According to court documents, Engleman alleged she had underwent surgery to implant Ethicon’s TVT-Secur mesh to help with her stress urinary incontinence. However, just two months later, her doctor discovered erosions in the material. She claimed that the eroding mesh began causing her pain and she was eventually forced to undergo three additional surgeries, under anesthesia, to remove the material. However, portions of the mesh remain in her body and she has developed chronic pain and urinary dysfunction, according to court papers.
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As of mid-December, 2014, court records indicated more than 67,500 claims had been filed against several transvaginal mesh manufacturers, including Ethicon. Gynecare pelvic mesh lawsuits allege that the mesh causes soft tissue injury, tissue erosion, bleeding, pain and infection. Plaintiffs also reported that pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence conditions worsened after being implanted with the mesh. Many women have undergone surgery to have the mesh removed. Further, Ethicon lawsuits allege that the manufacturer knew its mesh products were unreasonably dangerous but continued to manufacture and sell them.