The first federal transvaginal mesh lawsuit is underway in West Virginia. The case is one of four “bellwether” trials, which means it will likely be used to determine the outcomes of nearly 18,000 other transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against mesh manufacturers.
The bellwether transvaginal mesh lawsuit alleges that manufacturer C.R. Bard released a device that caused serious injuries to patients, including tissue damage, severe pain and limited mobility. Tens of thousands of women required revision surgery after their transvaginal mesh implant led to complications.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved transvaginal mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in 2002 after manufacturers claimed it was similar to hernia mesh. Many transvaginal mesh devices proven to be dangerous, with some women complaining that the mesh caused organs to protrude through the vagina, along with other severe side effects.