The cure may be worse than the symptoms

Thousands of women across Columbus, Ohio, and the country have had vaginal mesh, or bladder sling, surgically implanted in an attempt to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

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Unfortunately, mesh can erode and fail, causing bleeding, pain during intercourse, vaginal scarring, and urinary tract infection, among other symptoms.  The FDA not admits that mesh failures are “not rare.”

Mesh implants were mainly manufactured by four companies – American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon and C.R. Bard.

What does this mean to you:

Sometimes, a product which is meant to help, only hurts, and makes things worse.    If we can help or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

And now we wait

A jury in New Jersey has begun deliberating on one of the first trials involving surgical or transvaginal mesh.

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The outcome of this early “bell weather” trial will impact how the mesh manufacturers approach the thousands of remaining cases where women suffered bleeding, infection, pain, and urinary problems from the mesh implants.

 

What does this mean to you:

Though it may seem distant and unrelated, early trials in cases like this can have massive legal ripple effects for the remaining individual claims.

 

You mean they didn’t do that already?

Hip joints are important.  Not just to be seen at on the weekends with all the cool kids, but more importantly, to help in walking and stability.  (See what I did there?)

Artificial hip maker Johnson & Johnson knew 40% of its hip implants would fail within in five years.  These are hip joints where metal contacts with metal, causing pain and metal ions to be shaved off into the blood stream.  Even though it knew this, the corporation continued to sell the defective hips to consumers.

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Under a new proposal, makers of artificial hips would now have to prove they were safe BEFORE they could selling existing hips or obtain approval for new all-metal designs.  Darn regulations!

What does this mean to you:

Insurance companies and corporations like Johnson & Johnson hide evidence and information that makes them look bad.  (Read: causes them to actually be accountable for the injuries they cause.)  Talk to a lawyer before ever attempting to communicate or negotiate with one of these companies.

 

We don’t know what we – I mean, you – are talking about

Baby Boomers appear to be here to stay.  I mean, they even have their own Association now, so you know they’re going to stick around and ask for stuff.  Stuff like hip implants that don’t fail after being implanted, causing pain, swelling, and metal on metal friction to throw off chromium and cobalt ions in to their blood streams.  Some people!  For what it’s worth, the medical research surrounding metal ions is ongoing, but as far as I know, no doctors have started prescribing chromium and cobalt ions to be taken once daily by mouth along with your Flintstones.

Doh!

But, the maker of many hip implants, a company called DePuy (pronounced “Dapew”) who is owned by Johnson & Johnson, knew for quite a while that its ASR hip implants were failing.  It was recently learned that, rather than tell the FDA of the product’s defects, or make a change to its design, or immediately recall the device, DePuy opted merely to not make any more ASR hips, but continue to sell the problematic hips it had remaining.

What does this meant to you:

Many times, patients may not know the brand or model of the particular implant they have.  That is, a person may have a DePuy ASR and not even know it.  If you’re having problems, its important to check with your doctor to see which type you have, and if need be, discuss it with a lawyer.