A Texarkana, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Boston Scientific Corp. for injuries allegedly caused by transvaginal mesh that she had surgically implanted to correct stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
The plaintiff filed the lawsuit May 14 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division, naming Boston Scientific, doing business as Mansfield Scientific Inc. and Microvasive Inc., as defendants. Boston Scientific and its subsidiary companies manufacture a range of transvaginal mesh and supportive devices designed to repair problems with the pelvic floor muscles.
On May 14, 2010, the plaintiff was implanted with Boston Scientific’s Uphold Vaginal Support System, described by the manufacturer as a device “that utilizes a small incision and mesh only where it’s needed, and is designed to reduce the risk of erosion.”
After the surgery, however, the plaintiff started to experience complications that she blames on the vaginal mesh, including vaginal pressure and pain, bleeding, and dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse).
Many recipients of vaginal mesh products say the devices have shifted or are falling apart within them, causing severe and often debilitating injuries. Unfortunately these injuries can’t always be easily corrected. Removing transvaginal mesh that has gone bad often requires several surgeries due to the way the devices are designed to integrate with surrounding tissue. For some women, removing the mesh may be impossible, leaving them to face a future full of pain management.
More and more surgeons are using vaginal mesh products as an alternative to more conventional surgeries in repairing muscle and tissue in cases of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. Surgeons use the mesh to shore up the pelvic organs, which weakened pelvic muscles have allowed to drop out of place. In the case of stress urinary incontinence, the mesh forms a sling around the bladder to keep it in place.
Vaginal mesh products have been known to perforate the bladder and other organs, causing bleeding and internal infections.
The Texarkana plaintiff accuses Boston Scientific of negligence, breach of warranty, and failure to warn about the device’s risk. She seeks an unspecified amount compensatory, punitive, exemplary, incidental, and consequential damages in addition to attorney’s fees and court costs.