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New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand Becomes First Major Country to Ban Vaginal Mesh Implants

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban surgical mesh implants for all pelvic operations in response to safety concerns and reported mesh hazards. The order from the country’s Ministry of Health is intended to force mesh suppliers to stop marketing the mesh products or prove that they are safe to use.

“We’re always cautious about the use of the word ‘ban’, but effectively the companies are agreeing no longer to sell these products … in New Zealand from the 4th of January,” stated NZ Ministry of Health spokesman Stewart Jessamine.

Transvaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh or bladder sling, is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”) and stress urinary incontinence (“SUI”). However, thousands of injuries have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in connection with the mesh devices. Lieff Cabraser represents over 300 women in personal injury lawsuits nationwide over serious complications and injuries arising from transvaginal mesh. As of late 2017, we are in all phases of litigation and settlement on these cases.

As of 2015, more than 70,000 patients had filed lawsuits as a result of injuries alleged to derive from implanted transvaginal mesh. The mesh products are made by several companies, including: American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and Johnson & Johnson.

According to The Guardian, “It is now widely accepted that vaginal mesh should not be routinely offered for prolapse, where the pelvic organs bulge into the vagina. But many doctors maintain that mesh surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence can have advantages over traditional surgery and believe that these procedures should continue to be offered.”

Other countries, such as Australia and the UK, have also recently announced restrictions on the use of pelvic mesh in operations for organ prolapse.

Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorneys at Lieff Cabraser

If you have suffered serious injuries or complications from a surgery involving transvaginal mesh, you are not alone. If you had a transvaginal mesh implant in the United States and are suffering from painful, serious side effects after one or more revision surgeries, Lieff Cabraser can assist you in evaluating your legal options. We have female attorneys and nurses in our San Francisco, New York, and Nashville offices assigned to represent women across America injured by transvaginal mesh.

Learn more about Vaginal Mesh/Bladder Sling complications and lawsuits and the legal rights of injured patients.