The vaginal sling lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential product liability lawsuits for women who have experienced problems following surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence where Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Gynecare mesh or another bladder sling product was used.
In addition to vaginal mesh lawsuits for products manufactured by other companies, cases are being pursued for the following systems sold by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary:
- Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Mesh
- Ethicon Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Mesh
- Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh
- Ethicon Prolene Mesh
- Ethicon Gynecare TVT Sling
Compensation may be available through an Ethicon Gynecare vaginal mesh or bladder sling lawsuit for women who have experienced complications, such as pain, infection, erosion of the mesh or other problems. It is not necessary for women to know the type of surgical mesh they received. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
ETHICON GYNECARE VAGINAL MESH PROBLEMS
Ethicon Gynecare Mesh Lawyers
Lawsuits over problems with Ethicon Gynecare vaginal mesh are being reviewed for women who experienced:
- Erosion of the Mesh
- Urinary Problems
- Pelvic Pain
- Hardening of the Mesh
- Injury to Nearby Organs
- Difficulty during Sex
Problems with transvaginal mesh or bladder sling systems marketed by a number of different medical device manufacturers have caused thousands of women throughout the United States to suffer severe injuries after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
Some of the first products introduced in the United States were made by Gynecare or Ethicon, which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest medical device companies.
Most of these devices were approved under the FDA’s controversial 510(k) Premarket Notification System, which allows the manufacturer to start selling the product without vigorous premarket testing when they establish that it is substantially equivalent to something else that has already been approved.
In recent years, the FDA has received reports of thousands of problems with Ethicon Gynecare vaginal mesh systems and products made by other companies. Tens of thousands of women are now pursuing transvaginal mesh lawsuits after experiencing complications from Ethicon Gynecare mesh.
Not only do these products pose a risk of serious complications, there is no evidence that transvaginal insertion of a bladder sling provides any benefit over other available treatments for pelvic organ prolapse.
Some of the different transvaginal mesh and bladder suspension surgery products manufacturered and sold by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division include:
▸ Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
The Ethicon Gyncare Prolift Total, Anterior and Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Systems was first introduced in September 2005. Gynecare Prolift+M variations were introduced in May 2008.
Ethicon Prolift pelvic mesh is made of Type I polypropylene material. It is designed for tranobturator placement to correct an anterior prolapse (which involves repair of a cystocele or bladder prolapse into the vagina), or through the sacrospinous ligament to correct s posterior prolapse (which involves repair of a rectocele or rectum prolapse) or apical vaginal wall defects.
According to an August 2010 study published in the Journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the rate of vaginal mesh erosion with Gynecare Prolift pelvic mesh was 15.6%. Since the pelvic mesh provides no difference in overall objective and subjective cure rates, the researchers questioned the value of Ethicon Gynecare Prolift mesh for vaginal prolapse repairs.
▸ Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh
The Ethicon Prolift mesh was approved as a derivative of earlier vaginal mesh products, including the Gynecare Gynemesh, which was first introduced in October 2002. Gynemesh is also referred to as the Gynecare GynemeshPS, nonabsorbable Prolene Soft Mesh, for vaginal wall prolapse surgical treatment.
Ethicon Gynemeh is porous, which allows surrounding tissues to grow into and incorporate the material as part of the body, which can create even more severe problems attempting to remove the mesh if complications develop.
▸ Ethicon Prolene Mesh
One of the products used to gain approval for Gynemesh products was the Ethicon Prolene Mesh, which is a polypropylene mesh marketed for repair of hernia and other deficiencies in the fascia. However, Ethicon Prolene mesh has been used for vaginal surgery or bladder suspension
▸ Ethicon Gynecare TVT Sling
Gynecare TVT slings include a large family of products for treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Some of the variations include TVT Obturator System (TVT-O), TVT Secure System (TVT-S), TVT Retropublic System, TVT Exact and TVT Abbrevo. They each feature the Gynecare TVT mesh, which has been used for more than 11 years in over 1.5 million patients throughout the world. However, Ethicon TVT bladder slings have also been cited as a cause for complications and problems by many women.
ETHICON GYNECARE TRANSVAGINAL SLING LAWYERS
Compensation may be available through an Ethicon Gynecare vaginal mesh settlement as a result of the manufacturers failure to adequately research their products or warn about the serious risk of problems and complications.
As a result of the manufacturer’s decision to place profits before patient safety, women were exposed to a risk of painful and disfiguring injuries that may permanently impact their quality of life.
The Ethicon Gynecare mesh lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for women who suspect that they may have received one of these products or another bladder sling system sold by a different company.
Request a confidential and free legal consultation if you, a friend or family member have experienced problems after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, where surgical mesh may have been placed transvaginally. All cases are reviewed on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no attorney fees unless we are successful obtaining compensation in your injury lawsuit.