With the two-year statute of limitations ending in a number of US states, plaintiffs of transvaginal mesh lawsuits are rushing to get their cases in on time. Already, manufacturers are facing thousands of lawsuits from victims seeking damages for serious complications sustained. Included among the defendants: Boston Scientific Corp, CR Bard Inc., Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., American Medical Systems Inc., Cook Medical Inc., and Coloplast Corp.
Transvaginal mesh injury litigation submitted in federal courts is being consolidated for discovery in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia for multi-district litigation. According to media, in that court, Boston Scientific alone has been hit with over 6,300 related defective medical device complaints, with over half of them filed this year alone.
In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston transvaginal mesh injury lawyers to request your free case evaluation.
Transvaginal Mesh and Its Complications
Surgical mesh is used to strengthen the vaginal wall to fix pelvic organ prolapse or provide support to the urethra when a woman is suffering from urinary incontinence. POP can happen when the tissue that keeps the pelvic organs in place gets weak or stretched. The organs then may prolapse (bulge) into the vagina and even past the opening. The rectum, bladder, uterus, and vaginal apex are just some of the organs that may be impacted. Meantime, SUI involves the urine leaking involuntarily during physical exercise, sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
According to a US Food and Drug Administration update from 2011, unlike what it previously reported, serious complications from transvaginal mesh implants to remedy POP are not rare. Transvaginal mesh erosion can happen. This may lead to infection, pain, or nerve damage. The mesh can even erode through the tissue.
Another serious complication is transvaginal mesh organ perforation, which is when the mesh, after eroding through the wall, causes damage to the organs by perforating them. Additional surgery to repair the injured organ may be required, which could lead to other complications.
Transvaginal mesh users suffering from complications have complained of pain, infection, nerve damage, bleeding, painful sex, vaginal scarring, recurring incontinence, recurring prolapse, vaginal shrinkage, neuro-muscular complications, and/or emotional issues.
To remedy transvaginal mesh complications and injuries, revision surgery may be required, which also could lead to possible complications and additional pain. Sometimes, removing the mesh from a woman’s body is impossible. If tissue and blood vessels have grown around the mesh, multiple surgeries may be required to get it out a little at a time.
You could have a Massachusetts product defects case against a negligent manufacturer. You also may have reasons to pursue a Boston medical malpractice case against the surgeon that botched your implant procedure or revision surgery. Contact Altman & Altman LLP today.
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits mount ahead of statute of limitations, BizJournals, July 2, 2013
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Vaginal Mesh Injuries Lead to Boston Defective Medical Device Lawsuits, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 22, 2011