A group of Canadian women gathered to protest outside a local hospital this past weekend to warn about the risk for a vaginal implant to cause pain, infection and other injuries alleged in a growing number of surgical mesh lawsuits.

According to a May 12th, 2013 report from The Star Phoenix, women held up signs outside Saskatoon City Hospital urging patients to avoid transvaginal mesh procedures designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. There, women from across the province told stories of the pain, difficulty walking, and other complications they experienced stemming from the devices, the article stated.

Canadian Protesters Allege Transvaginal Mesh Complications

One woman said, “Two weeks after my surgery, I had excruciating pain. I felt like I had a vice grip on my pelvis with razor blades in it. I couldn’t sit.”

According to the Star Phoenix, protesters gathered for several reasons. Some went to simply educate others about the risk for transvaginal mesh complications, while others went to try and stop doctors from performing the procedures at Saskatoon City Hospital altogether. They also say surgeons failed to inform them about a public health alert issued by Health Canada in 2010 that said the agency was “concerned” about a rising number of side effect reports.

“It’s hell. I haven’t worked since the first surgery. I can’t vacuum. It will take me half an hour some days to sweep my little kitchen. I can’t lift my grandchild,” another protester told the Star Phoenix. “I say no more mesh surgeries. Come up with something else.”

Nearly 2,700 Surgical Mesh Lawsuits Now Pending in N.J. Litigation

The rising number of surgical mesh lawsuits that have been filed in U.S. courts proves these Canadian women are not alone. According to a Case List update on May 4th, 2013, 2,682 Ethicon mesh lawsuits had been filed in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel for the proceeding. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10).

These claims were brought on behalf of patients who allege transvaginal mesh complications stemming from products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon.

The first trial for this litigation concluded in March with a verdict to award $11 million to a transvaginal mesh lawsuit Plaintiff who suffered injuries. That amount included $7.76 million in punitive damages.

Firm partner Jeffrey S. Grand also served on the trial team for this case.

In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, thousands of federally-filed mesh lawsuits are pending in multidistrict litigations (MDL) involving products marketed by C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific and Ethicon.

How to File a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

If you experienced pain, urinary problems, bleeding, mesh erosion or another complication after being implanted with vaginal mesh, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. You may be eligible to file a surgical mesh lawsuit against the manufacturer. Contact the Firm to learn more at (877) 779-1414.

Published May 13, 2013 by