Recently the US Food and Drug Administration has issued several safety communications regarding high risks of serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh, like Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift System. Many lawsuits have been filed against Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, by patients who have suffered from painful and even life-threatening adverse effects. Transvaginal mesh bladder slings are used in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse as well as stress urinary incontinence. However, the FDA has stated that although they pose extra risks to patients, they do not necessarily work better than other non-mesh treatment options.
The Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair system is a vaginal mesh bladder sling device produced and marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition that takes place when various tissues that hold the organs in the pelvic region become stretched out or weakened. POP can affect the uterus, rectum, bowels, bladder, and vaginal apex. The Gynecare Prolift mesh is transvaginal, meaning that it is inserted through the vagina, and helps to restore support to organs that have prolapsed. Unfortunately, using transvaginal mesh, like the Gynecare Prolift System, can result in harmful complications including: infection, urinary problems, mesh erosion, and others.
The side effects and complications that can result from transvaginal mesh treatment can seriously affect a patient’s quality of life. The most commonly reported complication with Gynecare Prolift and other similar devices is called mesh exposure, and occurs when the mesh erodes through the vaginal wall. When this erosion takes place, the result is very painful, especially during sexual intercourse. Treatment for these Gynecare Prolift complications often requires a revision surgery in order to remove the mesh, as well as IV treatment and possibly even blood transfusions. Sometimes, even a second surgery cannot fully remove the mesh.
Have you experienced transvaginal mesh erosion or other complications following treatment with the Gynecare Prolift System or similar device? If so, you may be legally entitled to significant financial damages. Call the Willis Law Firm today and we will provide you with a free and confidential Gynecare Prolift Lawsuit Evaluation. Our firm is currently reviewing vaginal mesh cases nationwide, and we have a team of female consultants ready to discuss these sensitive women’s health issues with you in confidence. Call us today, and get the help you need.