Michigan woman files transvaginal mesh lawsuit due to complications from surgical implant

by Heygood Orr and Pearson

A Michigan woman has filed a lawsuit against American Medical Systems, alleging that she suffered serious injuries caused by transvaginal mesh that was manufactured by the company. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh implant that is used to treat patients with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

The lawsuit alleges that the woman received a Caldera Desara Sling System and Xenform Mesh manufactured by AMS in order to treat both stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). She alleges that after undergoing surgery, she suffered organ perforation as a result of the dislocation of the mesh in her body. Although she underwent revision surgery in order to treat the damage caused by the transvaginal surgical mesh, the woman says that she still experiences pain and other problems caused by the device.

The lawsuit against American Medical Systems alleges that the company knew about problems with transvaginal mesh but failed to properly warn patients about the health risks they could face before undergoing surgery. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in July 2011 about the risk of complications associated with transvaginal mesh products (“urogynecologic surgical mesh implants”), stating that they were no more effective at treating SUI and POP than traditional surgical repair while simultaneously exposing patients to health risks not found with surgical techniques.

Thousands of women who suffered from POP or SUI have contacted a lawyer about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against AMS or other manufacturers of surgical mesh products. Women who underwent surgery to treat SUI or POP with transvaginal mesh and suffered from organ perforation, vaginal mesh erosion, pain, infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, or urinary problems may be eligible to file a lawsuit.