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The Ethicon division of Johnson and Johnson has announced that it plans to stop selling four kinds of vaginal mesh products. The announcement comes in the wake of over 1,400 vaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed by women who have suffered injuries from these devices.

Vaginal mesh is a semi-permeable barrier that is implanted into a woman by a doctor. It is made from a synthetic or biological material and is considered to be permanent. Vaginal mesh has many holes in it. This permits body tissue to grow into the mesh.

Vaginal mesh is regarded as a medical device. This is due to the fact that it is implanted into a woman’s body while she is under an anesthetic. Incisions are made inside of a woman’s vagina and the tissue that supports her vagina. These incisions are strengthened with stitches. The mesh is a medical device that placed under the vaginal skin.

Treatment for abdominal hernias

It was in the 1950s when doctors first began to use what is now known as vaginal mesh. At that time, the mesh was used to treat abdominal hernias. The medical device was placed into a person’s abdomen by a surgical incision.

In the 1970s, doctors began cutting this mesh into a different shape for the purpose of treating female Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). As a result of an increase in the popularity of mesh being used in these ways in the 1990s, medical device companies started producing and marketing mesh products that were in configurations that would treat POP and SUI.

The purpose of vaginal mesh is to give reinforcement to weakened vaginal tissue. It is a medical device that creates what is sometimes referred to as a bladder sling or pelvic sling.

FDA warning

In October 2008, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) warned healthcare professionals about serious complications and injuries that had been associated with vaginal mesh. At that time, the FDA had gotten more than 1,000 reports from manufacturers regarding complications and injuries from the use of vaginal mesh.

Prompted by thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits being filed by women against Johnson and Johnson and Ethicon, the company has asked permission from the FDA to stop marketing their four Gynecare vaginal mesh devices. Johnson and Johnson says that “this is not a recall; it’s a global discontinuation” that is based on the products’ commercial viability “in light of changing market dynamics, and is not related to safety or efficacy.”

The president of the National Research for Women and Families said, “This is very good news for women because it takes several products off the market that have harmed a lot of women. (However), the bad news is that there are many other surgical meshes still on the market that are just as dangerous.”

Serious injuries

Serious injuries have been linked to Ethicon’s Gynecare vaginal mesh devices. Complications have included mesh erosion into the vagina, urinary difficulties, organ injuries, pain during sex, infection, pelvic organ prolapse, perforated bladder, perforated bowl or perforated blood vessels and vaginal scarring.

If you are a woman who has been suffering any of these complications from vaginal mesh, you ought to see your doctor as soon as possible for treatment. You may also want to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options for being compensated for your medical expenses and your pain and suffering.
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