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Permanent injuries linked to vaginal mesh create life of pain and disability for some

Suffering from a persistent case of urinary incontinence, Carol Kouyoumjian believed surgery would help her. The former nurse underwent an operation about six years ago in which surgeons inserted transvaginal mesh around her bladder in an effort to reposition it and stop it from leaking. Unfortunately, the surgical mesh not only failed to fix Ms. Kouyoumjian’s incontinence, it appears to have given her another much worse problem. According to Canada’s CTV, Ms. Kouyoumjian says the pain she felt when she woke up from the surgery was “absolutely unbelievable,” registering as a 12 on a pain scale of 1 – 10. ... Read More

Canadian class action filed against Johnson & Johnson over vaginal mesh injuries

Lawyers in Ontario, Canada have launched a class action lawsuit against health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and other companies over injuries allegedly caused by transvaginal mesh products that were used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) – conditions that affect the proper positioning and function of one or more pelvic organs. The Canadian Statement of Claim alleges that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn patients and physicians of the magnitude of the risk posed by the transvaginal mesh devices in causing serious side effects compared to other methods of treating ... Read More

Plaintiff seeks $10 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

A surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) using transvaginal mesh sold by Bard Healthcare allegedly led to serious injury and pain for one Illinois woman, who is now suing the manufacturer for damages totaling nearly $10 million. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was fitted with the Pelvitex polypropylene vaginal mesh system in 2005. Like many vaginal mesh recipients, the plaintiff suffered from a condition that occurs when weakened ligaments and muscles cause some pelvic organs, such as the uterus and bladder, to drop and protrude through the vagina. POP is usually attributed to childbirth, menopause, and hysterectomy. Transvaginal ... Read More

Injection therapy for incontinence may be safer than transvaginal mesh

A new procedure for treating urinary incontinence in women has been approved for use in the United Kingdom. The innovative new injection therapy offers another alternative to women who are seeking treatment for this common condition. Urinary incontinence is a bladder weakness that can be caused by age, childbirth, or weight gain. Special exercises are the least invasive option, but one of the more common procedures is the vaginal insertion of surgical mesh, also known as a bladder sling. The product is far from flawless. In some women, the mesh has eroded into the vaginal wall, causing excruciating pain and ... Read More

Lawsuits against three transvaginal mesh makers consolidated in West Virginia

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated hundreds of lawsuits against three manufacturers of transvaginal mesh into three multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases, each of which will be tried in a West Virginia federal court. The three MDLs established under the order consolidate cases against transvaginal mesh makers American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., and Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. Chief Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is presiding over MDL litigation involving Avaulta Pelvic Support Systems, will hear the transvaginal mesh MDLs in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston. The ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated in federal court

Lawsuits against vaginal mesh manufacturers have been centralized in multidistrict litigations (MDL) in West Virginia. Plaintiffs allege that the medical devices made by companies including Boston Scientific Corp. and Ethicon Inc., caused serious injury and debilitating pain. The more than 100 lawsuits have been transferred to federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia. The MDL follows a consolidation of lawsuits in the same jurisdiction against a fourth transvaginal mesh manufacturer, Bard. Hundreds of cases are also pending in state courts across the nation, and several bellwether trials in state court are set for trial in the near future. Transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Medical groups urge limiting use of transvaginal mesh

Serious injuries in women who have received vaginal mesh implants for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) have spurred two medical groups to issue a joint statement saying that the mesh should only be used vaginally on high-risk women for whom the benefit may justify the risk. The joint statement was issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) just weeks after an expert panel for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a hearing to investigate the safety of the devices and whether they should be banned. The committee ... Read More

FDA panel supports closer review of vaginal mesh products

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel expressed support for the FDA’s plans to conduct post-marketing studies on risks associated with transvaginal mesh products, but refused to recommend the devices be banned despite pleas from advocacy groups. The FDA’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Devices Advisory Committee met last week to discuss new controversy surrounding surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence. Vaginal mesh for such uses has been associated with problems including organ perforation and bleeding. Long-term risks may include mesh exposure into the vagina, bladder or rectum. Other reported problems ... Read More

Safety of vaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse under review

Surgical placement of mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) poses more risks than benefits to women, according to an updated safety communication issued this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency says it will convene an expert panel in the fall to determine whether the vaginal mesh should be banned from the market. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the internal structures that support the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus and bowel, become so weak or stretched that the organs drop from their normal position and bulge or prolapse into the vagina. While not ... Read More