Transvaginal Mesh, Tape, and Sling Claims
Many women who have given birth or are over the age of 50 experience some form of pelvic organ prolapse (a condition where one or more organs bulge into the vagina and can even protrude past the vaginal opening) or stress urinary incontinence (an involuntary leakage of urine during activities such as exercising, sneezing, coughing, etc.). As a result, many choose to undergo corrective surgery, which can involve a transvaginal mesh product. Some of these devices have been found to be defective and can cause serious health issues, leaving patients worse off medically than if they had not undergone the surgeries.
Which Transvaginal Meshes Are Considered to be Defective?
Sometimes referred to as surgical mesh or a vaginal sling, transvaginal mesh is permanently implanted transvaginally to reinforce and repair weakened areas. These devices have been shown to erode and even perforate and rupture nearby organs. Many transvaginal meshes can fail, but one of the most common is the Avaulta Anterior and Posterior Biosynthetic Support System made by C. R. Bard Inc. , with about 9,000 Bard transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in consolidated federal multidistrict litigation.
In the 1990s, Boston Scientific introduced the first vaginally implanted mesh to treat prolapse, ProteGen. A few years later, the company voluntarily recalled about 20,000 of these devices on the basis that they caused discomfort, painful sex, and an erosion of vaginal and surrounding tissue.
In 2012, the FDA ordered 33 makers of transvaginal mesh products to conduct testing on patient outcomes and report all complications stemming from the use of their products.
In July 2014, the FDA refused to ban U.S. sales of transvaginal mesh products, despite a petition filed by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group asking the FDA to recall and discontinue selling all transvaginal mesh products.
What Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects Can Patients Experience?
In addition to needing revision surgery due to defective transvaginal mesh, women can also experience:
- Prolonged pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Pelvic bleeding
- Bladder perforation
- Bowel perforation
- Higher rates of stress urinary incontinence
- Vaginal scarring
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
As of June 2014, tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Coloplast, and Cook Medical. Firm founder Derek Potts serves as Co-Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiff’s Executive Committee, Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, and/or Liaison Counsel in every single federal transvaginal mesh product MDL. There is no firm better equipped to handle your mesh side effects claims than Potts Law Firm.
If you or a woman you know are concerned about defective transvaginal mesh, call us toll free at 1-866-311-2230 for a free consultation to discuss your case.