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Hernia Mesh Patients Fear Comparisons To Failed Pelvic Mesh Devices

Millions of hernia mesh patients may experience complications similar to other surgical mesh devices

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - Much of the fears people have over the failures of hernia mesh are real. Some, however, may be imaginary as hernia repair mesh is being compared to pelvic mesh, a medical device that has injured thousands of women and cost the device's manufacturers billions in legal fees. The question is, is this comparison fair and do the millions of hernia repair mesh patients have anything to fear? Johnson & Johnson apparently thought so when the company voluntarily withdrew the product from the market back in 2016. Such a dramatic action is unprecedented for a medical device that was earning so much money for the company. The company said in a written statement that they feared for the product's safety when an unacceptably high number of Physiomesh hernia repair mesh patients complained to German medical hernia database Herniamed that they were forced to undergo second and sometimes third revision surgeries to remove the mesh due to the chronic pain the device was causing. Many believe that in addition, Johnson & Johnson was trying to avoid a repeat of the thousands of lawsuits generated by their transvaginal mesh device. The company's product recall created a sense of panic among other makers of the device and drew comparisons to transvaginal mesh. Physiomesh hernia lawsuits information provided by top national attorneys in the US can help you determine if you have a case against the makers of Ethicon physiomesh.

The transvaginal mesh is a medical screen mesh device that was designed for women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse, a condition common in women that have had multiple pregnancies. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "Surgical mesh can be used for urogynecologic procedures, including repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall for POP repair or support the urethra or bladder neck for the repair of SUI. ... Transvaginal mesh to treat POP." In analyzing the FDA's response to patient complaints about pelvic mesh, UCLA Medical found that "The most frequent complications noted in the FDA statement included infection, pain, urinary problems, vaginal scarring and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. Another complication cited by the FDA was erosion, in which the mesh gradually dislodges from the vaginal wall where it was implanted and moves into the surrounding tissue and organs. Erosion is also called extrusion or exposure when the mesh protrudes from the opening of the vagina."

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended that recommended that doctors cease using the transvaginal mesh. Thousands of women have sued Johnson & Johnson over the failure of their transvaginal mesh and other pelvic meshes. Women with the transvaginal mesh have reported that the device can shrink, harden and buckle causing it to pull free from its intended location and painfully lacerate a woman's sexual organs causing pain and permanent incontinence. Women with the failed device have claimed to be in so much pain that they are unable to work or raise their family. Others have been unable to walk or stand and some have been rendered bedridden. Intercourse was out of the question due to the pain and the lack of intimacy caused additional complications in their relationships including separation and divorce. Some women have reported that the mesh injured their partner's sex organ while having intercourse as well.

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