Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Mount, as Women Suffer Life-Changing Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Vaginal mesh lawsuits continue to mount, filed by thousands of women who are allegedly suffering often debilitating and permanent injuries. In one case, a woman from Atlanta, Georgia said she considered filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit following a procedure she underwent to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The surgery, which she underwent in 2006, caused her pain and infection and affected her daily activities.
She ultimately filed a lawsuit in 2011, said ABCNews.com, when she discovered that she was not alone and that thousands of women also suffer from serious vaginal mesh complications. Despite her revision surgery, she continues to suffer from bladder leakage and physical weakness.
Vaginal mesh is approved to surgically treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is implanted transvaginally—beneath the vaginal skin—and is meant to strengthen weakened vaginal walls in the case of POP, or to support the urethra or bladder in SUI surgeries.
Injuries Prompt Thousands of Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Vaginal mesh patients also discuss constant aches and serious pain, among other injuries. A woman from Georgia described injuries that have adversely impacted her marital life, calling that current life as “platonic” and “celibate.” Typical vaginal mesh complication and injury reports discuss bleeding, chronic pain, infection, mesh erosion through the vaginal epithelium (exposure, extrusion, protusion), organ perforation, pain, painful intercourse, POP and SUI recurrence, urinary problems, and vaginal scarring. Because the mesh can move and embed in the body’s tissues, multiple surgeries are often needed. In many cases, erosion is so extensive that the mesh cannot be fully removed and revision surgery cannot fully correct these issues.
In 2008, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said that, at that time, it had received more than 1,000 serious vaginal mesh complication reports in a three-year period, alone. Since, thousands of woman have filed lawsuits that allege serious vaginal mesh injuries and, to date, at least 8,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits have been brought against medical device manufacturers such as American Medical Systems; Boston Scientific; C.R. Bard Inc.; and Ethicon, a unit of Johnson & Johnson. Many of these claims are pending in federal multidistrict litigations (MDLs) underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
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If you suffered the above complications stemming from vaginal mesh, you may be eligible to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit. For more information or for a free and confidential case evaluation, please contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling 1-888-217-3033.