Cathleen Ankenman of Nevada has filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division against American Medical Systems Inc., Ethicon Inc., and Johnson & Johnson Inc., after she had to undergo three surgeries to correct problems after being implanted with a vaginal mesh to correct pelvic organ prolapse.
According to the lawsuit, Ankenman was implanted with a vaginal mesh in 2009 and has since been forced to undergo three surgeries to reduce mental and physical pain and suffering. The lawsuit says the products Gynecare Prolift + M and the AMS Monarc have a high failure, injury, and complication rate, and that they fail to perform as intended. The lawsuit also says the products require frequent and potentially debilitating corrective surgeries, and can cause permanent injury.
The lawsuit charges the defendants with fraudulent concealment, strict liability, negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of implied and express warranties.
The lawsuit seeks damages, punitive damages, lost wages, attorney’s fees, interest and court costs, the Southeast Texas Record reported.