Prolene Mesh, which is manufactured and marketed by Ethicon (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), is a synthetic monofilament suture used for the treatment of hernias, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Unfortunately, when used during POP and SUI surgeries, Prolene Mesh has been linked to complications including mesh erosion, infections, pain, dyspareunia, organ perforation, and the recurrence of urinary problems. Making matters worse, Prolene Mesh is extremely difficult to remove once implanted, meaning that women who experience adverse health complications may not ever be able to fully recover from their injuries.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to Prolene Mesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the Problem with Prolene Mesh?
Ethicon Prolene Mesh devices have come under increased scrutiny over the past several years, as more and more women have reported painful complications following POP and SUI repair surgeries. In 2011, the FDA warned that between 2008 and 2010, it had received more than 1,500 adverse event reports (AERS) of transvaginal mesh problems, which included instances of:
- erosion through vaginal epithelium
- pain, including dyspareunia
- urinary problems
- recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
- bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- vaginal scarring
- mesh erosion
Additionally, there have been a number of reports of recurrent prolapse, neuromuscular issues, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, as well as mental and emotional problems associated with Prolene Mesh devices. Sadly, a large number of these complications may require revision surgeries, including emergency medical intervention and hospitalization. According to a July 2011 Safety Communication issued by the FDA:
“The FDA’s literature review found that erosion of mesh through the vagina is the most common and consistently reported mesh-related complication from transvaginal POP surgeries using mesh. Mesh erosion can require multiple surgeries to repair and can be debilitating for some women. In some cases, even multiple surgeries will not resolve the complication.”
The Safety Communication went on to state that surgical mesh complications may include severe pelvic pain, pain during sex, and the inability to engage in intercourse. Additionally, men may experience irritation and pain in the penis during sex when transvaginal mesh is exposed.
Prolene Mesh Lawsuits
Ethicon Prolene Mesh Lawsuits are moving forward in courthouses around the country. In August 2012, Ethicon filed its Answer to the First Master Amended Complaint in the federal Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. According to court documents, a number of Prolene Mesh products are named in the complaints, including:
- Prolene Mesh/Prolene Soft Mesh
- Gynemesh PS,
- Gynemesh TVT
- TVT Exact
- TVT Abbrevo
- Prolift + M
Do I Have a Prolene Mesh Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in prolene mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new prolene mesh lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Prolene Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to prolene mesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.