In one of the most recent vaginal mesh lawsuit horror stories to be told in the U.S., an Albany woman says the complications she has suffered from a surgery she underwent 10 years ago has forced her to “stop into doctor’s offices I really didn’t know at all because I was in such pain” among other tribulations, according to WNYT.com in New York.

The article published Feb. 25 states that the woman originally received the vaginal mesh device to treat her stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and has undergone revision surgeries to remove the surgical material since then. However, she still suffers recurring infections that have caused her to take antibiotics every day and does not envision any future improvements to her condition. 

When the WNYT.com reporter asked, “Can you see a little light at the end of the road?” she responded, “No, no. And that’s what’s discouraging.”

A urologist quoted in the publication said these complications are so commonly suffered by women implanted with vaginal mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, and other companies because most of them did not sufficiently study their products’ safety and effectiveness in treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

“And even in the best cases, mesh like this, if you put it in the wrong patient or attach it in the wrong place you’re going to create problems,” the urologist added. “When we tie these things into the ligaments, it’s very important to hook it to the right spot.”

Side Effects Claimed in Ethicon Mesh, Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Women who claim to have suffered complications associated with vaginal mesh say they experienced:

  • Bleeding;
  • Erosion through the vaginal epithelium;
  • Urinary problems; infection;
  • Painful sexual intercourse;
  • Recurrence of POP and/or incontinence;
  • Chronic pain; and
  • Vaginal scarring.

These vaginal mesh side effects are what have prompted thousands of women to file claims over the devices. In February 2013, approximately 8,000 claims have been filed in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. against the following manufacturers: Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, and C.R. Bard Inc.

Many of the lawsuits filed over Ethicon mesh and similar devices are pending in multidistrict litigations currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

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If you experienced bleeding, mesh erosion, chronic pain, or another side effect associated with vaginal mesh, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out more about vaginal mesh lawsuits at (877)779-1414.

Published March 25, 2013 by