Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic fiber sling that is implanted through the vagina. It is used to prevent instances of pelvic organ prolapse in women, a condition in which organs such as the bladder, uterus, and lower digestive tract begin to descend. This type of treatment has existed since the 1990s. But since that time, numerous issues with the mesh, including mesh erosion, organ perforation, pain and abdominal pressure, infections, bleeding, and urinary incontinence, have emerged. This prompted the FDA to issue a public health notification in 2008 followed by an updated advisory and safety study order in 2011.
Numerous cases — both individual and class action suits — are pending against the various companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh. The majority of the individual cases pending in federal court have been consolidated in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under one of five multidistrict cases — each against one of the major manufacturers of pelvic mesh: C.R. Bard, Inc.; American Medical Systems, Inc.; Boston Scientific Corp.; Ethicon, Inc.; and Coloplast Corp.
If you or a loved one had transvaginal mesh implantation and experienced pain, incontinence, or other side effects or had to have further surgery to have the mesh repaired, reimplanted, or removed, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the manufacturer. As a victim, you have many options for pursuing a products liability claim. An experienced attorney at Phillips Law Offices can examine your specific situation and help you determine which course of action is best suited for you.