Johnson & Johnson Ethicon TVT Lawsuit

May 2, 2012

In the wake of several FDA safety communications in regards to the increased risks of side effects associated with transvaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), many of the victims of transvaginal mesh injuries have filed lawsuit claims against the manufacturers of such devices, including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. Ethicon currently manufactures and markets the following Gynecare TVT (transvaginal tape) products for Stress Urinary Incontinence:

  • Gynecare TVT Abbrevo Continence System
  • Gynecare TVT Exact Continence System
  • Gynecare Secur System
  • Gynecare TVT Obturator System Tension-Free Support for Incontinence
  • Gynecare TVT Retropubic System Tension-Free Support for Incontinence

What is Ethicon TVT?

Johnson & Johnson Ethicon TVT is a surgical mesh product inserted transvaginally for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence by providing additional support for the urethra. In a person not affected with SUI, the urethra is held by the pelvic floor muscles, which prevent involuntary urine loss. However, a woman with Stress Urinary Incontinence will have weakened muscles that cannot keep the urethra in its typical and functional position. Ethicon Gynecare TVT is a piece of mesh that is inserted under the urethra in order to help it stay in place and prevent involuntary leakage in the event of a cough, laugh, or sneeze as well as during physical exercise. Unfortunately, Ethicon TVT mesh has been linked to several serious complications ranging from infections and discharge, to mesh erosion and vaginal scarring.

Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Erosion

Many patients who are treated with Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon TVT or other mesh devices experience a painful complication referred to as mesh erosion. Other names for this transvaginal mesh injury are “mesh protrusion” and “mesh exposure,” and it occurs when the transvaginal tape bladder sling is not incorporated into surrounding body tissues and is expelled through the vaginal walls. Mesh erosion can only be treated with a second surgery (called a revision surgery) aimed to remove the mesh bladder sling device. However, in many cases, the TVT breaks into smaller pieces and can never be fully removed.

File a Johnson & Johnson Ethicon TVT Lawsuit: Speak to an Attorney

If you are suffering from transvaginal mesh erosion or other injuries related to treatment with Ethicon TVT or another bladder sling product, call the Willis Law Firm today. You may have a legal claim to financial compensation through filing a Johnson & Johnson Ethicon TVT Lawsuit, and we can evaluate your potential claim for you free of charge or further commitment. We are currently conducting bladder sling lawsuit evaluations all fifty states and your responsibility for your legal fees is contingent upon receiving financial damages. Call us today.

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