If the news, FDA reports, scientific studies and lawsuits are any indication, just about every type of vaginal mesh is a defective product. The evidence clearly shows that they are dangerous medical devices.
Vaginal mesh is known by many names: transvaginal mesh, bladder sling, transvaginal sling, vaginal sling, bladder sling, . It is a device that is surgically implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a painful and embarrassing condition, and can affect the bladder, urethra, uterus, small bowel and rectum. Those organs can drop and push against the vaginal wall, particularly when nearby muscles are weakened after childbirth.
There are many manufacturers, including C.R. Bard (Avaulta) and Johnson & Johnson.
Statistically, many women who are treated with vaginal mesh suffer from infection, organ perforation, movement of the mesh into the vagina, pelvic pain, and urinary problems. These devices, when defective, must be surgically removed and other surgeries may be necessary to repair internal damage.
One of the big manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson, recently told the courts that it will stop selling all but one of their vaginal mesh products. The decision came nine months after the FDA told them to stop marketing Prolift because of “a potential high risk for organ perforation.” There are over 1,400 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. Most of the lawsuits have been combined in New Jersey state court, and West Virginia federal court. Women with vaginal mesh cases can either file directly into the New Jersey court, or can file in any federal court (like the U.S. District Court for Maryland), and the case will be moved to West Virginia, temporarily.
If you have received a vaginal mesh or transvaginal sling implant, and if you have medical problems including punctured organs, or required a removal of the mesh, call our product liability lawyers to determine if your case can qualify for a possible vaginal mesh settlement. You can call us at 443.850.4426, or online for a discussion about your injuries and your chances of recovery.