As a personal injury law firm that is representing many women who have been severely injured as a result of defectively designed and manufactured transvaginal mesh implants, we completely understand what Linda Gross had to endure. Gross, 47, testified in her case against Ethicon in New Jersey, the first out of thousands of vaginal mesh cases against different manufacturers that has gone to trial.

According to news report, Gross told a jury that as a result of a Prolift Gynecare vaginal mesh implant she received in 2006, she cannot work, enjoy sex with her husband or even sit down for more than 20 minutes at a time. There are days, she says, when she cannot even get out of bed. Like many of the victims we encounter, Gross has undergone several surgeries to remove the vaginal mesh to relieve her chronic pain.

Serious Side Effects

What I find interesting about her testimony is the reason she decided to get the implant. Gross said she was impressed by Prolift because of the marketing brochure put out by the company, Ethicon. The brochure claimed that the surgery was minimally invasive, specially designed and “clinically proven.” It also advertised the procedure as low-risk stating that complications are “rare.”

Well, now we know that’s not true. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about these products stating that they are known to have cause serious, painful complications in thousands of women. The product is support to alleviate symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. But, on the contrary, it causes severe complications including mesh erosion, nerve damage, infections, pain, vaginal scarring and urinary problems.

Holding Negligent Manufacturers Liable

It is appalling that the manufacturers of these products not only failed to warn consumers about the serious complications that could arise from using these products, but marketed the mesh devices with the promise of relief and minimal symptoms. I certainly hope that these women are able to get justice and fair compensation for their losses. I also hope that these manufacturers are held accountable for their negligence and callous disregard for the health and safety of those who buy their products.