Product News and Recalls

Mesh implant forces woman to be celibate

A story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about an ongoing lawsuit concerning vaginal mesh implants tells the story of a woman who is no longer able to have sex with her husband because of chronic pain from one of the devices.

The story says more than 6,000 federal lawsuits have been filed against some of the biggest manufacturers of pelvic mesh products. They’ve been consolidated in a federal court in West Virginia, with some trials to begin this year.

And in New Jersey, the first of about 1,600 cases against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit over the company’s mesh implant has gone to trial.

Common problems include infection, perforated pelvic organs and chronic pain.

The story includes an interview with a Georgia woman whose pelvic muscles were weakened after she gave birth to two children. She had one of the mesh devices implanted in 2008, but began to suffer bleeding and severe pain immediately after her surgery.

The woman said the incision next to her vagina never fully healed and she could feel the mesh if she touched that spot.

She finally had the mesh removed when the bleeding wouldn’t stop after two years. But she still has pain so bad that she can’t have sex, or even take a long car ride without discomfort.

If you have a vaginal mesh implant, you should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns. If you have significant injuries, you should also consult with a mesh lawyer to discuss your legal rights.