BAKERSFIELD, Cali. — In Bakersfield, California a local woman won her trial against Johnson & Johnson for injuries caused by its dangerous and defective transvaginal mesh.
The jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Coleen Perry $5.7 million for the injuries she suffered from their transvaginal mesh; $700,000 of the award was for compensatory damages and $5 million was for punitive damages.
Perry had the TVT Abbrevo transvaginal mesh implanted in her body in 2011. This particular brand of transvaginal mesh was sold by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit. The Abbrevo line of transvaginal mesh was approved for sale in the U.S. in 2010 by the FDA. Almost immediately after having the surgery, Perry began to feel pain as the mesh began to erode. To this day, Perry still suffers pain and discomfort despite the removal of the product.
Johnson & Johnson is only one of multiple companies facing over 70,000 cases in federal court and countless more in state court for their dangerous transvaginal mesh medical devices.
Transvaginal Mesh and Its Uses
Transvaginal mesh was a popular surgical device that was supposed to be a cure for urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles in the vagina are too weak to hold the neighboring organs in place and they fall through into the uterus. The device is a synthetic mesh that is surgically implanted into the body. It essentially acts as a form of support for the weakened muscles.
Unfortunately, the device has been found to cause serious health complications because it erodes or breaks off into pieces in the body. The result is pain, infection, internal scarring, organ perforation, and sexual problems. Furthermore, because transvaginal mesh is fundamentally flawed, it ends up causing women to suffer from pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. The only treatment is to have additional surgery to remove the mesh, but it does not mean the health complications diminish. In fact, most women suffer pain for the rest of their lives.
The FDA first issued a safety communication on these devices in 2011 and it has continued to publish more updates detailing the risks of transvaginal mesh, the most recent being in October 2014. Transvaginal mesh, however, still remains a serious risk to women and it is through the success of lawsuits such as Perry’s that women across the country can help other women seek the help they need after suffering from these dangerous device implants.
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