More than 100,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the last couple of years. Some have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and the settlements for the claim holders in what are shaping up to be one of the largest medical device mass torts in history.
There are many different manufacturers of surgical mesh, including:
- R. Bard
- American Medical Systems Holdings
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson & Johnson
The most common complications that have been reported in the bladder mesh lawsuit include:
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Erosion of the vaginal tissue
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforations of the bladder, bowel, or blood vessels
- Pressure or a constant feeling of full lower abdomen
- Urinary problems
- Feeling of a protrusion from the vagina
- Lower back pain
- Need for corrective surgeries to repair or remove mesh
- Vaginal infections
- Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal scarring
In 2011, the public interest safety group Public Citizen have called upon the FDA to recall non-absorbable synthetic transvaginal surgical mesh. Public Citizen noted that the non-absorbable meshes “should be recalled because they offer no significant benefits but expose patients to serious risks and the potential for permanent, life-altering harm.”
As there are multiple plaintiffs, the term “vaginal mesh class action” is sometimes used to describe the litigation but the claim holders have not technically come together in a class action. Instead, these cases are consolidated as a multi-district litigation, or MDL, in which cases from multiple federal courts throughout the United States for the purposes of pretrial proceedings.
Johnson & Johnson faces more vaginal mesh lawsuits than any other mesh manufacturer. New Jersey-based C.R. Bard has moved to settle some of the lawsuits. Endo International plc (Endo) acquired device maker American Medical Systems Holdings, Inc. (AMS) and till date has agreed to pay out roughly $2.6 billion to settle cases claiming injuries from the defective devices.
If you had transvaginal mesh surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and you suffered a severe injury requiring medical treatment, your injury can help you earn the damage awards. Visit http://tvmassistance.net/ to get in touch with the dedicated attorneys of tvmassistance.net or dial 1-888-996-6632 to find out more.