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Florida Women Sue Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

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Three-hundred women from 34 states including Florida are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh used to pelvic organ prolapse. Though the mesh is manufactured by many different companies, the main manufacturers are Johnson & Johnson division Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems.

One of the plaintiffs involved in the Florida lawsuit told Florida Today that she wishes should could take back her decision to undergo pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery with transvaginal mesh.

“I would definitely question the mesh, get a second opinion and Google it to find out more,” Charlene Reinhardt, 69, said. “An expert specialist is supposed to take care of this problem, but in our case, that didn’t happen.”

She and three other Florida plaintiffs said their mesh ordeal has involved complications from erosion.  Despite undergoing procedures to have the mesh removed, all four women continue to suffer pain and disability as a result of the devices.

The FDA is considering stricter regulation for medical devices, and issued a safety communication in 2008, however, the transvaginal mesh devices are still on the market and are now the focus of dozens of lawsuits. The discovery process for the Florida lawsuit is being overseen by a federal judge in West Virginia who will settle the lawsuits, or send each case back to its original jurisdiction. An updated safety communication was issued by the FDA in July 2011.

After implantation, the mesh becomes a permanent fixture in the body, as cells and tissue wind through the openings in mesh to hold it in place. Lawsuits are being filed because the mesh tends to set off inflammation, and erodes nearby tissue and organs. Once implanted, the mesh can never be entirely removed.

The FDA will convene a panel of experts in September to discuss the effectiveness and safety of transvaginal mesh as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. disclaimer: This article: Florida Women Sue Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries was posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 9:35 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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