Thousands of Women File Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits after Suffering Lasting Pain and Other Side Effects, ABCNews.com Reports
One Atlanta woman says she started considering a vaginal mesh lawsuit after the 2006 procedure she underwent to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) allegedly left her with infection and in pain, preventing her from doing what she once loved—like playing actively with her young grandchildren and working as a kindergarten classroom assistant.
According to a Feb. 8 report from ABCNews.com, she filed a vaginal mesh lawsuit five years later after learning that thousands of other women had suffered similar side effects stemming from the surgical material. Used in procedures to treat conditions including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the mesh is surgically implanted into a patient’s vaginal wall to strengthen the pelvic muscles.
“I felt so bad, I felt sad thinking that I had to spend the rest of my life living this way,” the plaintiff said.
In October 2011, she took her first step towards recovery by having most of the mesh removed. She still suffers bladder leakage and feels weak, she claims, but says her condition has improved since the revision surgery.
Thousands of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Pending in U.S. Courts
Some other women have not been so lucky. A vaginal mesh lawsuit plaintiff from Covington, GA allegedly underwent a procedure to remove her mesh in 2010 after originally being implanted with it in 2008, but says she still suffers from constant achiness and shooting pains. Her marriage and sex life have also changed for the worse, she claims.
“Since I had surgery, sex is out. I’m celibate,” she said. “Now it’s a very platonic relationship. You get used to it.”
Over 8,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have now been filed against medical device manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc. Many of these claims are now pending in separate federal multidistrict litigations (MDL) currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
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If you suffered the above complications stemming from vaginal mesh, you may be eligible to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling (877) 779-1414 for more information.