CHARLESTON, W.VA. — A lesser known maker of transvaginal/pelvic mesh is facing lawsuits for its defective product.
Cook Medical is a smaller company — and not as well-known as industry giants Johnson & Johnson or Boston Scientific — but is in the same business of making mesh in order to treat pelvic disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. This much maligned product is facing significant litigation backlash as women across the country are suffering health complications from the device.
In the federal district court in West Virginia, over 80,000 transvaginal mesh cases have been consolidated into a streamlined docket under Judge Goodwin. Cook Medical has over 400 of these cases in that court alone. Its first bellwether trials are expected to begin in January of next year.
Unlike its competitors, however, Cook Medical’s product is made from natural materials such as pig intestines.
At first the company believed that it would be a step ahead of the other brands facing the complications from their device. It turns out not to be the case as female patients have come forward claiming Cook Medical’s mesh leads to infections, painful intercourse, and pelvic pain. In addition, the women claim it did not resolve their underlying issues of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
The lawsuits are products liability lawsuits and allege that Cook Medical knew the mesh was defective.
Transvaginal mesh is a once popular device used to treat a variety of pelvic disorders and hernias in women.
It is a type of netting that is implanted into the body with the purpose of being adopted or integrated into the tissue. It shores up the weakened muscles in the pelvis so as to prevent prolapse and incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse is when the muscles of the region become weak (usually due to childbirth) and unable to hold the organs in place.
As a result, the bladder, rectum, and uterus are at a high risk of falling through into the vagina. Stress urinary incontinence is also due to weakened muscles, but in this case, the muscles are unable to control the bladder during times of physical activity (ex: sneezing or exercise).
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