COOK MEDICAL SURGISIS
COOK BIOTECH SURGISIS MESH LAWYERS
We are s investigating claims on behalf of women who have suffered severe complications as a result of the Cook Medical Surgisis Biodesign grafts, slings, and related mesh products. These are medical devices, commonly referred to as pelvic mesh and bladder slings, which are used in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). These medical devices are made of polypropylene mesh. Unlike many other law firms claiming an expertise in this field, who are “collecting” cases, if we decide to take your case we will agressively pursue it on your behalf. In fact, one of our attorneys was appointed as Co-Liaison Counsel by the Court to lead the action against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson.
For more than 10 years Cook Biotech, Inc., has marketed and sold vaginal mesh and pelvic mesh products for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. These p[roducts include: Surgisis Biodesign Anterior Pelvic Floor Grafts, Surgisis Biodesign Posterior Pelvic Floor Grafts, Surgisis Biodesign Vaginal Erosion Repair Graft, Surgisis Biodesign Urethral Sling and Surgisis Biodesign Tension-Free Urethral Sling.
Cook Medical’s products were derived largely from hernia mesh products. Yet, Cook Biotech has asserted that its Surgisis design is a whole new category in the evolution of tissue repair. Cook referred to its products as breakthrough technology, incorporating the best attributes of biologic graft, resistant to infection and complete remodeling, with the added benefits of moderate price, ease of use and widespread availability.
Cook has further asserted about their Biodesign pelvic mesh products that “unlike synthetic mesh, nothing is left permanently in the body to cause problems down the road.” Despite such claims, on August 20, 2011, Cook issued a communication to the FDA in advance of the September 2011 advisory committee hearings regarding the investigation into the risks associated with mesh for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic floor repair and/or pelvic floor prolapse. In its communication, Cook admitted that “remnants” from the surgery can remain and cause inflammation.
Contrary to Cook’s assertions that its products are resistant to infection, result in complete remodeling, are limited in inflammatory response to areas where synthetic sutures are/were utilized during surgery and will not cause any problems down the road, there have been studies that suggest otherwise.
Cook Medical Mesh Investigation
Our investigation indicates that vaginal mesh implants can cause mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, colon, intestines and uterus, mesh shrinkage or contraction, mesh migration, mesh exposure, scar tissue formation, granuloma formation, infections, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and development of urinary retention, dysuria (painful urination), dyspareunia (painful sexual relations), neuropathic pain, fistulas and recurrence of prolapsed organs, often leaving women with worse symptoms and complications than the conditions they were used to treat. These complications have decreased the quality of life many patients once enjoyed. Our Cook Medical Surgisis Biodesign Attorneys have been actively pursuing and investigating cases involving complications related to Cook Biotech’s products.
In our view, Cook did not adequately disclose and warn of the significant risks of these products in their patient literature, patient brochures, and websites. These inadequacies deprived women of the opportunity to make informed choices as to how they wanted their treatable medical conditions to be repaired – and leading them to choose to have pelvic mesh permanently attached to the inside of their pelvis – often with catastrophic results.
Cook Bladder Mesh Complications
The most frequent complications from these transvaginal mesh products include mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, intestines and uterus, mesh shrinkage or migration, scar tissue formation, granuloma formation, infections, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and development of urinary retention, dysuria (painful urination), dyspareunia (pain with sexual relations), neuropathic pain, fistulas and recurrence of prolapsed organs. These complications have led to vaginal scarring and medical conditions that have significantly decreased the quality of life many patients once enjoyed. The failure of the Surgisis Biodesign grafts, bladder slings and related mesh products can also lead to the need for multiple operations to remove the mesh and to repair extensive damage caused by the mesh. In many cases the mesh cannot be completely removed, permanently compromising a woman’s health.
With a lawsuit against Cook Medical, we may be able to compensate you for pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about a potential pelvic mesh lawsuit, you should contact us immediately as the statutes of limitations restrict the time frame in which you may be able to pursue your claims. If you believe that you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to these products, and you are interested in learning more about how we can help, please contact us.
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