Transvaginal Mesh - Consumer Drug Report
Johnson & Johnson sued for vaginal mesh complications

Pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, now faces thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits by women who claim that transvaginal mesh causes complications and injuries. Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh that is generally used to repair weakened or damaged tissue. In urogynecologic procedures, surgical mesh is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vagina wall to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or to support the urethra to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

According to the Food and Drug Administration, in 2010 there were at least 100,000 POP repairs that used surgical mesh, 75,000 of these was transvaginal procedures. Many of the women who have had the surgical mesh procedure say that they have experienced side effects such as infection, inflammation, scar tissue, pelvic pain, pelvic floor damage, and more.

On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued an updated safety communication warning health care providers and patients about the increasing concerns about the adverse events associated with transvaginal mesh, stating that surgical placement of mesh through the vagina to repair POP may expose patients to greater risk than other surgical options.

Women injured by surgical mesh make allegations that Johnson & Johnson underrepresented and withheld information about the tendency of the products to fail and cause injury and complications. It is also believed that Johnson & Johnson failed to properly test and research the surgical mesh to evaluate the risks and benefits associated with the surgical mesh.

As a result of the complications and injuries caused by surgical mesh implants, those women affected must now seek medical treatment. The FDA recommends that health care providers realize that surgical mesh, in most cases, can be successfully treated without the need for a surgical mesh implant. Health care providers are also highly advised to only choose surgical mesh after all benefits and risks have been identified.


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