Minnesota Woman Sues Johnson & Johnson Over Vaginal Mesh
A Minnesota woman is suing Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, and Gynecare over complications she allegedly suffered after having vaginal mesh implanted.
The woman sates that she suffered a number of complications from a number of vaginal mesh products, including Gynenesh, which was manufactured by the defendants. The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on August 13. It was then transferred to the Southern District of West Virginia’s vaginal mesh MDL on August 29.
The plaintiff states that she had surgery on July 5, 2005 in which she received vaginal mesh products, including Gynemesh, due to suffering from symptomatic vaginal prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
After the surgery, she says she started experiencing complications, which included occasional vaginal bleeding and the continuation of urinary incontinence. The problems worsened, so she was able to undergo surgery in 2008 because it was found that she had vaginal mesh erosion. The doctor gave her a hormone cream prescription, but the complications continued.
She had surgery again in 2008 to remove parts of the vaginal mesh, but her problems continued and this resulted in a second surgery in mid-September 2008. In her complaint, she says that she continues to suffer from complications and will most likely have to have more surgeries, thus suffering permanent disability.
She is seeking compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, disability, and her legal expenses.
Unfortunately, the plaintiff’s case is not unusual because the FDA had to issue a public warning in 2011 about transvaginal mesh complications. These complications include infections, vaginal scarring, urinary issues, bleeding, and much more. This warning was issued because the issues are not rare. It was in June 2012 that Ethicon pulled five of its transvaginal mesh products off of the market.
Women who have had vaginal mesh devices implanted and who are suffering complications are encouraged to speak to their attorney to see if they are eligible to be compensated for their injuries.