Victims of the dangerous medical device transvaginal mesh will finally have their day in court: More than 350 lawsuits against transvaginal-mesh manufacturers were recently set to be heard together in New Jersey next year.
That’s just a sampling of the scores of women who have been harmed by the device and are seeking to bring its manufacturers to account. Transvaginal mesh is a surgical implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which a woman’s uterus, bladder or rectum slips out of place. The FDA approved the implant through its controversial “fast-track” process in 2002 and by 2008 had already received more than a thousand reports of complications. Some women developed infections; others experienced prolapse recurrences and required revision surgery. Meanwhile, people implanted with similar surgical mesh for hernias were also getting infections, having hernia recurrences and needing revision surgery.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society last month issued a joint recommendation that, “due to concerns about the safety and efficacy of [transvaginal mesh],” the device should not be used except in high-risk situations. And while an FDA recall has not been issued yet, the agency has officially acknowledged that transvaginal mesh is ineffective and risky.
Did you develop complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant? Contact Hodes Milman for a free case evaluation. We’re aggressive personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers based in Orange County, serving all of California. We have the experience to take on the medical industry and have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts for our clients.