Last week, a Miami federal court ordered Boston Scientific Corp to pay four women a total of more than $26 million, a judgment for selling faulty transvaginal surgical mesh. Boston Scientific is one of six medical device companies facing lawsuits over this defective product.
Surgical mesh is a common medical product used to repair conditions in which body organs need extra support. In women, surgical mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), conditions that occur when the muscles and ligaments supporting internal organs weaken. Treatment can include surgery to shore up the organs, with surgical mesh being used to keep the organs from “sagging” inside the body cavity.
The most frequent complications include:
- erosion through vaginal epithelium (inner wall of the vagina);
- mesh contraction, leading to vaginal shortening and pain;
- urinary problems;
- recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence.
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Unfortunately, doctors and the FDA have known about the problems with surgical mesh for at least 6 years, without warning women about the serious risks of the surgery. More than 6500 lawsuits have been filed against Boston Scientific alone.
HensonFuerst Attorneys has a number of these mesh cases, and we are still actively accepting new cases. If you or someone you care about has significant injuries from transvaginal mesh (TVM) used to correct pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, our law firm may be able to help. Contact us today to learn how. We are available 24/7 at 1-800-4-LAWMED, or contact us via our website at www.lawmed.com.