Transvaginal Mesh: Risks, Complications & Lawsuits
Transvaginal mesh is a medical product used to treat some conditions that can affect women.
Modern mesh devices are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic, that is woven into mesh and coated in material to reduce the risk of infection.
Although transvaginal mesh has vastly improved the quality of life of many women in the United States, the implant procedures and design aspects of the device have lead to serious complications in some patients.
Many lawsuits have been filed against the makers of transvaginal mesh seeking compensation for injuries caused by the device. Our legal team is currently investigating and gathering information about these cases.
What is Transvaginal Mesh Used For?
Transvaginal mesh, or sometimes just referred to as vaginal mesh, is mainly used to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). These conditions most often occur in woman after childbirth, menopause, or a hysterectomy.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Urinary incontinence is the inability to hold urine in the body. Stress Urinary Incontinence is the inability to hold urine when physical stress is exhausted, such as lifting something heavy, or sneezing. Childbirth is one of the main cause of SUI, which explains why the condition is much more common in women. Although, men who undergo prostate surgery are also at risk for this condition, as removing the prostate can weaken the urethral sphincter. Synthetic vaginal mesh can be installed surgically to support the urethra.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is the lowering of pelvic organs in the body. This condition occurs when the muscles supporting these organs weaken, causing the organs to drop lower and push against the walls of the vagina. There are several organs that make up the pelvic organs, although the bladder is the most common of these organs to experience prolapse. Organs that can prolapse include:
Like SUI, POP is often a result of childbirth. Straining during delivery of a child can weaken and stretch muscles supporting these organs. Additional pressure on the belly area can cause POP to become worse. Factors such as being overweight, chronic cough, constipation, and tumors in the pelvic region can worsen this complication.
Pelvic organ prolapse can be painful, but if often not a serious medical concern. Doctors install transvaginal mesh in patients with POP to support the organs in the area and prevent them from prolapsing again.
Types of Vaginal Mesh & Installation Procedures
The FDA has classified surgical mesh into four different categories. See the chart below:
|Synthetic, Non-Absorable||Polypropylene||Permanent implant that remains in the body until it is removed.|
|Synthetic, Absorbale||Polypropylene||Not permanent. Will lose shape and strength over time, as the body grows new tissue over the mesh.|
|Biologic||Bovine (cow), Porcine (pig)||Mesh implant made from disinfected animal tissue. As mesh degrades, body will regrow tissue over repair area.|
|Composite||Combination||Mesh implant made from conbining biologic and synthetic materials.|
Transvaginal Mesh Complications & Problems
Although transvaginal mesh implants have helped improve the quality of life in many women, there have been serious complications and adverse side effects associated with these devices. These complications have been so dangerous to some patients, that legal action has been taken against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants.
Lawsuits have been filed and settled, and more lawsuits are expected to be filed in the coming months. Below you can learn about serious side effects of transvaginal mesh implants,
Transvaginal Mesh Erosion
Erosion occurs when the mesh gradually wears away the vaginal wall. When this occurs, women often experience pain during intercourse. Sometimes, this can prevent the patient from having intercourse at all because the pain is so severe. General pain can also occur on a regular basis. In some cases, uncontrolled internal bleeding can result from damage done by the device.
The complications caused by vaginal mesh erosion can lead to revision surgery procedures. Additionally, when transvaginal mesh migrates and erodes, it often may cause the original issue (SUI or POP) to return.
Transvaginal Mesh Organ Perforation
Organ perforation is often an extreme result caused by mesh that has moved from its intended location and punctured an organ in the pelvic region. Not only is this a medical emergency, but damage to structures inside the pelvic area can also lead to infection is not treated quickly. Patients who suffer from damaged organs due to vaginal mesh will often require surgery.
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Transvaginal Mesh: Lawsuits & Settlements
Tens of thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have already been filed since the FDA first warned about possible complications in 2008. Over 40 thousand lawsuits alone have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. These lawsuits were consolidated in six separate multi-district litigations, which are all being presided over by Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
Multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers have been named in these lawsuits, they include:
|Boston Scientific||Cook Medical|
|Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)||American Medical Systems|
Transvaginal Mesh Case Results
Although many transvaginal mesh lawsuits are still being litigated, others have reach settlements. Below are the most recent and notable vaginal mesh lawsuit settlements.
|Individual||Bakersfield, CA||C.R. Bard||$5.5M (2012)|
|Individual||Atlantic City, NJ||Ethicon||$3.35M (2013)|
|Individual||Charleston, WV||C.R. Bard||$2M (2013)|
|Multi-District||Charleston, WV||Endo||$54.5M (2013)|
|Multi-District||Charleston, WV||Endo||$830M (2014)|
|Multi-District||Charleston, WV||Coloplast||$16M (2014)|
File A Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and recover compensation. Our legal team has been handling lawsuits against large pharmaceutical companies for decades and understands what it takes to achieve large settlements for families who have been wronged.
We do not charge anything to help you get started on your case. Simply contact us and tell us about your situation. If we are able to accept your case, we will begin work immediately gathering your medical records and other pertinent information. You do not pay a dime unless we are able to recover a settlement for you!
Start Your Transvaginal Mesh Claim
Our transvaginal mesh lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-4722 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims.
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