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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 September 2014, more than 60,000 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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133 comments

  1. sharmain Reply

    I had a complete hysterectomy in 2008 and all my doctor has told me is that he rebuilt the wall of uterus. I’m sure if he used a mesh or a sling in me or not all I know is that having sex with my husband is out of the question. If I’m not being to personal but my sex life is gone and I used to love it. So can someone let me what it is and Can I still do a claim if need be. you can email it to me. please thank you

  2. mihaela Reply

    Hello Ladies Yesterday the Lawyer contacted me to fill my case and I have described by phone my symptoms since I had the mesh. Today checking online the name of my doctors saw this . I feel so bad for every single one of you, because I know exactly what you all going through. I can relate when you mention giving birth pressure, odor, difficulty urinating, allergies, dizziness, UTI, urine starts to rum down my legs, weird bleeding , feeling like a 80 years old woman, etc. I am living with hate for the last 6 years, and I am afraid to remove it, because I can’t afford more complications. I am 44 and I want to live. I can talk for hours about the symptoms that I have but I know you all have same problem.

  3. Jan Reply

    I had my TVT Exact Mesh Sling surgery in December of 2011. It has ruined my life. Right from the start. The biggest problem I have is getting a Doctor to help me. They are all in DENIAL and do not want to be associated with the complications this procedure has cause me. I live in Ohio. I am 60 years old and I was a very active and physically in great shape prior to the TVT surgery. I feel so bad for all you younger women. No one knows the pain and hysteria this has caused us. Take care and Live for Today! And Dream for Tomorrow! J. Urban

  4. angela Reply

    I wet all over the specialist I see is putting in a stimulator,like a pacemaker but to regulate ,my over active bladder,I have a mesh for my vaginal prolapse, a tape sling for my bladder,both defective ,johnson an johnson an i think’bard’well I wake up soaking wet with sweats ,in pain hips back locked up. Hurts to move roll over stiff,legs feet hands swollen, can’t do anything lay down in bed an cry’my heart goes out to u all,wake every hour in pain’great husband great love life not anymore been 2 years he said he would be here no matter what ,thank god for true love I would be lost been together 30 yes,why do I break out in beads of sweat until I am soaked? Don’t get that haven’t heard of it being a symptom, feel pressure pushing doun in my vigina,groin pain.3/4 days straight in bed ,may be something elce there no one else seems to do that,life as I enjoyed it is over ,wish I had it back ,am very angery with the makersv of the torched device’s in me,not fda approved not suppose to be oin us ,monster inside we are torchred for singing to be well where is the justice in that,no crime an we are being punished,pain sevear most days Dr’s look at me like I am crazy ,they need to be explained to how to help us,not make us feel stupid, when I say it is bad pain it is,nothing to joke about.

  5. Nancy Reply

    I feel so badly for all of you dear women. We are all alone with the difficulties we have had and what I would give to be able to be with all of you and talk about it. I had prolapse surgery in 2012 and didn’t think they would use mesh. The dr put a tvt sling in as well although I had no incontinence before. Of course it was too tight and all of it was too tight! The same symptoms as all of you – tightness, shaking, infections, a horrible feeling of tightness! And always tired!! I kept saying it was a horrible feeling and dr kept saying it would get better. Finally I got an appointment with one of the top 2 who fixes these issue, at St Pauls, Vancouver, and she completely removed the tvt sling and all that is better and normal! Thank God. They there was the end bits of the mesh for the prolapse that the dr had left jagged and a lump of scar tissue. She removed that 2 weeks ago. Now just tight from mesh for prolapse and what to do now? Live with it or cut it and have it loose? I don’t like that at all. It’s not that bad but it feels tight and I’m tired most of the time. What should I do? My heart goes out to you all. Nancy

  6. Brenda Reply

    Had surgery In 2007 . Have had trouble ever sentence surgery. I have to wear a pad all the time and kidenys infections all the time .And bladder infections to. And I had pelvic done in the mesh to. A pelvic prolapse surgery at the same time and bladder . And the smell is so bad like something roared dead smell . And bowl. O my God please help me. And no sex and can’t even take a wash.It hurts.

  7. Renee Reply

    I went to an OB doctor with concerned about a cosmetic look of my vagina and tightening. The doctor put me on immediate medical leave, stating urine incontinence (which I did not have) and many other problems. He gave me a DNC first and sex was (Perfect). Then the surgery. He stated I would need an hysterectomy and I made it perfectly clear, if it is a must; Please give me a partial hysterectomy. He did a full hysterectomy, mesh for prolapse and urine incontinence. Sex is very painful now at the top of my vagina. Stop having it for about a year, then when I did have sex a day later loud odor. My doctor retired about three months after my surgery. So when I went to another doctor that is when I found I had a total hysterectomy and went straight into depression as I do not even feel like I even needed a partial. Five day cycle; normal bleeding. This is sad and I do not have time to take off to keep correcting problems. Feel really bad

  8. Christine Reply

    Has anyone with this surgery had a doctor hit the ciatic nerve and cause damage? He went in for a second surgery to remove the sutchers that was rubbing on the ciatic nerve? I currently have a doctor appointment because my bladder won’t empty so I am going every 15 minutes. Always feels like I have a bladder infection but for once there is not infection, so wondering what going on with this.

  9. marrie Reply

    My mother had her first surgery in 2001 and it failed and she had to get another one in 2008 and another recently she just filled out paperwork for a lawyer and is now suing because she is in constant pain and cant pick up anything over 10 pounds

  10. Linda Reply

    I had my mesh sling put in on 2007 three months after it was put in, it stop working, I have been having nothing but pain,,sick all the time and bleeding on and off. I try to get hold of the doctor that put it in and was told he left state, it hurt to have intercourse etc.I went to see another doctor he said [all these lawyers where just sueing to make money] so I stop going to doctors .Then this year it got worst so I saw another doctor and he said I had erosion so sent me to a doctor in St. Louis Missouri he removed it did not get it all but some of the pain is gone.. I still have pain but not as bad I was just one he could not get to it to remove it all.

  11. Kristin Reply

    Has anyone had trouble finding your tvt sling model #. The Dr. And the hospital can’t locate the records

  12. Eileen Reply

    My sling was put in June, 2007…my main problem is extremely painful sex, but I do have some incontinence, both urinary and bowel, which is totally disturbing at 62 :( what caught my attention in all of your posts was that a couple of people commented about looking pregnant. That’s what my stomach looks and feels like. When I was younger and laid flat, my stomach would sink in, even though I was overweight, but now it is just big and I look PG! I HATE this! I never thought it might be connected to the mesh sling, but now I’m wondering??? Does anyone know if there is a connection or why this happens?
    Thanks!

  13. Lydia. Reply

    Does anyone feel they are getting the comnsation by tv mesh bladder sling lawyers?

  14. Regina Reply

    In January 2001 I had the Gore-Tex sling put in and by July 2001 my OBGYN was cutting a piece of it out because it protruded through the vaginal wall causing major problems. I still have the majority of this sling in which I continue to be in severe pain every day. I was 26 at the time I received this as the doctor told me I would have to eventually have this surgery just to find out that I didn’t need the surgery at all. My life has changed drastically due to the Gore-Tex sling and I can’t get any help to try and fix some of the problems. I filed with different lawyers to see if something could be done as I was just hoping to get help with revision and didn’t care about the compensation and all of them told me that Gore-Tex isn’t one that is involved in any litigation cases. Does anyone know of where I might could go for help or even a lawyer that would be willing to actually take this case to at least help me get medical relief?

  15. K Niksarli Reply

    This is all about informed consent. I install slings every week. Prior to surgery I give the option of the Burch procedure, a Kelly Plication, or simply doing kegels. For prolapses, the alternative is surgery to only plicate the prolapse with natural body tissues.
    All of my patients understand that there is the potential for complication with any device. They choose surgery or no surgery.

    I’m curious, were all of you simply not accepting of the potential for complications?
    Nobody can force a woman to have surgery. If a woman is leaking urine and wants treatment, a sling is the least invasive form of treatment. The alternative is to continue to leak urine, or continue to have a large cystocele or rectocele.

  16. Val Reply

    You are a rude and cold person. Do you tell your patients that they might be pooping out their vagina? That might hurt business a bit. I wasn’t told mesh was put in. NEVER had incontinence until mesh. If you do inform your patients and tell all of them you are using mesh and explain the risks, you are among the few from what it sounds. You are assuming that all patients are told mesh is being used and that the doctor disclosed that fact and any possible complications.

    Mesh mutilated me. Felt cutting and so much pain for years until a Doctor finally told me I had mesh put in for incontinence. Which I never had- prior to the mesh. Got mine out at UCLA. Part broke off and worked its way up groin to hip joint. Had bladder cut on, vagina reconstructed and mesh cut out around urethra. No one wanted to touch me but went ahead as was having constant UTIs.

    I am a financial advisor. Most patients trust and believe their Doctors. So if I sold you a financial product and you lost all your money, is it your fault for trusting me? Or yours for not reading and understanding the product?( Because most people do not understand most of this). To me, I would be responsible because it was my job to take care of my client. Personally I blame my Doctor on this mesh. He failed to disclose any of it to me and then blew me off.( and lied on my records.) I still have chronic pain, can’t have sex because of pain. Can’t work and have little if any social life. And their is no end to this torture. So, show a little compassion. I have been suffering with this since 2007.

  17. Gloria Reply

    I had a bladder sling in 2003-4. I was called a SPARC; it did stop me from peeing on myself….but had flu symptoms with fever. I thought I was actually going to die. I feel that it has affected something in my head, because when I get temp ( which is often) it greatly effects my eyes. I keep a bladder infection……….so many antibiotics. The UTI’s makes me feel so bad and along with the meds…..it’s overwhelming ! Last summer the doctor gave me a new antibiotic (MICROBID) and I took it and it cleared up the UTI, In a couple of months, the same thing and I called and ask for a REFILL on MICROBID. I took one and come in a hair of dying. I became allergic and barely made it to the phone to call an ambulance, couldn’t even talk to them. They worked on me at the ER for 7 hours. I didn’t remember a thing. I live alone and I’m scarred to take a anything. I stay sore all over and I have a reeking smell and don’t want to get near anyone. I told my doctor that I have a scratching in my vagina and when examined me, it hurt so bad, and he told me that it would probably scratch my partner. I haven’t been intimate with anyone or had sex for years because of the smell and pain. I can live with that, but the body pain makes me move around like I’m a 100 years old. I don’t take pain medication. I only take antibiotics and baby aspirin. Way too many ! I’m scarred to have it removed. When I initially got the SPARC the doctor admitted that he punctured my bladder. I was in the hospital for 8 days and I was in so much pain. I was told before the surgery that the insurance would approve it for a overnight stay, I was also told that it was a minor procedure and that I would go home the next morning, YEAH RIGHT ! Feel like my life’s over. So depressed. I’ll pray for all of us, now that I know that there are so many hurt women.

  18. amy Reply

    i was 32 years old i have a complete hystorectomy a bladder sling a uretha sling and transvaginal mesh and vaginal recunstruction, i was cut open from my belly button to my vagina many many staples. i knew i was haveing this surgery which was july 15 of 2007, but i was not told or warned of what problems i may have after the surgery. recovering from this surgery was rough, i was under anestisa for 10 hours. my family was worried they said aftr surgery i looked like a corpe, i had to spend a week in the hospital and have blood tranfusions , i prayed so hard to jesus to help me , alot of the pain pills they gave me made me so sick and the delodid made me see things crawling on the walls and on my hospital bed, noone ever told me about how hard this recovery was gunna be. but medicade won pay for you to stay long in a hospital or pay for you to go to a rehabilitaion center, which i needed couse i couldnt even sit or walk i felt like i had been gutted like a pig , i guess i was used as aguinie pig. i hope no woamna ever has to suffer this like i did , i pray for you all , there is so much about this surgieres that changed my life i dont know where to begin but i feel much older now and i am only 39

  19. Jason Reply

    My wife had her surgery March 2011 and the several times we went to the urogynecologist and the actual surgeon before she went into surgery We were never told that there have been hundreds if not thousands of complications with the mesh and/or slings. They could have told her and all you other ladies so you could have a choice whether to go on with the surgery or wait till something else. But no the Drs. look at it like if we don’t say anything we can make a few hundred grand off of this surgery and then several hundred thousand more dollars off of having to put all of y’all back in the O.R. Me personally I don’t understand why Drs. don’t get held responsible for crap like this.Why aren’t they being sued or made to give the money they made from all the crooked crap they done back to the person they messed up. It makes me cry typing this comment about this inhumane treatment. It wasn’t 3 months after her surgery that she that she prolapsed again. My wife has never been big anywhere except in her sexy booty :) Now her stomach looks like she’s 8-9 months pregnant. People always ask us when we’re do. So it’s not only physical pain that these women go through it’s mental and emotional pain also. Also the men in their lives go through mental and emotional pain. I know my wife is always telling me now that I’m not attracted to her and I don’t love her anymore because she’s fat and that is the furthest thing from the truth. No matter what I do or how much I tell her I love her she don’t believe me. Before this nightmare of a surgery we used to have sex any and everywhere. On top of the mountain which is right off the side of the road, Driving down the road. Where ever we felt like making love. I miss that so much. We used to have sex more in a week then, than we have had sex all together in the past 41 months.

  20. Mom Reply

    Statute of limitations differs by state. Usually 2 to 4 years. Most states have a discovery rule that means the time starts from when a reasonable person should have known what the problem was. I was lied to for years and believed the docs until after 3 years it was obvious to me and another doc confirmed it to be erosion and infection. The clock started running then and not from the date of implant. Check with an attorney and ask specifically about this discovery rule before you give them the date of implant so they don’t turn you down right off the bat. The saddest thing is that many problems don’t become serious enough for mor us to seek a second opinion until after 5 years. We have to be more proactive. We do not deserve to suffer.

  21. Janet Reply

    Have had left hip issues and pain in groin area, having intercourse causes my left leg to cramp up or lock up. To put weight on my left leg can be painful at times. I though perhaps it was due to the surgery and the position they had me to complete the mesh procedure. I just know I hadn’t had this issue prior to surgery. After surgery I found myself having to lift my left leg to get into a car as well as complication with walking up and down stairs. Now I have days where sitting at my desk I stand up and have great pain in the left hip along with left side of my hip and ab area numbing and aching.

  22. Felicia Reply

    I had hysterectomy in 2004 then a vaginal Vault prolapse back in 2006 after reading all your post I now understand why I hurt so back after intercourse , and bleed to, and why I have to strain so hard to have a bowel movement even if I take something to help me go, it doesn’t help and my back has been hurting me for over a year now and the doctor keep telling me nothing is wrong when I know it is. I am trying to find another doctor to go because they try to stick together when they know they have messed up. I know that this mesh may be the cause of all my problems and they don’t want to own up to it, no one should have to live life like this everyday in pain, stomach looking like you are 7 to 8 months pregnant because you are not emptying your bowels like you should be, something needs to be done about this I know I need help.

  23. Dakeys Reply

    Go to / mesh medical device news desk .com / their is tons of infor for us that suffers from vaginal mesh problems . I had mesh sling put in 2011 and didn’t understand my problems until my husband noticed he was felling a foreign object . I went back to that doctor and he game me cream so after 5 surgeries so far ,I still have pain . I had to found over 7 doctors and still working on these problems, I’m not sitting , walking ,standing, running ,lifting , for over 5 minutes ,burning in my leg ,vaginal bone pain has never stopped . My body locks up and can’t move normally. This is a ongoing battle , these doctors where paid too butcher us and now they don’t want to tell the truth . But you can’t give up . Don’t forget to get a attorney . Take care !!!

  24. Kenny Reply

    My mom died from septic shock after having the mesh removed from around her bowels. I was the saddest thing I have ever had to watch. She went into the hospital for mesh problem so many times. The last time, my wife dropped her off for outpatient surgery, we were going to pick her up that afternoon. She never made it out, 3 days later she was dead because of this mesh that had came loose and wrapped around her bowels and when the doctor tried to remove it, she starting leaking poison into her body and died a slow death. It was painful to her and to me to watch. I will never be able to get her sad eyes out of my head.

  25. Sammy Reply

    I am not a victim of mesh. I just came to realize the travesty of this implant when a friend told me she has one. I started doing research – a lot of research. I cried when I read the stories of what women have had to endure.

    The public needs to be made aware of this problem and not just through the attorney commercials that are on every 5 minutes about victims of transvaginal mesh.

    I sign every petition available, I have written my congress woman and will continue to do whatever I can to get these products off the market.

    You all deserve compensation for your suffering.

  26. Andrea Reply

    Wow! I too am blown away as to all the pain and suffering we have endured! I didn’t have a mesh sling but human tissue with the same results ! I ended up retiring early because as a music teacher you need to participate with the class for them to fully see the value of what you are teaching therefore I would dance, jump twist etc. but the pain from doing so would stop me in my tracks to the point of tears. My female urologist explained away all my discomfort and treated me like it was all in my head. I was in her office regularly, went to the ER a couple of times and like so many of you had pain from day ONE! It has not let up after 6yrs. Now I still suffer from rushing to the bathroom-another reason to quit teaching- pain and sharp pain in my groin. As for sexual activity, there will be none due to pain nor has there been any since. I have constant UTI’s ,foul smelling urine, leakage and all unpleasantness mentioned above. I have a lawsuit in the works but everyday suffering doesn’t seem to be enough. They seem to only interested if new surgeries are required. I feel debilitated by the pain. :(

  27. Doris Reply

    I had a bladder sling inserted in 2006. I thought everything was fine until about 6 months ago when my urine stream became a dribble. Then I began to have urgency and leaking. This past week I went to see a doctor in the same urology group that put in the sling. After a painful try at inserting a cath she tried again with a camera probe. That’s when she found the mesh has invaded and crossed my urethra. So it works like a seive. She says the mesh needs to be cut out with a laser and may need to be done more than once. How do I know what doctor has experience with this surgery and can do it without making things worse?

  28. Alice Reply

    I had a bladder sling inserted in 02/26/2008. I have had a urinary track infection constantly ever since the surgery. I could not tolerate sexual activity after the surgery.I never did have the sling removed—just go to my primary doctor for my urinary track infection which is quite often.
    About the time I get over a urinary track infection I have another urinary track infection.

  29. Janae Reply

    Dear Ladies
    My heart goes out to each and every one of you. I had my surgery done in 2006 for urinary incontinence. I started having problems 6 months after the surgery. Excessive bleeding, painful intercourse, UTI’S and debilitating abdominal pain. I had revision surgery in 2013. All of the mesh was not able to be removed. I am no longer able to work and is constantly battling depression. I truly feel like I was forced to try a product that obviously was not properly tested. I am praying for all of you and hope that we get the justice we deserve.

  30. Linda Reply

    I had my mesh sling put in 2007 had nothing but pain could not have intercourse very painful. Had it removed could not get it all out, is still very painful my vaginal area, bleed all the time, blood in my urine all the time, vomit, pain in my groin , wet on my self at least 4 to 5 times a day if I go any where I have to put a hand towel in my underwear, can not be gone long from home in fear I will wet all over in front of people, very depressed very tired just want all pain and suffering to end one way or the other. My heart goes out to all of you. And to you Angela I have and have had the same problems you are having mindis a couple of things. But I truly fill for you all. God Be with all of us

  31. Andie Reply

    I had the vaginal surgery done for prolapse back into thousand 11 I wore a super pubic catheter or for close to eight weeks post op I had to have pelvic wall therapy prior to having sex with my husband sex is still painful I have started having a bad odor I have had several infections I have had some blood tinged discharge. The odor that I experience is so foul that I am afraid others can smell me. I wear a pad daily because I have urin colored discharge. I do not have any sexual urges. I am only 55 and prior to surgery had sex with my husband nightly . Now I have to prepare myself mentally and take muscle relaxers to get prepared. I am currently seeing a doctor who has started me on some cream to help go to the lining of my pelvic wall. Never would have had the surgery if I knew this would be the outcome.

  32. Doris Reply

    I agree with K Niksarli. There are risks with any surgery. For anyone who has had the mesh due to hystorectomy, painful intercourse comes from vaginal atrophy and lubrication helps. The odor can be from hormonal changes as well and boric acid suppositories should do the trick.

  33. Deborah Reply

    I had a bladder sling implanted in 2011. It never felt right. Awful pain with intercourse this caused me to stop having sex with my husband. Problem totally empting my bladder and continued leakage. Sling was removed in Oct 2014, not finished healing so I don’t know what the true outcome will be. I hate that I ever had the surgery wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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