Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon’s Gynecare TVT Exact Continence System is one of several products recently warned against by the US Food and Drug Administration. The tension-free transvaginal tape is used in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a common problem that arises due to insufficient strength of the muscles of the pelvic floor. When a patient has SUI, they will experience involuntary urine leakage during everyday activities like laughing, coughing, sneezing, and exercise. Stress urinary incontinence occurs more frequently in women who have gone through menopause, due to decreased Estrogen levels.
The Ethicon Gynecare TVT Exact Continence System is a surgical mesh tape that is used to treat stress urinary incontinence in patients who have been unresponsive to other non-surgical treatments. TVT slings, like Gynecare Exact, treat SUI by creating a mesh hammock that provides extra strength under the urethra, which alleviates the pressure that can cause urine leakage. Although TVT is a common treatment for SUI, it has been linked to many severe physical complications and is the subject of multiple transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims.
If the procedure in which transvaginal mesh tape is place is done incorrectly, the sling can actually perforate the bladder or other pelvic organs. In addition to bladder perforation, bladder slings have also been linked to many other adverse effects. One of the most common transvaginal mesh complications is mesh erosion, which can occur anywhere within one day to seven years following the initial procedure. Ethicon Gynecare TVT erosion through the vaginal wall can result in severe pain that severely reduces a patient’s quality of life. Other vaginal mesh complications reported by the FDA include:
If you have suffered from serious complications following treatment with Ethicon’s Gynecare TVT Exact or other transvaginal mesh device, you may have a viable lawsuit claim. Call the Willis Law Firm today for your completely confidential case evaluation free of any charge or further obligation. TVT injuries can be expensive to treat, and negatively affect you emotionally and financially as well as physically; a bladder sling lawsuit can help to alleviate some of these corresponding problems. The Willis Firm is currently accepting transvaginal mesh lawsuit clients nationwide and on a contingency fee basis; you will not be billed unless we recover for you.