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Life Care Solutions Group: The #Vaginal Mesh Debacle Is More Complicated Then The Hip Settlement
Date:11/20/2013

CONCORD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The recently announced Johnson & Johnson Settlement for its defective metal-on-metal hip prosthetic implant will pay roughly $250,000 to each patient sustaining injuries related to this defective device. How this case compares to the 100,000 or so transvaginal mesh (#TVM) suits being filed against the various TVM manufacturers is open to debate. As a rehabilitation physician, life care planner, and attorney I will compare the two.

For a vast majority of patients sustaining injuries from the defective J & J hip replacement device, the medical remedy is a hip revision whereby the defective hip implant is removed and a new one is implanted. The pain caused by the defective hip prosthetic usually improves or resolves following this revision. Aside from the catastrophic complications that may occur from infection or fractures of the femoral shaft during revision surgery, the outcomes are generally good and fairly uniform. In addition, outcomes from hip revision surgery have been well studied in broad populations not involved in litigation. This means functional outcomes, life care costs, and future reasonable and appropriate medical care can be accurately testified to by experts in the field without the bias of litigation.

In the #transvaginal mesh debacle the injuries sustained, the functional outcomes, the medical treatment required, and the future reasonable and appropriate medical care that is necessary, is much more ill defined and variable compared to the defective hip situation.

The injuries caused by the transvaginal mesh debacle are more diverse than of the defective hip implant. Injuries from the mesh cause a variety of problems including erosions, recurrent infections, recurrent incontinence, recurrent prolapse, painful sexual intercourse related to pelvic

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