As one of many Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawsuits begins, victims suffering devastating side effects because of these implants are likely to be angered by what testimony at trial has revealed. One of the first witnesses to take the stand was Dr. Klinge—a world renowned expert in mesh products—who testified that he warned Johnson & Johnson in 2005 that their mesh products were incorrectly designed and would put patients in danger. Despite his warning, says Klinge, the company’s Ethicon division continued marketing its TVM implant, and thousands of women who were treated with these devices have suffered serious complications, sparking at least 1800 lawsuits in New Jersey Supreme Court alone.
Thousands of women across the country were implanted with TVM to treat conditions like incontinence and pelvic prolapse. Shortly after the implants soared in popularity, patients began complaining of side effects such as mesh erosion through the vagina; pain during sexual intercourse; perforation or puncture of the bladder, intestines, bowels, and blood vessels around the vaginal wall; recurrent Pelvic Organ Prolapse; urinary problems; vaginal drainage, discharge, scarring and shortening; and chronic vaginal pain and bleeding. All of these side effects are devastating enough, but knowing that they could have been prevented had J&J heeded warnings is even more disheartening to the victims of defective TVM implants.
Although many lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of women injured by TVM implants manufactured by J & J and other companies, new cases are still being processed. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects as the result of a TVM implant, the medical injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin would be happy to offer you a free consultation to see if we may be of assistance to you with your case.