August 1, 2012 – According to a plaintiff’s attorney in what appears to be the latest in a string of transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits filed around the country over the past several months, Boston Scientific Corporation knew – or should have known – about the health risks associated with its products. The plaintiff, from Tennessee, was reportedly implanted with a Boston Scientific Obtryx Tansobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System, and subsequently suffered debilitating personal injuries. The plaintiff seeks to hold the company liable for her injuries, and for failing to warn of the risks associated with transvaginal mesh.
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What’s the problem?
The new transvaginal mesh lawsuit, which was filed July 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, claims that the plaintiff was diagnosed with pelvic pain and stress urinary incontinence in 2009. To treat these conditions, she was implanted with a Obtryx Tansobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System. Unfortunately, shortly after being discharged from the hospital, the plaintiff suffered numerous complications including pain, vaginal bleeding, and dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse).
As women age, their pelvic muscles can become stretched or weakened due to childbirth, surgery, or menopausal changes. These muscles may then no longer be strong enough to fully support pelvic organs like the uterus, bowel and bladder. Symptoms of weakened pelvic muscles may include pressure, incontinence, particularly when coughing, sneezing or laughing. The Obtryx Tansobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System, which includes ‘Advantage Mesh’ designed to reduce irritation to the wall of the urethra, was intended to help correct the plaintiff’s pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
In October 2008, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health alert entitled “Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh in Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence.” In the alert, the FDA noted over 1,000 adverse event reports (AERS) from nine manufacturers of TVM products. Serious side effects associated with vaginal mesh were reported to include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal wall, infection, pain, and persistent urinary problems. The new lawsuit claims that neither Boston Scientific nor its TVM products were mentioned in the FDA’s health alert, despite the fact that a “review of the relevant FDA database reveals that the FDA received multiple ‘adverse event reports’ relating to this product.”
Three years after the FDA’s initial health alert on transvaginal mesh, the administration issued another press release stating that complications associated with the devices were ‘not rare.’ Between 2008 and 2010, the FDA received nearly 3,000 additional AERS of serious transvaginal mesh side effects. The plaintiff is suing Boston Scientific for breach of warranties, negligence, and failure to warn. The plaintiff’s husband also claims loss of consortium.
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Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a transvaginal mesh injury suit and we can help.