Transvaginal mesh (also known as “vaginal mesh” or a “bladder sling”) is a device that is implanted through incisions in a woman’s vagina to help support weakened pelvic muscles, as a treatment for incontinence and organ prolapse. Unfortunately, many women who were implanted with transvaginal mesh allege that they were never warned about the risk of devastating transvaginal mesh complications. More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed by women who suffered complications, and the manufacturers are expected to pay billions to resolve the litigation.
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Lawsuit for Transvaginal Mesh Complications Awarded $11.1 Million
March 20, 2013 — Plaintiff Linda Gross has been awarded $11.1 million for her transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, including $3.35 million in compensation for her pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and loss of consortium with her husband. An additional $7.76 million was awarded for punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson, after a jury found that the company failed to warn about the risks of the Gynecare Prolift and misrepresented its safety to doctors. Mrs. Gross required 18 corrective surgeries between 2006 and 2008 after suffering devastating transvaginal mesh complications.
FDA Warnings for Transvaginal Mesh Complications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication regarding transvaginal mesh complications in 2011, warning:
“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.”
Transvaginal Mesh Based on Recalled Product
Modern transvaginal mesh designs are based on a product that was recalled in the 1990s due to safety concerns. It may be hard to believe, but the FDA continued approving new transvaginal mesh products without requiring new safety studies based on their similarity to Boston Scientific’s ProteGen, which was recalled in 1999. Not surprisingly, thousands of women who were implanted with “new” devices suffered the same fate as women who had the recalled products. Many of these women have filed lawsuits alleging that the manufacturers should have known about the risk, but instead they placed profit over public safety and common sense.
What are the Complications of Transvaginal Mesh?
According to the FDA, transvaginal mesh complications can include:
- Erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall (also called exposure, extrusion, or protrusion)
- Blood vessel perforations
- Intestinal, bowel, or bladder perforation
- Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
- Internal bleeding (hemorrhage)
- Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse)
- Vaginal shortening, tightening
- Chronic pain
- Vaginal scarring
- Mech contraction (shrinkage)
- Narrowing of the vaginal wall
- Neuro-muscular problems
- Additional surgery that may or may not correct the complication
- Decreased quality of life
- Emotional problems
Vaginal Mesh Dyspareunia (Painful Sexual Intercourse) Lawsuits
One of the most debilitating transvaginal mesh complications is dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse. Women with this complication may be unable to engage in sexual intercourse due to pain, scarring, and disfigurement of the vagina. Men may also experience irritation and pain to the penis during sexual intercourse when the mesh is exposed due to erosion. This can severely decrease quality of life for a woman and her husband.
Many couples have received substantial awards for loss of consortium and other injuries. In July 2012, Christine Scott was awarded $5.5 million for her vaginal mesh lawsuit against C.R. Bard, including $500,000 for loss of consortium with her husband. The litigation continues to grow as more women seek compensation for their severe and debilitating injuries.
Do I Have a Transvaginal 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 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by transvaginal mesh complications, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.