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Thursday, October 3, 2013


More than 30,000 Women Have Filed Vaginal Mesh Defective Product Lawsuits


A medical product that was supposed to make women’s lives better has reduced the quality of life for many. Vaginal mesh and slings  have had a very negative impact on the lives of many women and now lawyers for Boston Scientific Corp. and two other companies making vaginal inserts to support women’s pelvic muscles have begun talks to deal with the defective product lawsuits that more than 30,000 women have filed so far.

As many as thirty to fifty percent of women may experience Pelvic organ prolapse in their lives and it occurs when a pelvic organ-such as your bladder-drops (prolapses) from its normal spot in your lower belly and pushes against the walls of your vagina. This can happen when the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched from childbirth or surgery. The medical device chosen to fix this problem in many women was vaginal mesh or a vaginal sling. Vaginal mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue.

The problem with this medical device is that it can begin to erode and damage other organs. In some cases the mesh breaks through the incision or intact vaginal lining. This results in symptoms such as bleeding, vaginal discharge, odor, and often scratching of the male partner with intercourse.

The FDA issued the warning that serious complications associated with the surgical meshfor transvaginal repair of POP were not rare. This was a change from what the FDA previously reported on Oct. 20, 2008. Furthermore, it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to greater risk.

However despite the warnings from the FDA manufacturers kept producing and distributing the product. Now the lives of many women have taken a turn for the worse. This can be a difficult issue for some women to speak with a lawyer about. However not speaking up can mean forgoing any compensation to help repair or move on from the injury.

Foulston Law Office assists clients in the State of Kansas with personal injury claims, and clients nationwide with medical device and prescription drug claims.

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