The transvaginal mesh is one made of polypropylene and used to treat urinary incontinence and prolapse of the pelvic organs in women, which are common conditions after a hysterectomy, childbirth, or menopause. The mesh has evolved from similar meshes that were used to repair hernias in the 1950s. These meshes were cut and shaped to fit individual patients’ bodies and were surgically implanted.
There are two ways in which doctors could implant the mesh: abdominally or transvaginally. The second method is quicker and less invasive. The first vaginal mesh for the surgical treatment of urinary incontinence was approved by the FDA in the year 1996.
As the use of the transvaginal mesh became more common, kits which came with specific implantation techniques were introduced by manufacturers. However, some of the meshes’ designs and implantation techniques caused serious complications in those patients on who the implantations were done. Infections and perforations of the pelvic organs as well as tissues revealed that many of the products used were neither safe nor reliable.
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits were filed by those women (in district and state courts) who developed complications after the mesh was inserted transvaginally.
Complications and Side Effects
The erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall or other organs caused hindrance to normal daily activities such as walking, sitting or having sexual intercourse. The implant caused extreme pain and bleeding due to perforation of the pelvic organs. Many women that were implanted with the vaginal mesh had to undergo revision surgeries in order to address the complications they developed later on. The affected women were subjected to both physical and mental trauma and the ensuing problems affected not only their work, but also their relationships.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Many women adversely affected by this condition realized that the only manner in which they can pay for the healthcare costs, loss of wages, loss of consortium arising from personal injuries, and the doctors’ bills was to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against the manufacturers of the mesh and win a legal settlement. The accusations against the manufacturing companies included intentional misrepresentation of facts and misleading the FDA, the doctors and the patients at large, failure to determine the complete safety of the mesh and associated risks due to inadequate testing and failure for establishment of safe methods for removal of the mesh.
In the year 2012, FDA ordered manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products to study the risks associated on the basis of the findings of an advisory panel. This is because there was a significant increase in the number of complaints received from women who had an implant that did not work as it should. However, it is important to note that FDA’s order did not affect the implants that were placed through abdominal surgery.
In this context, tens of thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of vaginal meshes by the affected women in both district and state courts. The mesh manufacturers with a large number of cases against them include Ethicon, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, among others.
Manufacturers have already paid millions of dollars as settlement of
transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed by injured women and their husbands.
When Is a Patient Eligible to File a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
Any woman that has suffered complications following a surgical implantation of a vaginal mesh may be entitled for compensation. It is, therefore, a good idea to talk to our qualified and experienced transvaginal mesh lawyer to find out if you are eligible to file a legal claim. Our experienced attorney’s will have the best knowledge to review the case and evaluate if a defective product has been responsible for the complications involved.
Affected women can also participate in a class action vaginal mesh lawsuit. However, there is a specialized legal procedure to filing a class action vaginal mesh lawsuit. It is important to bear in mind that if they decide to file a class action lawsuit, they waive their right to file individual lawsuits. Talking to our experienced attorney in this regard may be helpful.
Our transvaginal mesh lawyer allow a no-cost analysis and an initial review of the case to see if the individual case is eligible for compensation. A majority of the attorneys handle the cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning…