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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

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

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

Website provides support for victims of transvaginal mesh

Teresa Sawyer was told the procedure to implant transvaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence was routine, and she would be back up and running in just a matter of days. Three years and four surgeries later, Teresa says she is in worse shape than before the procedure, and living a life “filled with pain.” Teresa’s body rejected the surgical mesh, and she required numerous surgeries to remove the mesh and correct the problem. Teresa soon learned that she was not the only victim to suffer from problems caused by transvaginal mesh. The FDA reported more than 2,800 incidences where a ... 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