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Transvaginal Surgical Mesh

On October 20, 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification to health care practitioners, alerting them to serious complications associated with the placement of transvaginal surgical mesh used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”). Wexler Wallace represents a number of women who were injured by this surgical mesh, and is seeking to recover damages on their behalf.

In an April 17, 2012 order issued by Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, Edward A. Wallace was appointed to the plaintiffs’ steering committee for a number of cases related to the implantation of transvaginal surgical mesh. They include the following matters: In re C.R. Bard, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187); In re American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325); In re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326); and In re Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327).

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”) occurs when a pelvic organ, such as the bladder or uterus, drops from its normal position and pushes against the vaginal walls due to the weakening of muscles – most often as a result of childbirth or surgery.  Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”) is a type of incontinence that results from insufficient strength of pelvic floor muscles.  SUI causes leakage of urine during moments of physical stress, such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising, or other movements that increase intra-abdominal pressure and pressure on the bladder.  Transvaginal Surgical Mesh is used in procedures to treat POP and SUI.  The Mesh is placed transvaginally and is intended to alleviate the pain and discomfort that is accompanied with POP and SUI.

Specific complications associated with Transvaginal Surgical Mesh include:

  • Erosion through vaginal epithelium
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of prolapse/incontinence

Nine manufacturers make Transvaginal Surgical Mesh under various trade names.  The product names and manufacturers include:

  • ContaSure by The Neomedic Company
  • Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling by The Mentor Corporation
  • TVT-Secur System by Gynecare
  • Prolift Pelvic Floor System by Gynecare
  • Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh and Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support System by C.R. Bard
  • Prefyx PPS System by Boston Scientific
  • Perigee Prolapse Repair System by American Medical Systems
  • Mini-Arc Mini Sling by American Medical Systems
  • Apogee Vaginal Vault Prolapse Repair System by American Medical Systems

If you or a loved one suffered complications after use of Transvaginal Surgical Mesh to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence, you may be eligible to file a suit.  Please contact us or complete our online form.

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