Overview: The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon woman who alleges that she sustained a number of injuries due to her transvaginal mesh. Parker Waichman filed the suit on January 18th in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division. American Medical Systems, Inc., American Medical Systems Holdings, Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Endo Health Solutions Inc have been named as Defendants. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the Defendants failed to warn about its risks.
- Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Elevate transvaginal mesh caused injuries in an Oregon woman
- The suit was filed on January 18th in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division
- The mesh is allegedly defective and can react with the tissues of the body, leading to erosion, organ damage and other complications
Product: Elevate transvaginal mesh
Manufacturer: American Medical Systems, Endo Pharmaceuticals
Side Effects & Complications
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Perforation or puncture of the bladder, bowels, intestines, and blood vessels near the vaginal wall
- Recurring Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
- Vaginal bleeding
- Urinary problems
- Chronic vaginal drainage, discharge, or infection
- Vaginal scarring and shortening
Lawsuit Alleges Failure to Warn, Serious Injuries
According to a press release by Parker Waichman, the Plaintiff was implanted with the Elevate transvaginal mesh in January 2011. She alleges that the device led to a substantial physical injuries as well as emotional distress. These damages also allegedly caused economic loss due to medical expenses. The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants knew about the risks of using transvaginal mesh but did not warn the Plaintiff. For instance, the lawsuit alleges, the mesh is defective because the material used is not inert, and can therefore react with the tissues of the body; this can cause severe complications, including organ damage, urinary problems and mesh erosion, where the device moves through the body’s tissues.
Transvaginal Mesh Background
There are a number of lawsuits alleging injuries due to transvaginal mesh. There are currently five multidistrict litigations (MDLs) consolidated in federal court before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that complications from transvaginal mesh are “not rare”. The agency has also noted that there is little evidence showing that transvaginal mesh offers benefits over non-mesh methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse.