Transvaginal Mesh Overview

Transvaginal Mesh Overview

For the 3.3 million U.S. women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP), transvaginal mesh products offer structural support, as well as freedom from intimacy problems and urinary incontinence. Once implanted, the hammock-type mesh is meant to keep pelvic tissues and organs held in place.

However, the promise of this medical device has ended in disappointment and suffering for thousands of women who have filed transvaginal mesh product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts. The Sanders Firm is currently evaluating the experiences of women who have had these mesh products implanted only to suffer greater complications than prior to surgery. If you have been hurt by a pelvic mesh product, you are encouraged to call our team of  personal injury lawyers to discuss your experience and determine if filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit is the best course of action.

What is transvaginal mesh?

Surgical mesh has been used in hernia repair operations since the 1950s. In the 1970s, surgeons started using mesh products to treat pelvic organ prolapse as well. The early years involved cutting the mesh to a desirable shape, making an incision and implanting the mesh in the proper location. Over time, manufacturers began creating ready-to-use mesh kits — that included pre-shaped mesh pieces, surgical instruments and specialized tools – which would feasibly make the surgery easier. By 2004, a number of highly trained urological surgeons and gynecologists had adopted mesh slings marketed by Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and other manufacturers.

Defendants named in pelvic mesh lawsuits

There are seven federal multidistrict litigations that centralize personal injury lawsuits  filed by transvaginal mesh lawyers:

  • MDL 2004: Mentor Corp. (Johnson & Johnson) ObTape Transobturator Sling Products – 514 cases*
  • MDL 2187: C.R. Bard Pelvic Repair System Products – 5,505 cases*
  • MDL 2325: American Medical Systems (Endo Health) Pelvic Repair System Products – 11,390 cases*
  • MDL 2326: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products – 7,310 cases*
  • MDL 2327: Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson) Pelvic Repair System Products – 11,589 cases*
  • MDL 2387: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products – 1,099 cases*
  • MDL 2440: Cook Medical Pelvic Repair System Products – 133 cases*

*Note: Case information is based upon data from the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation as of December 2013.

The lawsuits detail a wide range of complications – from serious bleeding, injury to other organs and scarring – to mesh erosion, infection and severe pain. Plaintiffs are demanding compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of earnings, as well as pain and suffering. Many spouses are seeking additional damages for loss of consortium.

Plaintiffs see early victories

July 2012 saw the resolution of the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The Bakersfield, California jury ruled in favor of plaintiff Christine Scott, who walked away with a $5.5 million verdict to cover her medical expenses, pain and suffering after eight surgeries and nine medical procedures related to the implantation of two C.R. Bard mesh devices.

Similarly, a New Jersey jury ruled in favor of Linda Gross and ordered Johnson & Johnson – manufacturer of the Gynecare Prolift system — to pay $11.1 million in damages after the South Dakota nurse suffered mesh erosion, scar tissue, inflammation and other complications from her 18 mesh repair operations.

In September 2013, two plaintiffs settled with C.R. Bard out of court for undisclosed sums. Lawyers for Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific, Coloplast Corp, Cook Medical and C.R. Bard told Bloomberg News that they are contemplating settling more cases out of court.

At The Sanders Law Firm, Success Is A Tradition

Founded in 1967, The Sanders Law Firm has flourished into one of New York’s most successful personal injury practices, with an accomplished team of attorneys, paralegals, health care consultants, and support staff. Our trial attorneys take new cases on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost to the client unless we secure monetary damages on your behalf.

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At The Sanders Firm, there is never any charge to evaluate your case. We have helped thousands of injured clients throughout New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and we’re prepared to help you too. In just the last five years we have procured over $100 million dollars on behalf of our clients, thanks to our vast resources and experienced attorneys. Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.

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