Surgical mesh has been used since the 1950’s, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s that surgeons started using mesh to treat female stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). (POP is a condition in which a woman’s pelvic organs weaken, causing the pelvic organs – bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes – to slip down into the woman’s vaginal opening.) Surgical mesh is produced by several different manufacturers and is sold under many different brand names. Some of the more popular manufacturers and brands of surgical mesh are:
- C.R. Bard – Avaulta, Uretex
- Boston Scientific – Advantage Sling System, Uphold Vaginal Support System, Lynx Suprapubic Mid-Urethral Sling System, Obtryx Curved Single, Obtryx Mesh Sling, Prefyx Mid U Mesh Sling System, Prefyx PPS System
- Ethicon (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) – Gynecare Systems
- Tyco Healthcare (now Covidien) – IVS Tunneller
- American Medical Systems (AMS) – AMS Apogee, AMS Perigee, AMS BioArc, AMS Elvate, In-Fast Unltra, MiniArc, Monarc, SPARC, Straight-In mesh.
Ethicon Stops Production of Surgical Mesh Systems
In June 2012, Ethicon, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced it is voluntarily stopping production of the following mesh products used to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence:
- Gynecare TVT Secure System
- Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Floor Repair System
- Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
- Gynecare Prolift +M Pelvic Floor Repair System.
Ethicon is also updating the labeling of the company’s Gynecare Gynemesh PS (the update will limit its use to abdominal procedures for the treatment of POP only). Although Ethicon says the decision to stop producing transvaginal surgical mesh products is not related to the concerns about the safety of their medical devices, more than 600 hundred transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against the company.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Serious adverse side effects have been associated with the use of a transvaginal mesh device, including pain, bloating, abdominal inflammation, recurrence of POP and stress urinary incontinence, infection, mesh erosion, pain during sexual intercourse, bladder perforation, and emotional problems.
Helping Clients Harmed by a Dangerous Product
After suffering a serious transvaginal mesh related complication, you would be well advised to speak to a lawyer at Estey Bomberger. We are not afraid to go up against big corporations like Johnson & Johnson, and are currently reviewing transvaginal mesh claims. We have recovered millions for clients harmed by a dangerous product and will not rest until you have received full and fair compensation for damages. Transvaginal mesh lawsuit damages may include past, current, and future medical bills, lost wages, impaired earning capacity, emotional anguish, physical pain, and diminished quality of life.
You can reach a transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorney at the law firm of Estey Bomberger 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply call or email our firm for free to arrange a confidential, no hassle consultation. There is no charge for the consultation.