A sixth Multidistrict Litigation has been established involving another defective transvaginal mesh surgical device.
As a class of medical devices, transvaginal mesh appear to be a complete failure and the need to form a sixth MDL indicates just how many women have or are expected to file personal injury lawsuits claiming the defective devices have resulted in a seemingly interminable pattern of severe pain and inconsequential revision surgeries.
According to a report at DrugWatch.com, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has established the Coloplast MDL and transferred any future lawsuits involving it to be centralized in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Initially, the MDL was created with 24 lawsuits, with at least 13 of those containing the exact same complaints. Most of the lawsuits, according to the report, make similar claims to other lawsuits filed against various other transvaginal mesh devices: that since it was implanted to prevent or treat conditions known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence, the devices have only cause serious injuries and severe pain.
Women implanted with these devices have suffered failures of the devices, including them breaking into pieces once implanted. They’ve also eroded tissue and skin, resulting in severe pain and infections. Many women suffering from the defects of transvaginal mesh will become nearly debilitated and can not function in a normal day without some level of pain or discomfort.
Revision surgeries to remove the old defective devices are also risky and haven’t proven completely successful in removing the old, defective mesh.
Thousands of women have reported defects with their transvaginal mesh device, including Coloplast. There are already four other MDL cases filed in that same U.S. District Court.