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Ethicon Mesh Recall and Lawsuit FAQ

Ethicon Mesh RecallEthicon is a manufacture of surgical mesh products. Surgical mesh is an artificial, net-like product used by doctors to support weakened or damaged tissue inside the body. In some procedures, doctors insert surgical mesh into a woman’s body through the vagina to better reach the affected area. This is known as a TransVaginal Mesh procedure.

TransVaginal Mesh is commonly used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Ethicon Mesh is used to treat both conditions frequently occurring in women following childbirth. Damaged and weakened tissue allows internal organs to shift inside the body, leading to numerous health problems. In treating POP, mesh is implanted in the body to support a weakened vaginal wall. In treating SUI, on the other hand, mesh forms part of a sling system inserted to support internal organs. Besides TransVaginal Mesh placement, surgical mesh can also be inserted through the abdomen.

Have you been implanted with Ethicon Mesh? Are you wondering what injuries associated with Ethicon Mesh? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of problems related to TransVaginal Mesh. One of the most commonly reported problems is mesh erosion. Eroding mesh can disintegrate inside the body and migrate, often causing sharp fragments of the synthetic material to scrape and pierce internal organs and tissue. Many women also report pain, infection, urinary problems, bleeding, organ perforation, and a recurrence of POP or SUI. In addition, some women have reported pain during sexual intercourse.

TransVaginal Mesh can only be removed by multiple revision surgeries, leading to additional medical procedures and costs. Recent health problems reported by women who received Ethicon TransVaginal mesh have led to government action and lawsuits.

Q: Has there been an Ethicon mesh recall?

To date, Ethicon Mesh has not been recalled. The FDA has issued two public health warnings regarding TransVaginal mesh, in October 2008 and July 2011. This has led to increased awareness about the risks associated with TransVaginal mesh in the medical community and amongst the public.

However, an Ethicon mesh recall is still possible. Other manufacturers have issued TransVaginal Mesh recalls and pulled their products from the market. Ethicon has announced that it will stop selling four of its TransVaginal Mesh, but has stopped short of recalling products already sold. This market withdrawal applies to the following Ethicon products:

  • Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
  • Gynecare Prolift+M Pelvic Floor Repair System
  • Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Floor Repair System
  • Gynecare TVT Secur System

Thousands of women have filed lawsuits against Ethicon and its parent company Johnson & Johnson. Over 3,000 claims have been filed in New Jersey alone. The plaintiffs allege, among many other claims, that Ethicon defectively designed its mesh products, failed to warn patients about the risks of using its mesh products, misrepresented its products in marketing materials, and fraudulently concealed information about its products from patients. Some cases that have gone to trial have seen juries award millions of dollars to victims.

If you believe you are suffering from Ethicon mesh Complications, you should contact your doctor to determine if you are suffering from complications related to an Ethicon mesh implant. If you are, you should contact a lawyer to evaluate your case and determine if you can prosecute. Lawsuits can hinge on how quickly you file suit, so timely action is important. In addition, you should keep an eye out for a possible Ethicon mesh recall.

UPDATE: Ethicon “Lost” or Destroyed Thousands of Critical Vaginal Mesh Documents

December 16, 2013

Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson lost or destroyed hundreds of thousands of documents that could be critical for vaginal mesh lawsuits. J&J executives either lost or purposely damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of related documents pertaining to their vaginal sling devices over the past decade. As the plaintiffs purport, this was done to directly hinder the legal suits being brought forth against the maker due to the countless complications – some minor and some serious – that have resulted as an effect of these faulty medical devices.

September 19, 2013

C.R. Bard has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who was injured by the Avaulta vaginal mesh implant for an undisclosed sum.

August 26, 2013

Bard agrees to a $2.2 million settlement with Donna Cission, a woman who was injured by the Avaulta.

July 29, 2013

The first federal lawsuit against C.R. Bard ended in a mistrial after an expert witness told the jury that the Avaulta implant was withdrawn from the market. A new jury has been selected and opening arguments begin today.

July 18, 2013

Judge Goodwin has selected four vaginal mesh lawsuits for the first bellwether trials against American Medical Systems (AMS).

July 17, 2013

American Medical Systems (AMS) has paid $54.5 million to settle an undisclosed number of lawsuits involving the Apogee, Perigee, and Elevate vaginal mesh implants.

March 15, 2013

$7.76 million awarded in second vaginal mesh lawsuit.

January 9, 2013

With more than 1,800 vaginal mesh lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare Prolift, the first lawsuit has gone to trial before a jury in New Jersey.

December 11, 2012

Judge Goodwin has scheduled the first “bellwether” trials against AMS, Ethicon, and Boston Scientific for December 2013.

December 8, 2012

Judge Goodwin is currently presiding over more than 8,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits involving 5 manufacturers, 4 Multi-District Litigations (MDLs), and billions of dollars. He has ordered the production of documents regarding Boston Scientific’s ProteGen, which was recalled in 1998. Many manufacturers based new designs on the ProteGen, despite known safety hazards.

September 10, 2012

The judge overseeing the Avaulta vaginal mesh litigation against C.R. Bard has scheduled several bellwether trials. The first trials are set to begin in February 2013. The second set are scheduled for June 2013. Multi-Million Dollar Awards in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits.

March 15, 2013

Linda Gross of South Dakota has been awarded $7.76 million for her vaginal mesh lawsuit, including $4.1 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon. She was implanted with the Gynecare Prolift in 2008. Over the next two years, she required 18 surgeries to correct devastating complications.

July 20, 2012

A jury from Bakersfield, California awarded Christine Scott and her husband, Roy, a $5.5 million award for her vaginal mesh lawsuit. Mrs. Scott, an avid runner, got the Avaulta vaginal mesh implant in 2008 to treat incontinence. Soon after, the mesh perforated her colon, requiring surgical repair. She has undergone eight surgeries and may need more in the future. The surgeries have caused her to suffer severe pain during sexual intercourse. The jury awarded Mr. Scott $500,000 for loss of consortium.

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