Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers
After the FDA approved the first vaginal mesh device in 1996, a number of other transvaginal mesh manufacturers began marketing similar products. Ultimately implantation of the products injured thousands of women, many permanently.
The Sanders Firm product liability attorneys have spent over four decades helping victims of defective medical devices file lawsuits to recover for their injuries. If you have been hurt by pelvic mesh, we encourage you to contact us for a free, confidential, and no-obligation discussion of whether a transvaginal mesh lawsuit might be of assistance.
Severe mesh complications reported
Surgical mesh is designed to provide structural support for internal organs. Surgeons use the mesh in transvaginal surgery to treat two conditions that commonly afflict women as they age, especially after childbirth: pelvic organ prolapse (POP), in which the bladder and other organs sag into the vagina; and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), in which urine can leak every time a woman coughs or laughs.
Soon after the FDA approved the first mesh product, reports of life-altering complications began to surface, including:
- Severe pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Mesh erosion through the vagina
- Urinary problems
- Neuro-muscular problems
- Organ perforation
- Recurrent prolapse
- Emotional problems
- Pain experienced by male partner during sexual intercourse
Transvaginal mesh manufacturers
Thousands of women who have allegedly suffered one or more of these side effects have filed defective medical device lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries from transvaginal mesh manufacturers.
Those companies and the products they manufacture include:
- C.R. Bard, Inc.: Avaulta mesh and other products
- American Medical Systems: Elevate Anterior & Apical Prolapse Repair System, Apogee Vaginal Vault Prolapse Repair System, and MiniArc Precise Single-Incision Sling
- Boston Scientific: Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling, Polyform Synthetic Mesh, Pinnacle Posterior Pelvic-Floor Repair Kit, Obtryx Transobturator, Uphold Vaginal Support System
- Johnson & Johnson: Ethicon TVT, Gynecare Gynemesh, Gynecare Prolene Mesh, Gynecare Prolift Mesh, Gynecare TVT Sling, Prolene Polypropylene Mesh
- Coloplast Corp.: Novasilk Synthetic Flat Mesh, Restorelle Smartmesh, Exair Mesh, ArisTransobturator (TOT) Sling, Minitape Sling, Omnisure Sling, Supris Subrapubic Sling, T-Sling with Centrasorb
- Cook Medical: SurgisisViodesign Tension-Free Urethral Sling, Surgisis Biodesign Anterior Pelvic Floor Graft, Surgisis Biodesign Posterior Pelvic Floor Graft, Cook Urological Stratasis Urethral Sling and Stratasis Tension Free Urethral Sling.
- DIMA S.L.: Neomedic Needleless Sling, Contasure Needleless Sling, and Remeex System Implantable Synthetic Surgical Mesh.
- Caldera Medical: Ascend Anterior and Ascend Posterior products.
Pelvic mesh injury lawsuits
Over 55,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed to date by women seeking compensation for their injuries. As many as 500,000 transvaginal mesh implantations have been performed every year since the mid-1990s. Given the many alleged injuries that have resulted from these surgeries to date, we anticipate that thousands more women will suffer serious complications in the future.
Attorneys at The Sanders Firm have spent their careers representing victims of defective medical devices and injurious products. We work closely with expert medical consultants, skilled investigators, and veteran support staff to evaluate each victim’s circumstances and determine whether compensation is available through a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. In over 40 years of experience, we have helped thousands of victims recover for their pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, emotional damages, and lost earnings, among other losses.
Starting in 2010, many transvaginal mesh cases were centralized for pretrial processing before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in West Virginia federal court. As of April 2014, seven multidistrict litigation (MDLs) were pending in the Southern District of West Virginia.
The transvaginal mesh MDLs pending include:
- C.R. Bard, Inc., MDL No. 2187: 8,195 cases pending as of March 28, 2014
- American Medical Systems, MDL No. 2325: 17,111 cases pending as of April 1, 2014
- Boston Scientific, MDL No. 2326: 11,274 cases pending as of April 3, 2014
- Johnson & Johnson, MDL No. 2327: 17,518 cases pending as of March 26, 2014
- Coloplast Corp., MDL No. 2387: 1,422 cases pending as of February 27, 2014
- Cook Medical, MDL No. 2440: 230 cases pending as of March 12, 2014
- DIMA S.L., MDL No. 2511: 11 cases pending as of March 25, 2014
Many lawsuits against these manufacturers are also being handled in state courts. In addition, Caldera Medical faces litigation for its mesh products, although those lawsuits have not been coordinated in federal court in West Virginia.
Speak to a transvaginal mesh lawyer
At The Sanders Firm, we specialize in filing defective medical device lawsuits to help victims of products like transvaginal mesh cope with the financial burdens of their injuries. Of course no monetary award can ever fully compensate women and their families for the agonizing pain and disrupted lives caused by transvaginal mesh side effects.
But a monetary award can help victims cope with their day-to-day expenses. Please contact us to discuss your situation if you have been injured by transvaginal mesh implantation. You may reach us at 1.800.FAIR.PLAY.
- U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, “Pending MDLs,” http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/pending-mdls-0
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, “Multidistrict Litigation,” http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/
- Bloomberg, “Coloplast Said to Pay $16 Million to Settle Mesh Lawsuits,” March 4, 2014, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-04/coloplast-said-to-pay-16-million-to-settle-mesh-lawsuits.html