Transvaginal mesh complications have affected many people. According to the JereBeasley Report, there have been more than 30,000 lawsuits associated with transvaginal mesh filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia as part of a continuing Multidistrict Litigations (MDL).
There is an MDL for each of the six transvaginal mesh manufacturers:
- C. R. Bard, Inc.
- American Medical Systems, Inc.
- Boston Scientific Corp.
- Ethicon, Inc.
- Coloplast Corp.
- Cook Medical Inc.
There are also several thousand cases pending in consolidated state court against the manufacturers listed above, as well as others around the country.
Trans-Obturator Tape Injuries
The discovery process of these transvaginal mesh lawsuits has revealed that there are an increasing number of complications and injuries that are linked to the trans-obturator tape (TOT) mesh slings compared to the retropubically placed slings. The transobturator approach to mesh slings was developed in order to minimize the bladder and bowel injuries that occur.
During the transobturator approach, the mesh masses through the obturator foramen on the sides of the groin, then is puled to two stab incisions made on each side of the groin. While this process is supposed to minimize injuries during the implementation process, it has instead increased the risk for vascular and nerve injury. The risk for injury is due to the mesh and the tools that are used to implant it through the nerve-rich obturator foramen.
The risk for injury is not only during the time when the mesh is being placed, but also after the placement. There are risks for nerve injuries and irritation following the placement of TOT slings.
The outcome of transvaginal mesh injuries can include the following:
- organ perforation
- urinary incontinence
- fecal incontinence
- pelvic and vaginal pain
- discomfort during intercourse
- corrective surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence repair
Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers
If you have suffered any of the above injuries due to transvaginal mesh, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer. You deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering that you have experienced and the injuries that were sustained. Call our office at 800.637.8170 and we will lay out the steps that you should take toward filing a transvaginal mesh claim.