Study Reveals 75 Percent of Prolapse Procedures Used Transvaginal Mesh

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If you suffered from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) between 2005 and 2010 and experienced side effects after being treated with transvaginal mesh, you may be eligible to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

According to a study released by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology on Nov. 19, 2012, 74.9 percent of prolapse procedures performed during that five-year period used this material, which is stitched to a woman’s vaginal wall to treat POP and SUI.

That boils down to an overall rate of 56.9 per 100,000 person-years, the study showed. These findings were based on claims data that looked at trends in vaginal mesh prolapse procedures (VMS), abdominal sacrocolpopexy (ASC), and minimally invasive sacrocolpopexy (MISC).

8,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending in federal multidistrict litigations (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Virginia.

Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

After undergoing transvaginal mesh surgery, transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed by women who experienced the following side effects:

  • Mesh erosion
  • pain
  • infection
  • pain during intercourse
  • urinary problems pain during intercourse
  • recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Likely to Rise

Within the Court, Multi-District Litigations have been created for lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh manufacturers American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) and Boston Scientific Corp.

A select group of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against Ethicon and C.R. Bard are being overseen in New Jersey Superior Court.

According to an editorial in Ring of Fire radio, the number of claims filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers is expected to grow in the coming months. The publication estimates the number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits will reach 10,000 by early 2013.

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