Thousands of lawsuits against six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been filed and more are expected as a two-year statute of limitations in many states approaches.
Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. The mesh is inserted through the vagina and works like a hammock to hold up organs that have dropped.
In July 13, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that 10 percent of women who had received transvaginal mesh experienced a complication in which the mesh eroded into the body. Symptoms with erosion include pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation, recurrent prolapse, incontinence, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring or shrinkage, and emotional problems. Some deaths have also been associated with the mesh.
Medical device companies named in the lawsuit include Boston Scientific, Coloplast, C.R. Bard Inc., Ethicon Inc. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), and Cook Medical Inc. The lawsuits filed in federal courts have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia.
Women who have received transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, and experienced problems – even months or years after the device was implanted – should consult with an attorney as the opportunity to sue these companies could be running out.
Source: Business Journal