Hundreds of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against numerous medical device manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard.  If you or a loved one experienced complications as a result of being implanted with transvaginal mesh, you may be able to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Overview Of Transvaginal Mesh Implants

Transvaginal mesh implants are used for the treatment of Pelvic Floor Repair, Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”).  In order to treat these conditions, transvaginal mesh is surgically attached to or implanted in the vaginal wall.  However, the vaginal mesh exposes women to an increased risk of serious and life-threatening complications.  Several manufacturers of vaginal mesh received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) between 1996 and 2008.  Approval was based on their prior history of use in other parts of the body (e.g. to repair hernias).  However, the vaginal mesh products were never tested for safety for use in transvaginal procedures.  As early as 1999, complications stemming from the vaginal mesh implants were reported.  That year, Boston Scientific voluntarily issued a transvaginal mesh recall of 20,000 implants.  Notwithstanding the recall, the FDA continued to approve vaginal mesh implants that were substantially similar to the recalled implants.

Filing a Mesh Lawsuit

Complications associated with vaginal mesh implants include erosion through the vaginal epithelium, painful sexual intercourse, infection, urinary problems, and recurrence of POP and SUI.  If you experienced complications as a result of transvaginal mesh and are considering filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, a vaginal mesh attorney can explain your legal rights and options.  A Bernstein Liebhard LLP transvaginal mesh attorney not only understands the sensitive nature of complications caused by transvaginal surgical mesh, but will fiercely advocate on your behalf.  In fact, one of the firm’s partners has been recognized as a leading pelvic mesh attorney and was judicially appointed to serve as Co-Liaison Counsel in In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, which is a consolidation of all transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in New Jersey state court.

Transvaginal Mesh And The FDA

In October 2008, the FDA issued a health alert cautioning doctors about the risks associated with transvaginal mesh.  At that time, the FDA stated that vaginal mesh complications were “rare.”  However, the FDA advisory was followed by a rise in transvaginal mesh lawsuits stemming from the health problems caused by vaginal mesh.  Between 2008 and 2010, the FDA received over 2,800 reports of complications associated with transvaginal mesh procedures.  In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning regarding the high incidence of complications associated with transvaginal mesh when used for the treatment of POP.  The FDA specified that these complications are not limited to a single brand of vaginal mesh.  In September 2011, an advisory panel recommended that transvaginal mesh be reclassified as high risk so that manufacturers would be forced to undergo rigorous testing in order to receive FDA approval.  As part of its ongoing safety review, in January 2012, the FDA reached out to 35 vaginal mesh manufacturers and requested data on the safety and effectiveness of vaginal mesh implants.  The FDA also mandated that manufacturers conduct safety studies on transvaginal surgical mesh implants.  Given these developments, there is a growing consensus that a transvaginal mesh recall should be issued.

Vaginal Mesh Attorney

If you or a loved one has experienced the painful complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, including Gynecare and Avaulta surgical mesh, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Contact one of our surgical mesh lawyers today for a confidential and free vaginal mesh lawsuit case evaluation. A transvaginal mesh attorney can advise you of your legal rights.  Even though there has not been a Gynecare transvaginal mesh recall or an Avaulta surgical mesh recall, victims who suffered complications as a result of transvaginal mesh should not be deterred from filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit.

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Published November 17, 2011 by