Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
Written by Faith Anderson on May 2, 2012
Transvaginal Mesh Devices and Side Effects
Transvaginal mesh devices like the Gynecare TVT are commonly used to treat conditions like pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Unfortunately, recent patient reports and FDA warnings have suggested that transvaginal mesh and bladder sling devices like Gynecare TVT may be associated with serious complications, including mesh erosion, surgical mesh infection, urinary problems, injury to nearby organs, recurrences of prolapse, and bladder, bowel and blood vessel perforations.
According to the bladder sling lawsuit, Blackston received a Gynecare TVT mesh sling on May 7, 2009 as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence, uterovaginal prolapse and cystocele. After the transvaginal mesh was implanted, Blackston began to suffer from symptoms like recurrent stress urinary incontinence, persistent pelvic pain, infections and bleeding. A later examination revealed that Blackston’s bladder sling had eroded through her vaginal wall. Less than a year after being implanted with the transvaginal mesh, on February 18, 2010, Blackston underwent surgery to have the exposed portions removed. As a result, Blackston claims she has suffered from disability, impairment, mental and physical pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other problems.
Surgical Mesh Lawsuits for Side Effects
The allegations against Johnson & Johnson are similar to those in hundreds of bladder sling and transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed throughout the United States against medical device companies. In addition to complaints over Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare and Ethicon products, similar lawsuits have been filed over Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh, AMS pelvic mesh and Boston Scientific mesh. Plaintiffs allege that medical device manufacturers failed to adequately research and test their products or warn consumers about the risk of painful and debilitating complications from bladder sling and transvaginal mesh products, such as infection, pelvic pain and vaginal mesh erosion. The Blackston’s lawsuit will likely be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where the federal bladder sling litigation has been centralized as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL).