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Vaginal Mesh Helpline Helping women Nationwide

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Vaginal Mesh Helpline is seeing an alarming increase in women and family members calling for both medical and legal help. The reported complications range from mild to very severe and some even life threatening. “They are all very similar”

says Lisa Spitzer MSW who speaks to most of the callers personally “The mesh was usually implanted to help strengthen a weakened pelvic floor” Says Spitzer ” In a women the pelvic floor consists of the bladder, bowel and Uterus, The vaginal wall is an intricate system of muscle and ligaments that can weaken from age, child birth or hysterectomy. Sometimes it is just poor genetics. Many women went in for a hysterectomy and came out with a mesh”” Doctors were lead to believe the mesh was the miracle answer”” very often the mesh was used for very mild SUI”” Women began having complications and infections when the mesh began to fail” The symptoms of a failed mesh which are reported to us include severe razor blade pain or pain that feels like child birth, pain on one side of the body, lower back pain, Spot bleeding, inability to have sexual intercourse, Increased incontinence or problems voiding, Bowel related symptoms or abdominal pain, difficulty sitting and infections.” ” It is important women understand they are not alone”” It is reported over 300,000 women have been implanted with mesh devices”We asked what is the mesh made of ” The mesh is made of a synthetic propylene fiber, a stretchy synthetic material.””When it falls apart and erodes it is very painful” She continues ” Women are angry at their Doctors”” many women are going back to the Doctors that put the Mesh in with no help”” They are being told it is all in their mind, just get used to it, We can try to trim it, It cannot be removed, we do not have your records any longer, try physical therapy, It is your fault for coughing, It is because you smoke and cough, get a colonoscopy, it is a tumor, and everything imaginable other then it could be the mesh failing. In October 2008 the FDA issued a warning regarding the vaginal mesh implants to Healthcare practitioners.

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Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits May Be Centralized in West Virginia Court

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

(openPR) – A number of plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against the makers of vaginal mesh implants are seeking to consolidate the cases in a federal court. The push for consolidation comes as the first bellwether trials in the mesh litigation are scheduled to begin in November 2012.

The U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation was presented with numerous motions to consolidate a number of cases filed against Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems with cases relating to the Bard Avaulta mesh system. If the panel approves the plaintiffs’ request, the cases would be heard by Chief Judge Joseph Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Judge Goodwin has already been assigned to preside over a number of the Avaulta cases.

Since 2008, the FDA has received thousands of complaints from women who complained of severe pain, infection, scarring, blood vessel damage and other complications after receiving a vaginal mesh implant. The FDA issued updated safety warnings for the devices to better inform women of the potential health risks associated with the implants.

It’s estimated that there are approximately 4,000 lawsuits pending against vaginal mesh manufacturers in state and federal courts across the country. With an estimated 300,000 women receiving mesh implants each year, that figure is expected to increase substantially. Centralization of some or all of these cases could streamline the process and substantially reduce costs for all parties involved.

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Vaginal Mesh Report

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Questions on what is a vaginal Mesh?

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Vaginal Mesh Products and Women’s Health

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In the 1970s GYN surgeons began using the mesh designed for hernia repairs to help reinforce tissues in the vagina to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Up to 50% of women may experience some type of prolapse (Maher, 2010), but only a few percent will need surgical treatment.  In POP, either the bladder collapses down from the upper wall of the vagina (cystocele), the rectum pushes through the lower wall of the vagina (rectocele), or the top of the vagina collapses down the vaginal canal. Yet it was not until 2002 that there was an FDA approved product designed specifically for repairs of pelvic organ prolapse.
There are four types of surgical mesh: non-absorbable polyester or polypropylene, absorbable synthetics, animal tissues, and combinations of the above. Most GYN and female urology surgeries use the polyester or polypropylene type of mesh.

As discussed earlier, there are several types of materials that can be used for surgical repairs. One of the older synthetic meshes used to make a sling (Mersilene®) had a reported erosion rate of 8% requiring surgical removal. While this material has had decreased use in the past 15 years, some of the women with erosion were 20 years out from their SI surgery (Wohlrab, 2009)

In one group of 179 women with complications from synthetic mesh materials, 125 had a sling placed under the urethra for repair for SI. The most frequent problems were bladder outlet obstruction, pain, and narrow mesh/tape exposure. The mesh complications for SI surgery were found to be different than those for POP repair (Skala, 2011).

A thorough search of published reports of sling surgery complications yielded over 1200 articles. Some complications were more related to surgery (e.g., perforation, bleeding) while others would appear later (e.g., urge incontinence, urinary tract infections, and voiding problems). The number of complications also varied with the type of surgery (Daneshgari, 2008). Not all surgeries utilized synthetic mesh; however for the years examined (1995-2007) mesh was an increasingly popular choice.

For a concise overview of the FDA’s concerns, and other links to more in depth information you can go to the FDA website.

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Vaginal Mesh Controversy Brings 600 Lawsuits

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Ongoing concerns about the safety of vaginal mesh products have led to about 600 lawsuits so far against four major makers of the product, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.

About 270 lawsuits have been filed just against Johnson & Johnson, with the rest naming C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems, which is being acquired by Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings. So far, none of the cases have gone to trial.

In July, the FDA warned of a fivefold increase in women suffering pain and injuries after the mesh was inserted. Last week, an advisory panel agreed with FDA staff that the agency should reclassify mesh from moderate risk to high risk and require more studies to determine if it is safe and effective.

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