Following the recent FDA warnings against the significantly higher risk of complications associated with using transvaginally implanted mesh, many female patients have pursued lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the Gynecare Prolift system. The grounds for these lawsuits are based on the premise that many of these women were unaware of the potential for severe complications before they received the Gynecare Prolift mesh. Had the actual rate of complications been made sufficiently clear to these women, they could have made alternate treatment choices rather than using Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare prolift. Shockingly, the FDA has also stated that high potential for problems linked to transvaginal mesh come with “no evidence of greater clinical benefit.” This means that the potential costs for using Gynecare Prolift do not even come with increased benefits when compared to alternate treatment methods. For this reason, the Willis Law Firm is currently evaluating lawsuits for women who have gone through complications as a result of vaginal mesh, like Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare Prolift.
Gynecare Prolift is a transvaginal surgical mesh created by the Ethnicon division of Johnson & Johnson and used for the treatment of both Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), two common, yet troublesome medical issues for older females. In both POP and SUI, Gyncare Prolift is used to provide extra support and essentially lift pelvic organs in order to release the pressure and alleviate corresponding problems. Johnson & Johnson produces a variety of vaginal mesh products including the following:
According to the FDA’s July 13th safety communication, they have received thousands of adverse event reports regarding the use of transvaginal mesh, like Johnson & Johnson Gynecare Prolift. The most consistently reported complication from this type of treatment is “mesh erosion,” which occurs when the device forces its way through the vaginal walls. Another complication that can occur from Gynecare Prolift use is “mesh contraction,” or the shrinkage of the device after its placement in the body. Both of these can result in pain during intercourse, pelvic pain, infections, vaginal bleeding, and chronic discharge.
As stated above, the complications following Gynecare Prolift treatment can result in chronic discomfort as well as the need for further invasive surgeries in order to fully remove the defective device. Problems with transvaginal mesh, like Gynecare Prolift, can quickly escalate into very expensive and debilitating experiences, and pursuing a lawsuit against its maker, Johnson & Johnson, it both a way to hold the company accountable as well as secure damages for the time and money you have lost. If you or a loved one is suffering from the negative consequences of Gynecare Prolift, or any other transvaginal mesh device, please contact the Willis Law Firm today. We have female consultants trained and ready to discuss these sensitive issues with you confidentially.