Transvaginal Surgical Mesh

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The Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch is used to repair ventral (incisional) hernias caused by thinning or stretching of scar tissue that forms after surgery. The patch is placed behind the hernia defect through a small incision. The patch is then held open by a “memory recoil ring” that allows the patch to be folded for insertion and later spring open and lay flat once it is in place.

The “memory recoil ring” that holds the patch open is being recalled because it can break under the stress. This can lead to bowel perforations (rapture) and/or chronic (recurring) intestinal fstulae (abnormal connections or passageways between the intestines and other organs).

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Patients who have had the Patch implanted that experience symptoms that could be associated with ring breakage such as unexplained or persistent abdominal pain, fever, tenderness at the implant site or other unusual symptoms should seek medical attention immediately and contact our law offices for a free consultation.

Injury from the surgical mesh patch can cause serious health risks to you or someone you love, if you believe that you have been injured by a defective Hernia Mesh Patch or the Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Patch contact our law firm for a free online or telephone consultation. You have rights, and you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages, wrongful death and other damages.

Transvaginal Mesh Patch

Injury from stress urinary incontinence and/or pelvic organ prolapse surgery mesh patch.

Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Injury

If you or a loved one was treated for stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse with surgery that involved the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, you may be at risk of developing serious medical complications.

An estimated 1,000 women in the United States have suffered serious injuries and complications following the surgical procedures in recent years, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a public advisory about nine brands of surgical mesh.

Women who were injured by the use of transvaginal placement surgical mesh in surgeries to repair damage done by stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse may have rights to financial compensation. Complications commonly associated with this type of surgical product include infection, pain, and perforation of the bowel, bladder, and blood vessels.

Surgical Mesh Used to Treat Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

The transvaginal placement of surgical mesh is most commonly used in surgical procedures in women suffering from stress urinary incontinence and/or pelvic organ prolapse. These painful conditions may be corrected through surgeries, but in many cases, the mesh used in the surgery to prevent the problems has resulted in painful injuries for patients.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition, particularly among older women who have given birth at some point in their lives. Following pregnancy and child birth, the muscles and tissue supporting the uterus, bladder, and other pelvic organs may be stretched out and weakened. As a result, the organs may shift around inside the body and create problems.

The bladder may prolapsed and fall toward the vagina, creating a large bulge in the front vaginal wall. The bladder and the urethra commonly prolapse together, creating a condition called a cystourethrocele that is the most common type of prolapse seen in women. Pelvic organ prolapsed can occur in several degrees, commonly called mild, moderate, and severe, depending on the degree of movement and the number of internal organs affected.

Surgical Mesh Patch FDA Warning

In October 2008, the FDA issued a public health notification to warn consumers about the risks of complication from the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh. Although rare, the complications posed serious health risks to women. The FDA recommended that physicians receive additional training in the use of the products and give more information to patients about the mesh in an effort to reduce injuries and complications.

Serious Complications Reported

In some cases, vaginal scarring that resulted in significant discomfort and pain was reported. Patients also noted a decrease in their quality of life a result of the pain and scarring. The size and shape of the mesh, the surgical technique used in the placing the mesh inside the body, the patient’s estrogen levels, and other factors appeared to contribute to the risk of complications, the FDA said.

Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh Used?

The transvaginal placement of surgical mesh is most commonly used in surgical procedures to treat stress urinary incontinence and/or pelvic organ prolapse in women. The mesh is placed along the vaginal wall to protect the area and is designed to be left permanently inside the body.

Surgical Mesh as a Treatment Option

Surgeons commonly use surgical mesh in procedures to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. By using mesh to strengthen the internal organs and prevent them from coming into contact with one another, a surgeon may be able to reduce pain and other symptoms. However, many women have complained of suffering painful injuries as a result of the use of transvaginal placement of surgical mesh. In some cases, surgeons have had to perform additional procedures to remove the mesh.

FDA Warns of Vaginal Mesh Dangers

According to the FDA, during a three-year period, more than 1,000 women reported complications from the surgical mesh. Reports of the mesh eroding through vaginal wall, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of the underlying problem for which surgery was initially performed we received. Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforations also were been reported, and in many cases, these complications required extensive additional surgeries to correct.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which urine leaks from the body during regular daily activities such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, or exercising. The condition is most often caused by weakness in the muscles surround the pelvis resulting from childbirth and pregnancy. In time of increased pressure on the abdomen, the weakened muscles in the pelvis can allow the urethra to involuntarily leak urine. In women, stress urinary incontinence can require surgery to correct, but in men, the condition is common and more easily treatable.

Women may find that stress urinary incontinence worsens during the week before their menstrual period, when decreased estrogen levels may lead to lower muscular pressure around the urethra and increase the chances of leakage. The incidence of stress incontinence also increases following menopause, also as a result of decreased levels of estrogen.

>Injury from the surgical mesh patch can cause serious health risks to you or someone you love, if you believe that you have been injured by a defective Hernia Mesh Patch or the Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Patch contact our law firm for a free online or telephone consultation. You have rights, and you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages, wrongful death and other damages.

Vaginal Mesh Injuries

Women injured by the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh may suffer a wide range of injuries, including infection, bladder pain, urinary problems, and a recurrence of the condition for which the surgery was done. There have also been reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion of the mesh and of vaginal scarring and mesh erosion.

Painful Bowel and Bladder Perforations Among the Common Surgical Mesh Injuries

Women who undergo surgical procedures for the treatment stress urinary incontinence and/or pelvic organ prolapse may suffer a variety of serious injuries caused by the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh. The procedure can result in severe pain, urinary problems, and other complications. In many cases, additional surgeries are required to remove the mesh in an effort to correct the problems.

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Pelvic Mesh: FDA announces “clear risks”

July 18, 2011 – Edward Nitkewics

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced last week that transvaginal placement of surgical mesh in connection with Pelvic Organ Prolapse repair poses “greater risk than other surgical options.”

According to the American Urogynecologic Society, pelvic organ prolapse is a medical condition that occurs when the normal support of the vagina is lost, resulting in “sagging” or dropping of the bladder, urethra, cervix and rectum. As the prolapse of the vagina and uterus progresses, women can feel bulging tissue protruding through the opening of the vagina.

As the prolapse gets worse, some women complain of:

  • A bulging, pressure or heavy sensation in the vagina that worsens by the end of the day or during bowel movements
  • The feeling that they are “sitting on a ball”
  • Needing to push stool out of the rectum by placing their fingers into the vagina during bowel movement
  • Difficulty starting to urinate, a weak or spraying stream of urine
  • Urinary frequency or the sensation that they are not emptying their bladder well
  • The need to lift up the bulging vagina or uterus to start urination
  • Urine leakage with intercourse

The FDA announcement stated that it was now recommending to physicians to “carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh.”

The most frequently reported complications from surgical mesh used to repair POP include mesh becoming exposed or protruding out of the vaginal tissue (erosion), pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation from surgical tools used in the mesh placement procedure, and urinary problems. Some reports cited the need for additional surgeries or hospitalization to treat complications or to remove the mesh.

Adverse Event reports to the FDA regarding transvaginal placement of surgical mesh increased significantly from the period of 2008 to 2010.

J&J Vaginal Surgical Mesh Faces FDA Panel as Number of Lawsuits Increase

September 8, 2011 – David Voreacos and Alex Nussbaum

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and C.R. Bard Inc. may have to submit more safety data on a type of surgical mesh that has led to about 500 lawsuits against the manufacturers.

A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers is meeting today and tomorrow on whether the mesh, which supports weakened muscles that can’t hold a woman’s pelvic organs in place, is safe and effective. If not, the device makers may be required to provide more data to keep their products, approved by regulators under an abbreviated process, on the market.

Gynecare Prolift Baginal Mesh Sold by J&J for 3-years Without FDA Approval

March 21, 2012

According to a recent report, Johnson & Johnson sold their Gynecare Prolift mesh for several years before obtaining FDA approval, and the manufacturer now faces a number of product liability lawsuits brought by women who suffered complications allegedly caused by design defects with the vaginal surgical mesh. Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit began selling the Prolift mesh in March 2005, but it was not approved by the FDA until May 2008, three years later.

The FDA did not know that the device was on the market until 2007, when the manufacturer asked for approval for a related device, which are both used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and female stress urinary incontinence.

According to a recent report by Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson believed it was allowed to sell the Gynecare Prolift mesh without approval because it was substantially similar to the Gynecare Gynemesh, which was already on the market. However, the FDA has taken issue with this assertion.

Between the release date of the Prolift mesh and the FDA actually approving it for sale, there were 123 adverse event reports associated with the product, including reports of death and serious injury, according to Bloomberg. The fact that doctors and patients were reporting problems with a medical device that the FDA had not approved without raising alarm bells raises questions about the agency’s oversight over approved medical devices.

The Ethicon Gynecare Prolift mesh is now one of a number of surgical mesh products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, as well as other companies, that are the subject product liability lawsuits nationwide. Hundreds of women are presenting claims that allege they suffered painful and debilitating complications after the vaginal mesh was implanted, such as pelvic pain, infection and erosion of the mesh through the vagina.

All vaginal mesh lawsuits involve similar allegations that the manufacturers failed to adequately research and test their products, rushing the products to the market through the FDA’s controversial fast-track approval system, which allows the agency to approve medical devices without rigorous pre-market testing when they feature a substantially similar design to other previously approved products.

Johnson & Johnson reportedly failed to even obtain 510(k) approval before marketing the Gynecare Prolift mesh.

Public awareness about the risk of the vaginal mesh problems increased last year, after the FDA issued warnings about an increasing number of adverse event reports associated with the products.  In July 2011, the FDA issued transvaginal mesh warning, indicating that they have been unable to find any evidence that transvaginal mesh kits used for repair of pelvic organ prolapse provide any benefit over other available means of treatment.

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