Nearly 4,000 women have filed complaints of severe side effects associated with transvaginal mesh to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since the devices were released in 2005. More than 1,000 of the adverse events were reported between 2005 and 2007, and an additional 2,974 since 2008, after the FDA issued a transvaginal mesh warning.
The transvaginal mesh devices were originally approved to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The most common side effects of transvaginal mesh include erosion of the mesh through the vagina, tissue damage, bleeding and severe pain.
Hundreds of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against manufacturers alleging that they released defective products. Several companies have issued transvaginal mesh recalls, including C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson.