Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Are Being Filed Across The Country
Thomas AnapolAugust 14, 2012 10:41 AM
Last Week, two women in two separate states filed lawsuits against Minnesota-based American Medical Systems, alleging that their pelvic mesh products was the direct result of their painful injuries. One Plaintiff filed an additional claim against Pennsylvania-based Endo Pharmaceuticals.
In her complaint, the woman whose case was filed in Florida, says she has experienced physical and mental pain and suffering, she has sustained permanent injury and physical deformity, she has undergone and will have to undergo corrective surgery or surgeries, and she has suffered financial and economic loss.
The crux of transvaginal mesh problems is mesh erosion, affecting the bladder and other pelvic organs. This can cause painful intercourse, and can more seriously require a revision surgery. These surgeries, though necessary to treat the new problems, are not always possible to perform.
The complaint accuses the defendants of underreporting and withholding information about the dangers of their pelvic mesh product, as well as intentionally misleading the Food and Drug Administration, the medical community, patients and the public at large about the problems associated with the product.
The Plaintiff claims that had she known the true facts about the dangers of the product, she would have never undergone the surgery to have the device implanted in her body in the first place.
Transvaginal mesh devices have been the most common treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence. Last year, the FDA warned that this treatment, though commonly used, was more risky than alternative treatments for these two conditions, and advised doctors and patients to consider all other alternatives before choosing this procedure, options that might not have otherwise been mentioned to patients. This warning was meant for all manufacturers of pelvic mesh, not just Endo and American Medical Systems. Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, announced earlier this summer that their Gynecare mesh was being pulled from the market and would be gradually phased out over the course of a year. With the recent filing of Transvaginal Mesh lawsuits, more manufactures may decide to voluntarily remove their products from the market.