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Lawsuits filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturer

Ninety-one women have filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin’s St. Clair County Circuit Court against American Medical Systems alleging that transvaginal mesh implanted in their bodies to treat urinary incontinence has not worked as promised and instead caused them physical and emotional pain and suffering. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat pelvic floor disorders such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The device is inserted into the vagina to shore up organs such as the bladder that have dropped over the years due to childbirth, age or obesity. These prolapsed pelvic organs ... Read More

Study looks at new treatments for urinary incontinence

Botox and an implantable device known as InterStim are being tested as new therapies to treat urinary incontinence in women. Women & Infants Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., is testing the popular anti-wrinkle treatment Botox against InteStim to see which device helps with the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Nina Celona is part of the study, and received Botox treatment three months ago. The Botox can help to paralyze the muscle and prevent contractions when the bladder is not supposed to be contracting. Urinary incontinence is a common problem with women and often develops as a result of childbirth, obesity or ... Read More

European report shows adverse events with vaginal mesh greater than other procedures

Surgical techniques using vaginal meshes to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can cause serious adverse events, and doctors should inform their patients of the potential risks associated with the devices, according to a report complied by York Health Economics Consortium on behalf of the United Kingdom’s health authority. The summaries included in the report were developed using data from systematic reviews of the effects and safety of vaginal slings and meshes, published in the past decade. The following outcomes were examined – pain persisting after six months, mesh exposure, sexual problems following the procedure, and procedures to ... Read More

New iPhone, iPad app helps people manage their urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a medical disorder that many women keep to themselves until symptoms become so bothersome they eventually talk to their doctors. Now, a newly released iPhone and iPad app can help millions of people discretely manage their urinary incontinence. The free iDry app provides users with tools to help urinary incontinence sufferers manage their condition. It also provides valuable information to physicians to enhance treatment, and gives urology researchers a comprehensive database of urinary incontinence activity, interventions and results. Developed by Jeff Pepper, founder of Three Ten LLC, iDry helps people overcome urinary incontinence by easily logging events, ... Read More

POP greater problem for women who delivered vaginally versus cesarean

Women who delivered just one child vaginally are at greater risk of experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) 20 years later versus women who delivered a child by cesarean section, according to a study published online Nov. in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. POP is a common condition in which organs in the pelvis drop, or prolapse, often caused by age, obesity or childbirth. It can cause symptoms such as pain during sexual intercourse, urinary incontinence, and general discomfort. Researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University in Sweden examined the prevalence and risk factors for ... 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

Transvaginal mesh became a crippling nightmare for Australian family

Years ago, Australian citizen Julie Davis had envisioned her perfect life. She would travel around the world, find the husband of her dreams, and settle down to start a family. Everything went according to plan until Mrs. Davis underwent surgery to correct a severe case of bladder prolapse that developed after the birth of her first child 10 years ago. Mrs. Davis had to wait until after all of her children were born to repair her prolapse, which in her case was so severe the bladder extruded outside the body. When she was ready, her surgeon attached polypropylene transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Use of transvaginal mesh to correct POP declined since FDA’s 2011 warning

Did the U.S. Food and Drug’s Administration’s (FDA) warning about the risks associated with using transvaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) have any impact on surgical practices? According to a recent survey of nearly 300 specialists, use of transvaginal mesh to repair recurring POP has been declining since the FDA issued the warning in July 2011. Dr. Catherine Matthews of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her team of researchers presented their survey findings at the American Urogynecologic Society’s 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.  Of the 281 physicians who responded to the survey, which ... Read More

New study finds transvaginal mesh offers no advantages but plenty of risks

A thorough review of the surgical methods used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration, found that there is no clear advantage in using transvaginal mesh over more conventional “native tissue repairs” in correcting pelvic organ prolapse and its complications. The review, presented at the International Urogynecological Association’s 2012 annual meeting in Brisbane, Australia, found that transvaginal mesh “also carries with it an increased risk of intervention in the short term.” According to lead author Christopher Maher, MD, the “downside” of using transvaginal mesh includes “increased perioperative morbidity, post operative stress urinary incontinence (SUI), increased complications, ... Read More

Canadian woman seeks $5 million-plus for ‘permanent and debilitating’ transvaginal mesh injuries

A Canadian woman who was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device 10 years ago is seeking millions of dollars from the manufacturer of the mesh and its distributor  alleging the device has destroyed her quality of life and left her in constant pain. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Joanne, a resident of Winnipeg, Canada, is suing Covidien, a medical equipment and supply company, and Tyco Healthcare Group Canada ULC. Tyco Healthcare became Covidien in 2007 after breaking off from the corporate conglomerate Tyco International. Joanne is seeking $5 million in damages for her mesh injuries, claiming the defective device has ... Read More