Lawsuits are continuing to be filed by women who sustained serious injuries from transvaginal mesh implants for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Injuries range from severe pelvic pain and infection to perforation of internal organs and migration of the implant itself. Transvaginal mesh implants are manufactured by several companies including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Unit, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against all of these manufacturers including Boston Scientific. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 2,800 reports of adverse events associated with transvaginal mesh implants since 2008. The FDA has issued multiple safety warnings to physicians and patients regarding the use of these medical devices and the risks of serious injury. A recent study reviewed by the FDA noted that serious complications linked to surgical mesh implants for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse are not rare.
Lawsuits against Boston Scientific and these other manufacturers have been consolidated, which allows attorneys the opportunity to share resources regarding these cases so that complete information can be gathered and presented to the judge. At this time, women who have suffered an injury and had a Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh implant are encouraged to seek legal counsel.
Women who have had a transvaginal mesh implant device and who are experiencing serious side effects may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and should speak to an experienced product liability attorney to understand their legal rights and options.