300 Women in Canada File Class Action Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit


300 women in Canada are gearing up to file a class-action vaginal mesh lawsuit claiming injuries from pelvic mesh devices, a western Canadian newspaper reported earlier this month.

On Feb. 8, the Winnipeg Free Press said the case would be brought to a Winnipeg court the following week, with documents also being filed in Canadian provinces Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

While these women are collectively filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, each one has a different story to tell.

Plaintiff in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Speaks Out

The first week in February, the Winnipeg Free Press profiled the anguish experienced by one plaintiff in this vaginal mesh lawsuit. The 49-year-old mother of four claims to have suffered pain since her vaginal mesh surgery last year, which has allegedly forced her to take a leave of absence from work. She described her life post-vaginal mesh as “Hell on Earth.”

Meanwhile, in the U.S., more than 8,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in federal court. Claims filed over devices manufactured by American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc. and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon have been coordinated in separate multidistrict litigations (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Proceedings are currently being overseen by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

Transvaginal mesh belongs to a class of devices implanted into a woman’s vaginal wall to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Women who have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits have allegedly experienced one or more of the following complications:

  • mesh erosion
  • infection
  • urinary problems
  • pain
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
  • bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits in the News

Bellwether trials for some multidistrict litigations (MDL) involving vaginal mesh have already been scheduled. These trials will be among the first heard by juries and could indicate how future juries will respond to similar actions. The first bellwether trial for the MDL involving lawsuits filed over products manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. is slated to begin in February 2013. According to court documents obtained in a December 2012 status conference, the first trial for lawsuits brought against American Medical Systems will begin December, 3, 2013.

Considering a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit? Call Us.

If you were injured as a result of being implanted with vaginal mesh, please submit the case evaluation form on this page or call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at 1-888-217-3033. You may be eligible to seek compensation for any injuries you have been caused.


  1. Cindy G
    Cindy G05-17-2013

    My mother received this operation approx. 4.5 years ago. She has had continuous pain since. At times this is causing her to limit her movement, and definitely alters how much she can do due to the pain she experiences.
    We would appreciate hearing more information on what would be required on her part to become part of this lawsuit.
    Our understanding is that she can not have any surgery to assist in repairing this situation.
    Any information you can forward to us would be helpful.
    Thank you,

    • Constance J.
      Constance J.05-30-2014

      Hi Cindy,

      I have had continual problems with the bladder sling since the operation in 2009, and I have seen a few specialists about this problem only to find out that it is too risky to remove or do anything about. My last day surgery consisted of a Urologist slitting the mesh to let my bladder drop again as he felt the mesh had been put in too tight and it was just a breeding ground for bacteria. I can’t tell you how many infections I’ve dealt with and how this has changed my life.

      I live in Kelowna, BC and I’m sure there are many woman across Canada that have experienced problems. I just recently heard about a law suit. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. I have an email in to this site but as of yet haven’t had a response. If you hear anything, please let me know.

      Thank you.


      • Brenda

        Hi iam sorry you to having complications.I live in alberta.i had sergery in 2014.i been off work because of this sergery if tvt.i been told that it best to have it removed.i here some people been told not to have it removed.so iam really confused on why with some not with others..i have been told at the beging that i had fibromyaligia.and then with infection and discharge and a bowel prolap..arecthese things because of this tvt inside me…i belive so..i also have sharp sharp pain in my vergina.and leg pelive hip lower back pain.i had all this after my tvt sergery andbefore my bowel prolap.which they goingbfix when they try remove my tvt…the dr tells me there no garentee that they can take it out and pain can possible get worse and damage to bladder and blood loss…i dont know what to do…i do anything for a.miracle to not have pain in my vergina….butvto have more pain..i dont think i can handel more pain not get better..i see a dr in alberta for removeal..like to have a second opion…

      • Patricia D.
        Patricia D.10-08-2016

        Hello Brenda. I live in Red Deer. I never thought I would be going through all this hell when I had the op in 2008.Had to have cancer op a few months later. I can’t find a support group here or anywhere in Canada, Do you know of any Canadian sites? Thankyou for your time. I feel so alone and afraid.

      • Maria F.
        Maria F.11-24-2016

        Constance I know that is reply is 2 years to late, but did you find a result to the problem. I had the procedure done in Calgary 2006, and I believe this is my problem, did you need a referral to see the specialist and is it possible to have the name. I now live in a remote community in the Kootenays.

      • Tanya H.
        Tanya H.01-16-2017

        Hello I live in kelowna and been experiencing issues that docs are ignoring. I had bladder mesh put in me 2009 when I came out of surgery it was like someone had broke my hips and the incisions on my inner thighs still get burning. I was taken back in 7mths later because something was wrong.. When I cough I get sharp pain in my side to my leg. I can’t empty my whole bladder at once so I go often… I’ve this past yr started experiencing occasional bleeding like periods which is impossible cause I had a hysterectomy 20yrs ago. Now I continue to get dibilitating pain from lower back abdomen and Legs been in emerg the last few days found nothing when I mention maybe its the mesh they ignore me. I finally demanded to see a specialist so now waiting for referral for urologist.. Did you experience any of these symptoms?

  2. Enza B
    Enza B07-05-2014

    My mother also received this operation. She has discharge everyday since.
    She has difficulty going #1and#2 ever since. She also is in pain every day.
    It has caused her physical and emotional stress.
    They have gone in to try to burn the mesh 2 times but nothing has changed.
    She suffered an immense amount of pain during these procedures.
    I also would appreciate any information.

    Thank You

  3. Holli H.
    Holli H.12-18-2014

    Hi…I have joined the Class Action suit and am curious for any information that you could assist me with……

    In addition to the problems listed above, I have had all those and more…..diagnosed with myocarditis, hospitalized in Sep/Oct….just got out of surgery yesterday for emergency surgery due to a perforated bowel…..yep, hell on earth since 2009

  4. Audrey W.
    Audrey W.01-10-2015

    I had a “sling” in about 2009. didn’t work , so it was tried again . Same result. Since then my incontinence has worsened. I have no bladder control at all. I can live with the pain (discomfort) but not the constant leaking.

  5. Theresa J.
    Theresa J.03-17-2016

    I have had two procedures done. One is an abdominal mesh for a hernia repair which has been painful since it was put in year 2010 and the other is a bowel sling and since I had this put in I’ve had urinary infections , pain in my back , bladder leakage. The bowel sling was put in almost two years ago June.

  6. Carol R.
    Carol R.10-28-2016

    Complications pelvic mesh. Recurrent surgeris recurrent bladder holes recurrent urine incontinence Recurrent pain inflammation More surgery calcified mesh eroded mesh More surgery problems other organs affected More surgery mesh calcified eroded bladder made smaller so more surgery. Bowel holes so more surgery.. 2bowel holes in iloum bowel stuck to mesh so 12 cm cut small inteStine Co rectal bowel surgeon reattach bowel. mesh erosion calcification vaginal rectal repair also

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