Around three hundred thousand women have surgery for pelvic organ prolapse each year, and of these, about seventy thousand are performed using vaginal mesh implants. Pelvic organ prolapse happens when tissues in the pelvic region weaken and an organ sinks from its original spot and begins to push against the vaginal walls; this typically takes place following childbirth or surgery. Although between thirty and fifty percent of women will experience POP within their lifetime, only about 2% will exhibit symptoms. For the women who do become symptomatic, a vaginal mesh surgery may be performed in order to strengthen weakened tissue and restore organs to their appropriate locations. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, offers a large number of vaginal mesh products used to treat both pelvic organ prolapse as well as stress urinary incontinence. The Gynecare division of Ethicon was established on order to provide these Women’s health mesh solutions.
There are a large number of vaginal mesh products offered by Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon division. The Ethicon Gynecare products include:
Recent statements made by the US Food and Drug Administration say that surgery for pelvic organ prolapse with a vaginal mesh implant introduces additional complications that are not present in non-mesh treatments for POP. In addition to these complications being classified as “not rare,” the FDA has also stated that mesh surgery does not present any additional benefits as far as recovery or restoration of quality of life.
According to the FDA, mesh complications are serious risk presented by all brands and models of transvaginal mesh products. According to the FDA, the most common mesh complaints include bleeding, infection, organ perforation, urinary problems, and the erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall. Additionally, there have also been incidents reported to the FDA through their MedWatch Safety Reporting program of emotional problems, vaginal shrinkage, neuromuscular problems, recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse, and vaginal scarring. Mesh injury lawsuits have been filed against Johnson and Johnson Ethicon as well as Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, and C. R. Bard.
If you have experienced severe complications following treatment with Johnson and Johnson Ethicon Mesh or another mesh product, call the Willis Law Firm today. You may have a legal claim against the company that manufactured your mesh device, and we may be able to help you recover substantial monetary compensation. Don’t delay; call us today and let us help you get the settlement you deserve.
**All Johnson and Johnson Ethicon mesh lawsuits are filed on a contingency fee basis.**