Transvaginal Mesh (TVM)

If you had a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant, also known as a pelvic mesh implant or bladder sling, and are suffering from painful, serious side effects after one or more revision surgeries, you are not alone. Complications involving transvaginal mesh devices have been reported in tens of thousands of women in relation to nine different transvaginal mesh manufacturers, including American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Inc., Covidien and Johnson & Johnson.

May 28, 2015

Case Update:  $100 Million Mesh Verdict

A Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific to pay a total of $100 million in compensatory and putative damages for several permanent and painful injuries caused by two of its transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices. Deborah Barba received her first mesh device in 2009 and still suffers from the pain caused by pieces of the mesh that surgeons were unable to remove. Read more

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Pelvic mesh devices are surgically implanted for the correction of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Among the potential injuries or side effects associated with defective pelvic mesh products are:

  • Chronic vaginal drainage
  • Erosion of the vaginal tissue
  • Feeling as though something is protruding from the vagina
  • Lower back pain
  • Mesh trim or removal in doctor’s office
  • One or more surgeries to repair or remove mesh
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
  • Pressure or feeling of “fullness” in the lower abdomen
  • Reoccurrence of POP or SUI
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal infections
  • Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
  • Vaginal scarring

Contact a Transvaginal Mesh Attorney

Contact medical attorneys Fidelma Fitzpatrick or Jonathan Orent by email or call 1.800.768.4026 to learn if you may have a case related to side effects from a pelvic mesh, transvaginal mesh or bladder sling implant.

Our Leadership Roles in Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice negotiated, with co-counsel, the original AMS settlement that subsequent settlements with the manufacturer have been modeled from. Medical attorneys Fidelma Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Orent serve as co-liaison counsel in the In re Bard Litigation in New Jersey state court, as well as state court liaison counsel in Massachusetts. Fidelma also serves as co-lead counsel in In re American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation and as state court liaison counsel in Delaware. Medical attorney Fred Thompson serves as co-lead coordinating counsel for the pelvic mesh lawsuits consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and as a liaison in the Bard Avaulta multidistrict litigation in West Virginia federal court.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Background

While surgical mesh has been used since the 1950s to repair abdominal hernias, gynecologists began using surgical mesh to treat POP and SUI in the 1990s. The first surgical mesh specifically designed for SUI was approved by the FDA in 1996. In 2002, it approved the first surgical mesh specifically for use in POP. Between 2005 and 2010, nearly 4,000 injuries were reported to the FDA in connection with transvaginal/pelvic mesh devices.

In April 2014, Motley Rice co-founding member Joe Rice announced that an Agreement in Principle had been reached with TVM manufacturer American Medical Systems and parent company Endo International Plc on behalf of approximately 6,000 women who used AMS’s transvaginal mesh device. Read more.

In February 2013, a New Jersey jury awarded $3.5 million in compensatory damages to the plaintiffs in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson due to alleged problems with its Ethicon Gynecare Prolift device. Read more.

In June 2012, Chief Judge Joseph Goodwin and Magistrate Judge Mary Stanley (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia) were notified by letter that Ethicon was voluntarily recalling four Pelvic Floor Repair Systems. Read the full notification letter.  

In September 2011, the FDA issued a recall of certain transvaginal mesh devices. An FDA advisory panel also met to discuss the safety of medical drugs and devices, including transvaginal mesh, and recommended tougher premarket testing of vaginal mesh products and the reclassification of the devices to a Class III—the highest-risk category for medical devices—without recalling existing products.

The FDA warned patients and healthcare providers in July 2011 of the risks associated with the use of transvaginal mesh and recommended they consider alternatives for treating POP and SUI; conditions that may occur after childbirth and pregnancy. Manufacturer market data from 2010 indicates that approximately 100,000 women underwent surgery using mesh to repair POP while more than 200,000 SUI surgeries were performed transvaginally with mesh.

In October 2008, the FDA issued a public health notification alerting healthcare providers and the public about the increasing number of serious health issues associated with transvaginal mesh.

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