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New study finds removal of transvaginal mesh may pose further injury

A new study published in the September issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology warns that women who experience complications from transvaginal mesh devices may be putting themselves at risk for further injury and complications by opting to have the mesh surgically removed. The report, prepared by the Mayo Clinic and and Spectrum Health Medical Group in Michigan, offers little comfort to the thousands of women experiencing intensely painful and debilitating transvaginal mesh injuries. Because transvaginal mesh devices are designed with thin polypropylene mesh to become integrated with surrounding tissue, complete removal can be very tricky, if not impossible. ... Read More

Arkansas couple sues Boston Scientific over transvaginal mesh injuries

An Arkansas couple’s lawsuit against Boston Scientific for injuries allegedly caused by the company’s Tape Obtryx System demonstrates another potential risk posed by transvaginal mesh devices: inflammation triggered by the body’s rejection of the composites used to make the mesh device. According to the lawsuit, Debra was implanted with the Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh device in December 2009 to correct problems associated with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition generally brought about by age and childbirth and marked by weakened pelvic muscles. Women with SUI typically experience unexpected leaking whenever pressure is applied to the bladder from ordinary actions, such ... Read More

Georgia woman sues three manufacturers over transvaginal mesh injuries

A Georgia woman has filed a lawsuit against three manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products over severe injuries she alleges were caused by propylene mesh devices she had implanted in April 2006. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), conditions usually brought about by childbirth and age and characterized by weakened pelvic muscles, which can affect the position and function of the bladder, uterus, intestines, and other pelvic organs. The plaintiff’s physician corrected these problems by implanting a Gynecare Prolift Total Pelvic Floor Repair System made by Johnson & Johnson, a ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh demonstrates how corporations overpower regulators for profit

The number of women who claim they are being injured by transvaginal mesh devices, and the severity of their injuries, has many victims and their families wondering how such potentially dangerous medical products were approved for use. Were the devices properly evaluated before they hit the market? Is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doing its job to protect consumers from potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices? Consumer and safety experts have strongly criticized the FDA’s 510k approval process, which has allowed transvaginal mesh devices and many other medical products to glide through the agency’s approval procedures with little ... Read More

Couple awarded millions in first transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Medical device maker C.R. Bard was ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages to a woman and her husband who claimed the company’s vaginal mesh implant caused her to suffer pain and injury. The lawsuit is the first of hundreds filed against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh to go to trial. The plaintiff received Bard’s Avaulta Plus vaginal implant, a surgical mesh product used to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The conditions can cause urinary incontinence, painful sexual intercourse, and general discomfort. To treat the condition, surgical mesh is implanted vaginally and positioned ... Read More

Jury awards plaintiff $5.5 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

A jury has awarded a California woman $5.5 million for complications and injuries she suffered as a result of being implanted with transvaginal mesh devices. The case was the first personal injury claim involving transvaginal mesh to go to trial. The plaintiff, a 53-year-old resident of Bakersfield, California, had two polypropylene mesh devices made by C.R. Bard implanted in 2008 to treat her occasional urinary incontinence. Instead of improving her condition, however, the transvaginal mesh cut into her colon and surrounding tissue. The plaintiff underwent eight surgeries and nine additional procedures to remove the mesh, but surgeons haven’t been able ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh prevents urinary incontinence, but may lead to serious side effects

Surgical mesh devices implanted during surgery for pelvic organ prolapse repair reduce the risk of patients suffering urinary incontinence after surgery, according to a new study. But researchers urge women to use caution as the likelihood for serious adverse events is higher in women receiving the sling than in women who were treated with superficial incisions. “We should avoid using them with all patients undergoing a procedure for pelvic organ prolapse,” said study co-author Kimberly Kenton, Loyola University Health System. The study showed that while the mesh helped prevent urine leakage, women who received the mesh were significantly more likely ... Read More

Hysterectomy patient “riled up” over transvaginal mesh injuries

A 77-year-old Indiana woman who was implanted with an Avaulta transvaginal mesh device following a hysterectomy cautions other women who are considering a surgical mesh option to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). “Cathy” as the website LawyersAndSettlements.com calls the patient, suffered from POP – a condition in which weakened pelvic muscles allow the pelvic organs to drop from their normal position, usually after childbirth, hysterectomy, or as a result of aging or obesity. In addition to causing pain and discomfort, POP can prevent some organs from functioning properly. In Cathy’s case, POP caused her to ... Read More

J&J sold transvaginal mesh product against FDA’s orders

Johnson & Johnson continued to sell its transvaginal mesh product for nine months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the company to stop marketing the controversial device, court records show. This discovery could lead to higher awards in the more than 1,400 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit by women who say the mesh caused organ perforation, pain, scarring and nerve damage. In a letter dated August 24, 2007, the FDA told Johnson & Johnson to stop sales of Gynecare Prolift until the agency could determine whether the device was “substantially equivalent” to other transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh must be stopped, victim warns

In 2010, Teresa and her husband David were in the middle of renovating their dream house when Teresa underwent a routine surgery to fix a common incontinence problem. Like many women, Teresa consented to having her bladder corrected with the surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh, believing it to be the best option for her safety and recovery. But instead of improving her quality of life, the surgery left Teresa with nothing but agony and debt. Now, nearly two years after the surgery, Teresa’s house is only half finished and she and her husband have fallen behind on their payments. “She ... Read More