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nib finds that half of woman with pelvic mesh require further surgery

Half of Women with Pelvic Mesh Will Require Further Surgery, Study Finds

July 27, 2017
According to a study conducted by the major Australian health insurer nib, nearly half of the women who have undergone pelvic mesh surgery are later readmitted to the hospital for complications relating to the implanted device.

The survey studied the cases of 138 women who had been implanted with pelvic mesh devices – also known as transvaginal mesh devices, or TVMs – between 2011 and March of 2017, and found that 60 of them required additional hospitalization.

The women who were readmitted to the hospital suffered from a variety of ailments related to the implantation of their pelvic mesh devices: mechanical failure, organ damage, and infection, among other conditions.

nib’s statistics differ from those reported by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the agency that regulates medical devices in Australia. That agency found that only 99 women with pelvic mesh devices suffered from complications between 2012 and 2016.

nib conducted the survey to understand where its health insurance expenses were going, and learned that many of their expenditures could have been curtailed if unsafe pelvic mesh devices had been either more clearly labeled or pulled from the market. Representatives of the company also advocated for better communication between device makers, doctors, and patients.

The makers of pelvic mesh devices are embroiled in a number of lawsuits in various countries around the world.

If you’ve had post-operative complications related to the implantation of a pelvic or transvaginal mesh device, contact your doctor immediately. Then, contact the expert attorneys at We are on your side.

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Ethically Challenged Ethicon

No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.

Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”

The attorneys at call that “a load of hogwash.”

The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws.

All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.

Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.

So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.

Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.

And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.

And now you’re paying the price.

Which is exactly why it’s time to even out the balance sheet. The time to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson is now. And the expert lawyers at are the ones you want by your side.

We specialize in cases about the Ethicon Physiomesh. We know how to try them, and we know how to win them.

If you’ve experienced health problems as a result of the surgical implantation of the Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact to learn how we can help you.

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