In 2012, many women came forward to report various complications regarding transvaginal mesh implants and related devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and other conditions. Since then, over $1 billion has been awarded to patients who experienced these medical complications. The most common lawsuits manufacturers face are mesh erosion complications, and the FDA has even gone as far as to ban the material completely. But what causes mesh erosion complications, who’s at fault, and who’s eligible to file a claim?
What Causes Mesh Erosion Complications?
In short, the term “mesh erosion complications” refers to the breaking down or wearing away of the synthetic surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). When this happens, the mesh can become exposed and cause damage to the bladder or urethra, perforate the bowel or vagina, or cause the recurrence of vaginal or uterine prolapse.
Symptoms of mesh erosion complications may include:
- Chronic pain or pain during intercourse
- Recurring and unexplained infections
- Incontinence and other urinary problems
Many women who have received mesh implants have experienced these complications, and a significant number needed additional surgery and hospitalization to reverse the effects of the implants.
Which Manufacturers Are at Fault?
Johnson & Johnson has manufactured many devices to treat POP and SUI, including the Gynecare Prolift System. Unfortunately, several women who received these devices sustained injuries, and after Johnson & Johnson failed to warn customers of the device’s risks, the company was subjected to a product liability claim. Other manufacturers, such as C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific Products, and American Medical Systems, have also been indicated in mesh erosion lawsuits.
Can I File a Claim for Mesh Erosion Complications?
If you received a mesh implant to treat POP or SUI and have experienced chronic pain, diagnosed organ damage, pain during intercourse, unexplainable infections, revision surgery, or the recurrence of your POP or SUI, you may be eligible to make a mesh erosion claim.
We Are Your Mesh Erosion Lawyers
At Leav & Steinberg LLP, our team is dedicated to representing victims of medical malpractice, and we’ve helped clients achieve the best results for their cases for more than 17 years. If you or a loved one has experienced complications with transvaginal mesh devices, including the Prolift System, you may be eligible to file a claim. Contact us today to request a free consultation.