Transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuit ends in $3.27 million verdict for Illinois woman

by Jim Orr

A West Virginia jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $3.27 million to a woman alleging injuries from a defectively designed transvaginal surgical mesh implant. Following a trial in federal court in Charleston, the jury found defective Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon TVT-O mesh sling and held J&J responsible for injuries to Jo Huskey of Illinois.

The TVT-O mesh sling is sold as a treatment for incontinence. Huskey received her Ethicon sling implant in 2011 to treat stress urinary incontinence. After suffering pain that made sex difficult, she had surgery to remove the device later that same year. She continues to suffer from chronic pelvic pain, according to court filings.

More than 30,000 lawsuits are pending against Johnson & Johnson accusing their subsidiary Ethicon of making improperly designed vaginal inserts. Huskey’s lawsuit was one of many such vaginal-mesh cases that have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia.

Lawsuits filed by transvaginal mesh victims

Surgical mesh, generally speaking, is a loosely woven sheet used as either a permanent or temporary support for organs and other tissues used in a variety of surgeries. Transvaginal mesh products are used to treat women with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. A surgeon threads the mesh through incisions in the vagina to fortify pelvic muscles that failed to support internal organs or to treat incontinence.

Experts have found that surgery with mesh carries additional risks of complications while offering no additional benefits to the patient. Since 2008, the FDA issued multiple warnings about the risk of complications for patients who receive surgical mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Women who have undergone surgery with mesh have experienced serious complications, including severe pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), organ perforation, urinary problems, and vaginal mesh erosion.
Thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits have been filed involving more than 50 different brands of implants against manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Gynecare, and American Medical Systems.

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