Three Canadian women have started a transvaginal mesh support website transvaginalmesh.ca to help other women who may be suffering with complications from transvaginal mesh devices. The three women have personally undergone surgery for complications related to their transvaginal mesh devices.
The three women found each other on the internet after looking for more information on the transvaginal mesh implant, which was intended to prevent pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The women are seeking to have Canada recognize the device as dangerous and pay to have it removed, a procedure that can cost more than $30,000.
Mesh manufacturers are facing thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging that the devices are defective and cause severe side effects. In February 2013, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $11 million after a woman suffered from years of unsuccessful mesh repair surgeries.