send a 49-year-old mother of four from Canada to California to undergo surgery to remove the mesh that that is literally tearing her apart inside. Christine Asprey was implanted with transvaginal mesh after receiving a hysterectomy in January 2012. Her surgeon implanted the device to repair her prolapsed ... Read More

Jury awards $7.76 million punitive damages to plaintiff in first transvaginal mesh trial

ATLANTIC CIY, NJ–The first transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit to go to trial ended Thursday with a jury award of $7.76 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff. On Monday, the New Jersey Superior Court jury awarded plaintiff Linda Gross $3.35 million in compensatory damages for multiple serious injuries she alleged were caused by a Gynecare Prolift mesh device, which her surgeon implanted in 2006 to correct her case of pelvic organ prolapse. Ms. Gross, 47, was employed as a nurse in South Dakota before the transvaginal mesh device eroded through her vaginal wall, ... Read More

Jury sides with plaintiff in first transvaginal mesh case against Johnson & Johnson

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey–A New Jersey Superior Court jury passed a verdict Monday in favor of a South Dakota woman who sought damages from Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary company Ethicon for serious injuries she allegedly received from a transvaginal mesh device those companies produced. The jury said that the plaintiff should receive $3.35 million. Linda Gross, 47, of Watertown, South Dakota, was implanted with Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift mesh device in 2006 to correct pelvic prolapse, a condition in which weakened pelvic muscles allow the pelvic organs to drop out of place. Her surgeon used the mesh device to ... Read More

First transvaginal mesh trial against Johnson & Johnson underway in NJ

The first of 1,800 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for injuries allegedly caused by its transvaginal mesh products is underway in Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey, in Atlantic City. On July 13, 2006, Plaintiff Linda Gross, 47, had a Gynecare Prolift mesh device implanted to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which the organs in the pelvis drop due to pelvic muscles weakened by childbirth, age or obesity. Ms. Gross and her surgeon believed the Gynecare mesh was the perfect solution at the time because it was less intrusive than conventional pelvic muscle surgeries, quick, and ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh litigation will head to trial in December 2013

The U.S. District Judge overseeing multidistrict litigation (MDL) against several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh said he will begin hearing the first of these personal injury lawsuits on December 3, 2013. The news comes as a welcome sign of progress for hundreds of women experiencing devastating complications from surgical mesh implantation to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who was chosen to oversee five transvaginal mesh MDLs in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, will first try a lawsuit against American Medical Systems, Inc. brought by a plaintiff alleging ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits could form the largest class action in Australian history

In the last decade, as many as 20,000 women in Australia have received transvaginal mesh devices to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Now, as doctors and researchers find the mesh products are associated with a high rate of complications, some law experts Down Under believe they could be the subject of the largest product-injury class action lawsuit in Australian history. “This prolapse mesh class action that we’ve commenced in the Federal Court … has the potential to be the biggest product class action that Australia has ever seen,” Australian attorney Rebecca Jancauskas told the Australian Broadcasting Company. ... Read More