Although Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon is now facing thousands of lawsuits involving Prolene mesh, the company has not issued an official Prolene mesh recall. Several types of Prolene mesh have been “withdrawn” from the market, but the only recall was in 2010 when counterfeit Prolene mesh was sold under the C.R. Bard brand-name. This is alarming, because many women have suffered devastating injuries when the mesh eroded into their body, perforated their organs, or required additional surgery to correct complications.
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What is the Problem with Prolene Mesh?
The Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon Prolene mesh is a brand of synthetic material made of polypropylene (plastic). It is primarily used to repair hernias, but in recent years, it has also been used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (SUI) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women.
The problem with Prolene mesh is that it has been linked to many serious complications. In 2008 and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published Safety Communications to warn that “serious complications … are not rare.” Unfortunately, a warning is not the same as a recall. Many women were not informed of the warning before they were implanted with Prolene mesh. They only learned of the danger after it caused a serious injury.
Prolene Mesh Recall
Prolene mesh has not been recalled. However, many manufacturers have voluntarily “withdrawn” their products from the market. This is not the same as a recall. For example, when Johnson & Johnson withdrew several Prolene mesh products, they said it was due to “changing market dynamics.” Of course, it had nothing to do with safety concerns or the 5,000+ pending lawsuits against the company.
Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon is currently facing a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Many Prolene mesh products are named in the complaint, including:
- Prolene Mesh / Soft Mesh
- Gynemesh PS, TVT
- TVT-Secur, Exact, Abbrevo
- Gynecare Prolift, Proloft +M
Counterfeit Prolene Mesh Recall
In March 2010, the FDA issued a Prolene mesh recall after finding that many sizes of polypropylene mesh were sold in the United States under the C.R. Bard/Davol brand-name. The counterfeit products were not manufactured by Bard.
Complications of Prolene Mesh
The most common complications of Prolene mesh are pain, erosion of the mesh into internal tissues, and additional surgeries to correct complications. These complications frequently occur when large surface-area Prolene mesh is implanted in the pelvic floor.
When Prolene mesh is placed near the thin walls of the vagina, bladder, and/or rectum, the edges of the mesh can also erode into tissues, protrude into the vagina, or perforate internal organs and cause incontinence. Many women have required multiple revision surgeries, yet still suffer from permanent complications.
Complications of Prolene mesh 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
Do I Have a 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 Prolene mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Prolene Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Prolene mesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.