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Mesh Complications


Mesh ComplicationsMore than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed by women who suffered devastating vaginal mesh complications, and the litigation continues to grow as more women come forward to seek compensation for their injuries. The most common serious complications include infection, erosion, perforation of internal organs, extrusion of the mesh into the vagina, chronic pain, disfigurement, and the need for multiple corrective surgeries. Unfortunately, even with aggressive treatment, many women suffer from permanent vaginal mesh complications.

Do I have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit? If you or your loved one was injured by vaginal mesh complications, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.

UPDATE: $11.1 Million Award in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

  • March 2013 — Linda Gross of South Dakota was awarded $11.1 million for her vaginal mesh lawsuit. She required 18 corrective surgeries in two years to treat severe vaginal mesh complications, and she still suffers from permanent injuries.
  • July 2012 — Christine Scott was awarded $5.5 million for her vaginal mesh lawsuit by a jury in Bakersfield, California. Mrs. Scott, an avid runner, was implanted with the C.R. Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence. It eroded into her colon and caused a bowel perforation, extreme pain, incontinence, and other debilitating complications.

What is the problem with vaginal mesh?

Millions of women in the United States suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). These are common complications of pregnancy and aging, and they occur when weakened muscles in the center of the pelvis allow abdominal organs to sag downward. They can be extremely debilitating and embarrassing. Before the 1990s, SUI and POP were often treated non-surgically with a device called a pessary, or with minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery that used ligaments and tissues in a woman’s body to tighten pelvic muscles.

Using vaginal mesh to treat SUI and POP did not become common until the mid-1990s, when Boston Scientific’s ProteGen and the Ethicon / Gynecare TVT System were approved. Dozens of vaginal meshes that are currently on the market (and many that have been withdrawn) can trace their design back to the ProteGen. Unfortunately, the ProteGen was recalled in 1999 amid serious safety concerns, FDA investigations, and more than 500 lawsuits from women who suffered debilitating vaginal mesh complications. Even so, the FDA continued approving new devices that were “substantially equivalent” to the recalled ProteGen vaginal mesh — without requiring new safety studies. Not surprisingly, thousands of women were injured by these devices.

FDA Warning for Vaginal Mesh Complications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the risk of serious vaginal mesh complications in 2008 and 2011 after receiving thousands of adverse event reports from women who were injured. In the 2011 Safety Communication, the FDA warned:

“Serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare. … Furthermore, it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to greater risk.”

What are Vaginal Mesh Complications?

The most common and consistently-reported serious vaginal mesh complication is erosion, which occurs when the edges of the mesh wear through nearby tissues. In severe cases, erosion can cause life-threatening bowel perforations. It can also protrude into the vagina and cause severe pain, infections, and other debilitating complications.

Vaginal mesh complications can include:

  • Infection
  • Chronic pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Erosion into organs and/or tissue
  • Perforation of organs (usually bladder and intestines) or blood vessels
  • Bleeding
  • Extrusion of the mesh into the vagina
  • Shrinkage or contraction of the mesh
  • Vaginal disfigurement, narrowing, shortening
  • Scarring
  • Recurrent prolapse or incontinence
  • Need for multiple excision surgeries, which may not repair complications
  • Psychological damage
  • And more

Do I Have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.

Free Vaginal MeshLawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by vaginal mesh complications, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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