Jury Decides On Pelvic Mesh Case in Texas

Over recent years, a number of medical solutions to the problem of vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence problems after pregnancy have offered women increased function and better quality of life. Transvaginal mesh seemed to provide a good option for these problems. However, reports of problems with the device led to a number of product defect lawsuits. In one of these suits, a Texas jury ordered Johnson & Johnson, who manufactures the Ethicon TVT-0 mesh device to pay $1.2 million in damages to a patient who was injured by the device.

Transvaginal Mesh Products

Transvaginal mesh devices were designed to provide additional support for reproductive and urinary organs that may have suffered relaxation from pregnancy or natural aging. The devices are made of natural or synthetic materials, and were designed to be implanted within the vaginal walls to simulate the support of normal muscles. However, women and their physicians reported a number of problems with the device, which in some cases shrank and deteriorated, causing injuries to internal organs. In many cases, additional medical procedures were required to repair the damage to tissues. As many as 70,000 devices were implanted in women just in 2010. An estimated 12,000 federal lawsuits are pending against J & J concerning these devices.

Injuries from the Device

Shrinking, deterioration, and erosion of the device can cause a number of injuries to the patient, including chronic pain, blood in the urine, pain during intercourse, urinary tract infections, fistulas, painful urination, bowel perforation, bladder perforation, and hemorrhage. Many women who had the mesh implanted had to undergo revision surgery to repair the damage caused by the devices. Johnson & Johnson, C. Bard and 31 other companies have been named in lawsuits involving injuries from their transvaginal mesh products.

Sources:
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2014/04/post_285.html
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/default.htm