- November 1, 2017
- by Will Davidson LLP
The product liability lawyers at Will Davidson LLP are currently retaining clients who have suffered injuries from the use of transvaginal or hernia meshes, common surgical tools used in tens of thousands of operations across Canada each year.
Surgical mesh is a synthetic material commonly made from plastic-type substances like polypropylene. It is used in about 90 per cent of the 25,000 stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgeries and 100,000 hernia repairs performed annually. It is also a popular treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
Last month, CTV’s W5 program reported on the widespread health problems associated with the use of transvaginal mesh. The report highlighted the story of Chrissy Brajcic, a “healthy, happily married mom of two boys, with a thriving interior design business” who is now “house bound and bed-ridden, battling constant infections and chronic pain after getting a plastic mesh implant” to treat SUI.
Brajcic says she knew something was wrong within an hour of surgery, and eventually felt as though her “insides were ripping out.” Finding a doctor capable of removing the mesh took a year, and residual health problems send her to hospital on a monthly basis. Brajcic has launched a $5-million lawsuit against the mesh’s manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, and Gynecare Worldwide.
Adverse patient outcomes caused by surgical mesh have led to public outcry and thousands of lawsuits around the world. In the United Kingdom, Kath Samson launched “Sling the Mesh,” an awareness campaign warning women of the potential complications of transvaginal mesh treatments.
“There are women in wheelchairs or walking with sticks because of this operation,” Samson told CTV. “Others with life-altering chronic pain, on cocktails of high dose medication. Many can no longer work, marriages have broken down and all for a 20-minute, day case operation that was supposed to improve their quality of life.”
Though the vast majority of surgical mesh procedures transpire without incident, the few that result in complications can cause serious, lasting, and far-reaching damages. The product liability lawyers at Will Davidson LLP are committed to holding manufacturers accountable and helping Ontarians access compensation for their injuries.
If you or a member of your family is suffering as a result of complications from an operation involving transvaginal or hernia mesh, contact Will Davidson LLP’s team of experienced and compassionate product liability lawyers today to learn how we can help.
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