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Compensation for Women Injured by Transvaginal Mesh

If you have been injured by implanted transvaginal mesh (TVM), you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Thornton Law Firm lawyers are participating in ongoing TVM litigation – call or tell us your story here today for a free consultation with a Thornton Law Firm attorney.

Thornton Law Firm’s transvaginal mesh lawyers represent women in TVM claims against Boston Scientific Corp., as well as Caldera, C.R. Bard, Inc., Ethicon (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Coloplast Corporation, and Sofradim/Covidien. If you have a transvaginal mesh implant and have suffered complications including pain, mesh erosion, mesh contraction, additional surgeries, urinary problems, severe pelvic pain, infection, bleeding, vaginal tightening or shortening, painful sexual intercourse, inability to engage in sexual intercourse, or organ perforation, and would like a free, confidential evaluation of your legal claim, please tell us your story here or call us at our toll free number 1-888-341-1405.

Manufacturers

  • Boston Scientific (recalled)
  • Caldera
  • C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Ethicon (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Mentor (recalled)
  • Sofradim/Covidien

Multi-District Litigations (MDLs) for TVM

  • Bard
  • Boston Scientific (recalled)
  • Ethicon/ J&J (recalled)
  • Coloplast
  • Cook Medical
  • Neomedic

Mesh products

Boston Scientific®

  • Advantage™ Sling System
  • Arise®
  • Lynx®
  • Obtryx® Curved Single
  • Obtryx® Mesh Sling
  • Pinnacle®
  • Prefyx Med U™ Mesh Sling System
  • Prefyx PPSTM System
  • Solyx®

Caldera

  • Desara® Sling System
  • Vertessa®

Coloplast/Mentor

  • Altis®
  • Aris®
  • Axis-Tutoplast
  • Exair®
  • Minitape®
  • NovSsilk®
  • Omnisure®
  • Supris®
  • Restorelle® Smartmesh®
  • Suspend®
  • T-Sling®
  • Tutoplast®

Cook Medical

  • Surgisis Biodesign

C.R. Bard®

  • Avaulta PlusÔ BioSynthetic Support
  • Avaulta SoloÔ Synthetic Support
  • Faslata® Allograft
  • Pelvicol® Tissue
  • PelviSoft® Biomesh
  • Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh

Johnson & Johnson®

  • Ethicon® TVT
  • Gynecare® TVT
  • Gynecare® Prosima
  • Gynecare® Prolift
  • Gynemesh® PS

 Neomedic

  • KIM® System
  • Needleless® System
  • Surelift
  • TRT Remeex System

 Recall Status

  • None recalled by FDA

Manufacturer Recalls/Withdrawn

  • 1999: ProtoGen recalled by Boston Scientific
  • 2006: Mentor withdraws ObTape from market
  • 2011: Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit recalled by Boston Scientific
  • 2012: Prolift; Prolift + M, TVT Secur; and Prosima  meshes taken off the market by Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson
  • 2012: C.R. Bard ceases production of Avaulta mesh

Serious side effects

  • Death
  • Organ perforation
  • Mesh erosion
  • Mesh  contraction
  • Multiple additional surgeries
  • Urinary problems
  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Vaginal tightening or shortening
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Inability to engage in sexual intercourse

Approved uses

  • Treatment of POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse)
  • Treatment of SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence)

FDA Recommendations to patients:

Recommendations for Patients:

Before Surgery

Be aware of the risks associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP. Know that having a mesh surgery may put you at risk for needing additional surgery due to mesh-related complications. In a small number of patients, repeat surgery may not resolve complications.

Ask your surgeon about all POP treatment options, including surgical repair with or without mesh and non-surgical options, and understand why your surgeon may be recommending treatment of POP with mesh.

In addition, ask your surgeon these questions before you agree to have surgery in which surgical mesh will be used:

  • Are you planning to use mesh in my surgery?
  • Why do you think I am a good candidate for surgical mesh?
  • Why is surgical mesh being chosen for my repair?
  • What are the alternatives to transvaginal surgical mesh repair for POP, including non-surgical options?
  • What are the pros and cons of using surgical mesh in my particular case? How likely is it that my repair could be successfully performed without using surgical mesh?
  • Will my partner be able to feel the surgical mesh during sexual intercourse? What if the surgical mesh erodes through my vaginal wall?
  • If surgical mesh is to be used, how often have you implanted this particular product? What results have your other patients had with this product?
  • What can I expect to feel after surgery and for how long?
  • Which specific side effects should I report to you after the surgery?
  • What if the mesh surgery doesn’t correct my problem?
  • If I develop a complication, will you treat it or will I be referred to a specialist experienced with surgical mesh complications?
  • If I have a complication related to the surgical mesh, how likely is it that the surgical mesh could be removed and what could be the consequences?
  • If a surgical mesh is to be used, is there patient information that comes with the product, and can I have a copy?

After Surgery

  • Continue with your annual and other routine check-ups and follow-up care. There is no need to take additional action if you are satisfied with your surgery and are not having complications or symptoms.
  • Notify your health care provider if you have complications or symptoms, including persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain or pain with sex, that last after your follow-up appointment.
  • Let your health care provider know you have surgical mesh, especially if you plan to have another surgery or other medical procedures.
  • Talk to your health care provider about any questions you may have.

If you had POP surgery, but do not know whether your surgeon used mesh, ask your health care provider at your next scheduled visit.

If you have a transvaginal mesh implant and have suffered complications including pain, mesh erosion, mesh contraction, additional surgeries, urinary problems, severe pelvic pain, infection, bleeding, vaginal tightening or shortening, painful sexual intercourse, inability to engage in sexual intercourse, or organ perforation, and would like a free, confidential evaluation of your legal claim, please tell us your story here or call us at our toll free number  1-888-341-1405.

 

From FDA Safety Communication dated July 13, 2011

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