Plaintiff’s Vaginal Mesh Lawyer Cites Permanent Injuries After Use of Device

Whitney Taylor | May 9th, 2012

A California woman and her husband have filed a vaginal mesh lawsuit against Boston Scientific, claiming a mesh device manufactured by the defendant resulted in serious and permanent transvaginal mesh complications. The lawsuit was filed May 1, 2012 in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

Plaintiff unaware of risk of transvaginal mesh complications

In this lawsuit, the vaginal mesh lawyer asserts that the plaintiff was unaware of the risks associated with vaginal mesh devices when she underwent surgery in 2008 to treat chronic pelvic pain and stress urinary incontinence. The device used in the surgery was Boston Scientific’s Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System. The plaintiff claims in her vaginal mesh side effects lawsuit that her surgery was completed without incident, and she was released from the hospital a few days later.

Unfortunately, according to her vaginal mesh lawyer, the plaintiff began experiencing vaginal mesh complications soon after returning home. The complaint lists pain, dyspareunia (painful intercourse), incontinence, urinary problems and infections, as the issues encountered after surgery. In 2010, Roach underwent a revision surgery in an effort to correct the problems, but the symptoms continued after the second procedure was completed as well.

Lawsuit cites common vaginal mesh side effects

The problems this plaintiff cites in her vaginal mesh lawsuit are not uncommon. Since 1996, when the first mesh device was approved by the FDA for treatment of stress urinary incontinence, reports of transvaginal mesh complications have been cited. Some of these complications include pelvic and abdominal pain, infection around the area of the mesh, painful intercourse, and chronic urinary tract infections.

Problems may be linked to mesh erosion, which occurs when the mesh material works its way through the vagina into other tissue and organs. Mesh extrusion, where the mesh protrudes outside of the vagina, has also been a complaint by some women. These transvaginal mesh complications can lead to painful symptoms that are difficult to treat, and some women have to deal with the effects of failed mesh surgery for a lifetime.

FDA warns of vaginal mesh complications

In July, 2011, the FDA issued a warning regarding vaginal mesh devices, stating that transvaginal mesh complications were not rare, as originally thought. The FDA also points out in this warning that other methods for treating stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse may be safer than mesh devices.

As a result of her injuries, the plaintiff, through her vaginal mesh lawyer, seeks compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $75,000. The plaintiff is asking for both past and future damages, to compensate her for lost wages, medical expenses and permanent personal injuries. The plaintiff’s spouse is also seeking compensation for loss of consortium.