Thousands of women who have been implanted with Ethicon Prolene mesh have been seriously injured. Unfortunately, this polypropylene (plastic) mesh can contract, erode into tissues, and cause severe organ damage, infection, and other problems that require corrective surgery. Many women who were injured are now seeking justice, and the first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has already gone to trial. The plaintiff was awarded $11.1 million in compensation and punitive damages.
Do I have an Ethicon Prolene Mesh Lawsuit? If you or your loved one was injured by Ethicon Prolene mesh, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is Ethicon Prolene Mesh?
Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, developed Prolene mesh in the 1990s. This porous, woven synthetic material is made of polypropylene (plastic), and it is based on hernia mesh. There are many types of Prolene mesh for different surgeries. Although they are primarily used for hernia repair, in recent years, they have also been used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in women.
POP and SUI occur when weakened muscles in the pelvic floor allow abdominal organs to drop down into the vagina or rectum. Prolene mesh (also known as “transvaginal mesh” or a “bladder sling”) supports the pelvic floor like a hammock.
What is the problem?
The problem with using Ethicon Prolene mesh to treat incontinence and organ prolapse is that it has been associated with some very severe side effects. Even with multiple additional surgeries, many women suffer from permanent complications that severely decrease quality of life.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published warnings in 2008 and 2011, but many women were not informed about these warnings until after they were implanted with Prolene mesh. In this Safety Communication, the FDA warned:
“Serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare. … Furthermore, it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to greater risk.”
Complications of Prolene Mesh
Prolene mesh complications and side effects include:
- Chronic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Organ damage
- Bowel perforation
- Vaginal dehiscence
- Protrusion of the mesh into the vagina
- Vaginal disfigurement, scarring, or shrinkage
- Mesh contraction or shrinkage
- Recurrent incontinence or prolapse
- Additional surgery
- And more
Ethicon Prolene Mesh Lawsuits
If you were injured by Ethicon Prolene mesh, you are not alone. Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon is currently facing more than 5,000 lawsuits from people who were injured by their Prolene mesh and other vaginal mesh products. These lawsuits have been centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) located in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Do I Have an Ethicon Prolene Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Ethicon Prolene mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Ethicon Prolene Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Ethicon Prolene mesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.