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Transvaginal mesh cases pile up as patients speak out

February 20th, 2013

More than 6,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated in a West Virginia court, with the first trials to come later this year. An article ran by the Associated Press has highlighted some of the complications associated with transvaginal mesh side effects.

According to the article, 10% of transvaginal mesh devices fail within the first year. Several top mesh manufacturers have stopped making the surgical mesh, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered additional safety tests and doctors have reduced use of transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

Women who experience transvaginal mesh failure have complained of debilitating side effects, including organ and tissue damage, severe pain and limited mobility. Bellwether trials against C.R. Bard alleging that the mesh was defective will begin in June.

 

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