Alonso Krangle LLP, "Fight for Victims" a national law firm focused on fighting for the rights people injured by defective medical devices, announce the launch of an evaluation of vaginal mesh lawsuits due to alleged vaginal mesh complications.
Melville, NY (PRWEB) February 27, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, "Fight for Victims" a national law firm focused on fighting for the rights people injured by defective medical devices, announce the launch of an evaluation of vaginal mesh lawsuits due to alleged vaginal mesh complications caused by the use of transvaginal mesh devices in the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Their firm is currently offering these free lawsuit evaluations to any woman who suffered serious and life-changing injuries and complications including, mesh erosion and extrusion of mesh, perforation of organs, vaginal bleeding, chronic infection and pain, following the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh for the treatment of POP or SUI.
Transvaginal mesh devices and manufacturers currently being investigated by the defective medical device lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP include:
- American Medical Systems’ Elevate, Perigee and Apogee surgical mesh products
- Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle and Uphold devices
- C.R. Bard Inc.’s Avaulta, Pelvisoft BioMesh, Pelivicol Acellular Collagen Matrix, Pelvitext, and Pelvilace products.
- Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit’s Gynecare, Gynemesh, Gynecare Prolift, Gynecare Prolift+M, Gynecare Prosima and Gynecare TVT transvaginal mesh devices.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Many women around the country have already filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh devices, alleging these products caused serious and life-changing injuries. In an Order [jpml.uscourts.gov/Panel_Orders/MDL-2326-Initial_Transfer.pdf] dated February 7, 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) order that three transvaginal mesh litigations - In re: American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL 2325); In re: Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326); and In re: Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327) – be consolidated in a single proceeding and transferred to U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia. The transvaginal mesh lawsuits and litigation will be presided over by Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin who was already presiding over In Re: Avaulta (MDL 2187), a multidistrict ligation involving a number of lawsuits filed against C. R. Bard’s Avaulta pelvic mesh devices.
There is still time for women who have been injured by transvaginal mesh devices to file their own vaginal mesh lawsuits against the makers of these products. To discuss a potential lawsuit with one of the experienced and compassionate transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com
What are Transvaginal Mesh Devices?
Transvaginal mesh devices, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, pelvic slings or bladder mesh, are implanted to provide support for a woman’s pelvic organs that have dropped, fallen, bulged or protruded into the vaginal wall to support muscles that have weakened or stretched from childbirth, pregnancy and other causes. According to the [fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/UCM262760.pdf] 300,000 women underwent surgical procedures in the U.S. in 2010 to repair POP and approximately 260,000 underwent surgical procedures to repair SUI. Roughly one out of three POP surgeries used mesh, and three out of four of the mesh POP procedures were done transvaginally. For SUI surgeries, over 80 percent were done transvaginally with mesh, according to the FDA.
Transvaginal, Vaginal Mesh Complications
In October 2008, the [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm061976.htm] FDA announced it was launching a safety review of transvaginal mesh devices. At the time, the FDA said the number of adverse events associated with the use of surgical mesh devices to repair POP and SUI reported to the agency during the previous 3-year period (2005 – 2007) was “over 1,000.” In July 2011, the FDA issued a [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm262435.htm] Safety Communication after it had received 2,874 new reports of complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh procedures from January 2008 through December 2010. Of these, 1,503 reports were associated with POP repairs and 1,371 associated with SUI repairs. These complications included:
Mesh erosion through the vagina (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion)
Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
According to the FDA, many of these complications required additional intervention, including medical or surgical treatment and hospitalization. The FDA also said that its review showed that POP repair with transvaginal mesh does not improve symptomatic results or quality of life over traditional non-mesh repair.
In an [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/ucm2025152.htm] update issued in January 2012, the FDA ordered 33 manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices, including Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems, to conduct post-market safety studies on their products. The agency also said it was the considering reclassifying urogynecologic surgical mesh used for transvaginal repair of POP from Class II to Class III. Class III medical devices have the most stringent regulatory controls, according to the agency.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A national law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle LLP or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com
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