Vaginal Mesh / Bladder Sling Lawsuits


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Thousands of women who had a vaginal mesh or bladder sling implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse have experienced severe internal injuries, urinary problems and other complications as a result of problems with the medical devices, which may actually provide no real benefit over other methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse.

STATUS OF TRANSVAGINAL MESH LAWSUITS: Cases have been filed throughout the United States by women who experienced complications as a result of the negligent design of a vaginal mesh pelvic support system, and lawyers are continuing to review new vaginal mesh lawsuits.


OVERVIEW: Vaginal mesh, which is also referred to as a bladder sling, hammock or pelvic mesh, is a surgical product that is commonly implanted into the vaginal area to prevent pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which can occur in women after childbirth or surgery. Pelvic organ prolapse causes the womb to fall into the vaginal area, which can also lead to the bladder and bowels slipping out of place and putting pressure on the vagina, causing considerable pain and discomfort, as well as urinary incontinence in some cases.

Lawsuits over vaginal mesh implants allege that negligent designs increase the risk that women may suffer severe complications, physical pain and suffering, deformity and the need for additional corrective surgery. In addition, the FDA acknowledged in July 2011 that there is no evidence that vaginal mesh bladder sling surgery provides any greater clinical benefit than non-mesh surgeries.

VAGINAL MESH PROBLEMS: The FDA issued a statement about all vaginal mesh implants in July 2011, indicating that the agency has received thousands of reports of complications after the bladder sling mesh has been implanted, and also warn of an increased risk of organs being punctured during the surgery to implant the devices. The FDA stated that a review of studies and other literature appeared to show little to no health benefits.

Complications with vaginal sling implants reported by women include:

  • Infection
  • Erosion of the mesh into the vagina
  • Recurrences of prolapse
  • Urinary problems
  • Bowel, bladder and blood-vessel perforations
  • Injury to nearby organs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

In many cases, transvaginal sling problems have required multiple surgeries to remove the mesh. Even after surgery, women may be left with permanent and disfiguring injuries.

VAGINAL MESH LAWSUITS: As of October 2015, more than 70,000 complaints had been filed throughout the federal court system involving complications from vaginal mesh or bladder sling products. Most of the cases have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, with the cases centralized before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia for coordinated discovery and early bellwether trials.

Seven different MDLs are currently centralized before Judge Goodwin, including all Bard Avaulta lawsuits, AMS vaginal mesh lawsuits, Boston Scientific pelvic mesh lawsuits, Ethicon Gynecare mesh lawsuitsColoplast sling lawsuits. Neomedic mesh lawsuits, and Cook Surgisis Biodesign mesh lawsuits.

A series of bellwether trials are being held in each of the MDLs to help the parties gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout the litigation. The preparation and outcomes of these early trials are designed to facilitate a possible vaginal mesh settlement agreement that could resolve cases without the need for thousands of trials to be held throughout the country.

While some manufacturers have settled thousands of these cases, tens of thousands more remain unresolved.

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  1. Gail Reply

    Its been at least 10 years since my bladder sling was placed. I’ve been having a discharge from the urethra for about 2 years. I’ve reported it to at least 3 Drs over the 2 years period, one of the three at least twice during my GYN visits., even mentioned I had a bladder sling, none of them would listen. My GYN claimed the bladder sling seemed ok to her. I even mentioned my husband had said he could feel something ,just felt like something was poking him. Drs. put me through tests for STD”S!!!, I haven’t had intercourse for at least 2 1/2 years, my husband had bladder and prostate cancer. Needless to say he could not get an erection due to his condition. Only until last Tuesday May 26, 2015 was it discovered the bladder sling showed signs of erosion. I’ve had numerous UTI, stabbing pain in the vaginal area off and on, leakage from just hearing water run, with an urgency uncontrolled, low back pain. All of my symptoms were just blown off. Discussing options with a urologist/gyn…surgery is her recommendation to remove as much of the mesh as possible . I think its to late for compensation for the mental anguish, pain, and embarrassment associated with continuing to explain , go through tests over and over without resolve. Please ladies trust your instincts, if hadn’t insisted to my GYN to send me to another Dr. I would still be feeling crazy, unheard, an like a hypochondriac. Any thoughts on my new Drs. recommendation of more surgery?, I’m told by her I have no choice

  2. Vickie Reply

    Gale I can relate to your problems. I just found out last Thursday that my mesh bladder sling has eroded into my bladder. The mesh sling was in planted 9 years ago. The last 2 years have caused me sticking pains in my vaginal area, painful intercourse which has been nonexistent four 5 years now. My GYN told me it was dryness because of lack of hormones. 7 weeks ago a had a lot of pain and then had a lot of blood in my urine. GYN thought I passed kidney stone and put me on antibiotics and told me to come back in two weeks. I was still in pain so I made an appointment with a urologist. He ordered a CT and did a scope and told everyone I had a stone on my bladder wall. He scheduled surgery to remove the stone, which he tried to do only to laser into the mesh erosion. Then he didn’t know what to do. Told me to come back in 2 weeks to discuss what to do about it. I was so discouraged. My daughter works in surgery at a hospital on the northern part of our state, we got the surgery report to her and a urologist that works in surgery with her got me in to see him today. He scoped my bladder again and I am now scheduled for surgery the 12th of June. I am hoping that this will relieve my pain. Hoping you will finally get some relief too.

  3. Cheri Reply

    LAVH Oct 1 1997. Two days later in the ER with a massive hematoma. The next 6 months in and out of Dr’s offices with complaints of moderate to severe pain. Had one Dr. tell this Nurse Paralegal I was drug seeking. Really! Within the next 3 years pain got so severe it would paralyze me. Finally a Dr. who would listen. He made referrals and the mesh had wrapped around my appendix stangling it with bulges everywhere. Had an appendectomy. Still having problems to this day. Ladies this is real. You need to explore what your legal options are.

  4. Mare Reply

    I had surgery in March of this year, and it has made my urinary incontinence problem so much worse that I barely want to leave my house. I also have such great pain in my lower back that I scream out. The Dr. who performed the surgery kept telling me, “Oh, you have to give it at least 5-7 weeks to begin to take effect.” Well, I gave and gave it time, and see where that got me? I have since seen a specialist who said that the wrong surgery had been performed, and he will be removing sling and the band….and doing another surgery. I have been so depressed because of the first surgery, I can’t put it into words. Has anyone been contacted by law firms regarding mass settlement?

  5. JANE DOE Reply

    Where are the criminal charges of all involved in cover up and lies to women? From he FDA, to the chemical companies, doctors, nurses that lied, to politicians , lobbist, judges and attorneys placed by those in power in America to news media to keep it quite? as all made in the trillions counting campaign funds given to presidential politicians running fr office to, cong, sen , reps , and state run states governors that would do nothing to medical boards, and ins/, where is the criminal charges? as more women die and suffer? I HAVEN’T SEEN THE FIRST AS THOSE PLACED ON GOVERNMENT JOBS TO HANG PHONES UP ON WOMEN ASKING QUESTIONS. dragging courts, , WHY, SO THE CHEMICAL COMPANIES AND ALL INVOLVED DON’T LOSE EVERYTHING LIKE THE WOMEN THEY LIED TO HAVE? no justice , using humans as animals in medical research. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES. PEOPLE LIED TO BY THOSE RICH AND IN POWER THAT LIE AND ABUSE THEIR POSITIONS OF POWER

  6. Sherri Reply

    Hi Jane Doe! I know exactly what you are talking about. I have had constant medical problems since I had the bladder sling implant and all the doctors at Scott and White Hospital and/or clinic seem like they are in a coverup conspiracy. Not only do the doctors flat out lie to you but they try to distort your reality by saying “it’s not that bad” and minimize the severe pain! I tried to find a lawyer to sue all thes doctors but have yet to find a lawyer willing to stand up and hold these doctors accountable for lying to me. Getting “treated” for some unknown diagnosis milking my insurance to the max… should be considered insurance fraud because these doctors knowingly lie and deceive me into thinking it’s all in my head when I know damn well it’s all in my vagina! I had to go to a different Doctor not associated with Scott and White because my bladder wouldn’t stay inside! The urologist at Scott and White told me it wasn’t that bad and “I’m just going through menopause.” The sling was “chewing me up” and I ended up with Chronicus Simplex and once I had a revision at another hospital that went away. The urologist at Scott and White told me it was the Premarin causing the problems but it was the mesh clawing me up and the pain was excruciating! So, if there are any lawyers out there reading these posts I would like to know why we can’t sue the doctors for covering it all up, milking our insurance, misdiagnosing and skirting around the root of the problem????? It got so bad at Scott and White that when I had great difficulty breathing I was told there was nothing more they could do! I go to a different clinic and my new dr put me on dulera and, lol and behold, I learned there was something that could be done! Once these Drs know we are suffering from a mesh implant we no longer have the same rights to medical treatment. We are tossed aside like garbage and these Drs don’t want to treat us for anything except the wrong intentional diagnosis!

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