are a form of implant which was used for several years as a surgical solution to conditions which cause organs to put pressure on the pelvic area, such as POP. The implants are designed to support the organs and prevent damage to the vaginal area, however they had unusually high failure rates, and cased unpleasant and dangerous side-effects.
The FDA has advised doctors to avoid transvaginal mesh implants in favor of other treatments whenever possible, and to ensure that where the implants are recommended patients are fully informed of the potential risks. Women who were given implants that have failed are successfully agreeing settlements with the manufacturers of the implants.
Johnson and Johnson recently agreed to resolve four cases surrounding the implants. The exact details of the cases are confidential at this time, however it is known that the women have made allegations that the implants left them in serious pain, with one family claiming that an infection caused in part by the implant led to the death of a member of their family.
The implants are supposed to bolster organs that are sagging and putting pressure on the vaginal area, and can also be used to treat problems such as incontinence, however, one trial conducted on the implants found that they had a failure rate of over 15 percent. Because the failures were so dangerous, the trial was stopped early.
Johnson and Johnson are not the only company that makes and fits the implants. Boston Scientific Corp is another company that makes them, and there are several others. All of the vaginal mesh makers have had similar issues, and there has been a large number of transvaginal lawsuits relating to the products.
Serious Side Effects
The issues surrounding the implants differ slightly with each design. It has been alleged that Ethicon’s Prolift, for example, shrinks when it is implanted and that this damages the organs that it is supposed to support. Some women have reported contant debilitating pain, while others have reported that they now find sexual intercourse difficult. Johnson and Johnson have agreed to pull four of their implant lines off the market in response to the issues that women have reported.
The courts are concerned that the devices made by Boston Scientific, Bard and Johnson & Johnson have serious design flaws, and that women were not properly warned about the potential risks of having the implant.
The suits are all being overseen by District Judge Joseph Godwin, and the insert makers have agreed to pre-trial information changes. Godwin is in Charleston, W. Va., and he has encouraged the manufacturers to reach settlements because jury awards could run to the billions. Endo International P.L.C. has already set aside $1.2 billion which it plans to use to cover settlements in relation to its devices.
If you or someone you know has a transvaginal mesh implant and has experienced side effects because of it, it is a good idea to seek legal advice, because there is a strong likelihood that a settlement could be available.