Transvaginal mesh can lead to serious, lifelong damage

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that typically affects women as they age — particularly women who have given birth, gone through menopause or had a hysterectomy. Prolapse occurs when certain organs drop within the body and press against the vaginal walls.

The bladder is the most common organ to be affected by prolapse; however, other organs — such as the uterus and small bowel — may also be affected. Beginning in the 1990s, drug companies began offering transvaginal mesh as a tool to correct pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh was implanted surgically and used to support the organs that were dropping.

Transvaginal mesh has since been determined to cause life-altering harm in many women. In some cases, surgical implantation has led to mesh erosion, in which the mesh scratches and cuts organs and the vaginal lining. Transvaginal mesh has also been found to lead to scarring, neuromuscular issues and the return of organ prolapse. In other words, in some cases, the mesh fails to even resolve the problem for which it was implanted.

In 2008 and 2011, the FDA issued statements indicating that complications following transvaginal mesh implantation could be severe. From 2008 to 2010, there were over 2,870 reports to the FDA of complications arising from transvaginal mesh surgical implantation.

These terrible injuries have led many women to file lawsuits against the manufacturers of the product.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Returns Large Jury Verdict

Recently, a jury awarded a woman harmed by transvaginal mesh $11 million in total. The woman filed suit against Johnson & Johnson after she suffered severe symptoms following transvaginal mesh implantation.

The woman originally had surgery in 2006 to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Following the surgery, she suffered from many symptoms, including:

• Mesh erosion

• Inflammation

• Scarring

She required an additional 18 surgeries thereafter to attempt to repair the harm caused by the transvaginal mesh.

The jury awarded her $3.35 million in compensatory damages, after it determined that Johnson & Johnson misrepresented the product and failed to provide sufficient warning to the woman's physician regarding the hazards of transvaginal mesh. Shortly thereafter, the jury awarded $7.8 million in punitive damages.

As every lawsuit is unique, the potential amount of damages awarded in each transvaginal mesh case will vary. If you or a loved one has been injured due to transvaginal mesh implantation, seeking the advice of a skilled personal injury attorney will ensure your rights are protected.