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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.

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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 December 2014, more than 65,000 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.

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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.

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