NC Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits - Ward Black Law
The attorneys of personal injury firm Ward Black Law are actively investigating Bard/Avaulta® transvaginal mesh lawsuits and pelvic mesh lawsuits. If you or someone you know has been implanted with a transvaginal or pelvic mesh/sling device and experienced complications, you may have legal recourse. Contact Ward Black Law to discuss your N.C. Transvaginal Mesh lawsuit today!
Transvaginal/Pelvic Mesh History
Since their inception a decade ago, transvaginal/pelvic mesh implants have been a wide-spread treatment for two prevalent female health issues: pelvic organ prolapse (a condition describing the collapse of the pelvic floor, causing pelvic organs to drop from their normal position and bulge or prolapse into the vagina) and stress urinary incontinence. Surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence can be performed through the abdomen or vagina (transvaginally) using sutures, or with the implantation of surgical mesh to reinforce the repair and support the pelvic organs.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), transvaginal/pelvic mesh or sling devices may put women at greater risk for complications with no evidence of greater clinical benefit in comparison to other surgical options. And the number of complications continues to rise. The FDA claimed they've received approximately 3,000 reports of complications due to transvaginal mesh/slings, including:
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Vaginal mesh erosion
- Lower back pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal discharge and infections
- Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
- Vaginal scarring or shortening
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Pressure or discomfort in the lower abdomen
- Reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
Health officials' concern regarding these devices and women's health has increased appreciably.
Complications with transvaginal mesh implantation were noticed early on. According to an article published in an August 2010 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers were forced to halt a transvaginal mesh clinical trial in 2009 when they discovered more than 15% of the women implanted with the transvaginal mesh suffered from vaginal mesh erosion, a potentially serious complication, within a period of only three months.
It was in 2008 that the FDA issued its first public health notification, alerting health officials and consumers to the number of adverse events associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh.
In 2010, according to reports, 75,000 women underwent transvaginal mesh surgery, and at least 10 percent of those patients suffered vaginal mesh erosion within the first year. The FDA issued a second, more urgent communication on July 13, 2011 advising doctors and patients to consider alternatives to treat POP and SUI. In September of that year, an agency advisory panel decided not to recall transvaginal mesh/slings, but recommended tougher pre-market testing for those products and a reclassification of those devices to a Class III-- the highest risk category for medical devices.
NC Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed across the United States. Many of the lawsuits have been consolidated as separate but coordinated cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The Honorable Judge Joseph Goodwin is overseeing five multi-district litigations naming as defendants the following companies:
- C.R. Bard, Inc. (Multidistrict Litigation No. 2187);
- American Medical Systems, Inc. (Multidistrict Litigation No. 2325);
- Boston Scientific Corp. (Multidistrict Litigation No. 2326); and
- Ethicon, Inc. (Multidistrict Litigation No. 2327).
- Coloplast (Multidistrict Litigation No. 2387).
If these companies are found liable for breaching their legal duties to their patients, including adequately testing their products and warning consumers of the risks associated with their products, affected patients may be entitled to compensation for losses, including medical expenses, loss of wages, losses to quality of life, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious complication from a transvaginal mesh/sling device, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Ward Black Law. We can answer your questions and conduct a free case evaluation. You can reach us by phone: 336-333-2244 or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214 or by email.