Knowledge of Surgical Mesh Lawsuits, Complications May Not Have Significant Influence on Women Considering the Procedure, Recent Study Suggests
Surgical mesh lawsuit advertisements seen on TV, online or heard on the radio have alerted 99 women surveyed in a recent study of the dangers associated with the vaginal implants, but three quarters of them said they would still consider the mesh if urged to do so by a physician, according to research led by the American Urological Association.
This information, presented at the American Urological Association 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting, is particularly troubling given the recent string of warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the past few years, not to mention the rising number of claims filed against vaginal mesh manufacturers.
Despite Knowledge of Vaginal Mesh Complications, Survey Reveals 75% of Women Would Consider Procedure if Counseled by a Doctor
In 2011, the FDA warned the public that “serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse are not rare,” and that the agency “continues to evaluate the effects of using surgical mesh to repair stress urinary incontinence.”
Despite this fact, 75 percent of women said in the questionnaire that they would consider mesh as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. 57.6 percent of those polled answered that they first learned about vaginal mesh from legal advertising, and only 33 percent said their opinion about vaginal mesh was most influenced by legal advertising.
Meanwhile, more and more women are filing surgical mesh lawsuits alleging injuries from the vaginal implants designed to treat such conditions as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
These claims, which have been filed against manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard Inc. and American Medical Systems allege the following transvaginal mesh complications:
- Mesh erosion through vaginal tissue
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- Vaginal scarring
Thousands of claims involving pelvic mesh implants are now pending in separate federal multidistrict litigations underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, while 2,682 Ethicon mesh lawsuits had been filed in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court, according to a Case List update from May 4th, 2013.
Filing a Vaginal Mesh Complications Lawsuit
To file a surgical mesh lawsuit alleging complications, your first step should be to contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP. A lawyer at the Firm can help navigate your legal rights, and inform you of the process of filing a claim against the manufacturer whose product allegedly caused your injuries. Please call (877) 779-1414 for more information.