The first two lawsuits involving surgical mesh complications have been awarded multi-million dollar verdicts against the manufacturers — $5.5 million and $11.1 million, respectively. More than 10,000 additional lawsuits have been filed by women who suffered from chronic pain, organ damage, infection, erosion of the mesh, or needed additional surgery. Lawsuits continue to be filed by women who allege that manufacturers did not adequately test their products or warn about the potentially devastating risks.
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$11.1 Million in Lawsuit for Surgical Mesh Complications
March 2013 – Plaintiff Linda Gross of South Dakota has been awarded a multi-million dollar judgement against Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon, the manufacturer of the Gynecare Prolift — $11.1 million in total, including $7.76 in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson for failing to adequately warn about complications.
Mrs. Gross suffered life-threatening surgical mesh complications when the Prolift eroded into her body and caused severe pain and tissue damage. Within just two years, she required 18 surgeries. Even so, she continues to suffer from permanent complications that severely decrease her quality of life.
What is the problem with surgical mesh?
Since the mid-1990s, surgical mesh has been used to treat Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). POP and SUI occur which occur when pelvic muscles become weakened or stretched from pregnancy, menopause, aging, or complications of other surgeries.
Surgical mesh helps strengthen pelvic muscles, which prevents abdominal organs from sagging downward. The mesh is implanted through small, minimally-invasive incisions in the vagina and abdomen. Narrow strips of synthetic or biological material are threaded into the pelvis with large needles. When in place, surgical mesh works sort of like a hammock to support the pelvic floor and treat POP and SUI.
Surgical Mesh Recalled for Complications
The first type of surgical mesh was Boston Scientific’s ProteGen Sling, which was developed from hernia mesh. Although hernia mesh had never been used to treat incontinence or prolapse, the FDA approved the ProteGen in 1996 after Boston Scientific conducted a 90-day study in rodents. Unfortunately, less than three years after the ProteGen was approved, Boston Scientific recalled it due to serious safety concerns in 1999.
Despite these serious complications, dozens of new types of surgical mesh, vaginal mesh, and bladder slings have been approved with very similar designs as the ProteGen. By early 2011, the FDA received more than 5,000 reports of surgical mesh complications. Despite FDA warnings in 2009 and 2011, surgeons continued to implant surgical mesh and women continued to be seriously injured. Today, more than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed by women who were injured.
FDA Warning for Surgical Mesh Complications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Safety Communication regarding surgical mesh complications, with the following warning:
“FDA has received reports of complications associated with the mesh. The complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (when the loops of the intestines adhere to each other or the mesh), and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels. Other complications of hernia repair can occur with or without the mesh, including infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.”
Surgical Mesh Complications
The FDA also warned about “serious consequences” when complications occur. The most common serious complications include:
- Erosion through the vagina
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of the prolapse and/or incontinence
Other serious surgical mesh complications include:
- Scarring of the vagina
- Chronic discomfort and pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Need for additional surgery
- Vaginal disfigurement
- Organ damage (bowel, bladder, blood vessels)
- And more
Do I Have a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in surgical mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by surgical mesh complications, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.