Dory Ames from Maine is one of the latest women to file a lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal mesh claiming the device caused serious injuries. Manufacturers of these bladder slings face tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging the companies marketed the devices knowing they were defective and could cause harm to women.
Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped or protruded due to childbirth, age, weight gain, or other complications. These pelvic organ disorders can cause women incontinence and general discomfort.
However, for thousands of women, the treatment has caused more problems than the condition itself. Complications associated with transvaginal mesh include erosion into tissue, which can require multiple surgeries to remove. The mesh can also puncture other organs causing chronic pain, disability, bleeding, infections, incontinence, and pain during intercourse.
Reports of complications became so frequent that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two separate safety communications in the past five years warning women that complications with transvaginal mesh devices were not uncommon, and women considering the treatment should talk with their doctors about the risks associated with transvaginal mesh.
Ames says she is suing the manufacturer of her device for compensation for the years of pain and suffering she has endured due to the defective device.