A new vaginal mesh lawsuit joined the Multi District Litigation Court of Virginia on December 7, 2012, when a plaintiff from Oklahoma filed an injury lawsuit against C.R. Bard and American Medical Systems (AMS) for allegedly being negligent in manufacturing the device Sparc sling that was defective and caused many injuries to the plaintiff.

The lawsuit was initially filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston) however it was transferred to the MDL of the District to consolidate the case with other vaginal mesh lawsuits.

With the lawsuit the plaintiff has lodged multiple counts against defendants including breach of implied warranties, fraudulent, negligence, and strict product liability. In the lawsuit it was also claimed that design and product defects could be the two important reasons that led the plaintiff suffer a lot of physical and mental distress and that she is entitled to be compensated adequately.

There are plenty of products that are being used widely in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) which are manufactured by the defendant AMS. This includes the Sparc sling that was implanted in the Oklahoma plaintiff on June 15, 2009.

What are Vaginal Mesh Implants?

Vaginal mesh implants are medical devices that are widely used to treat hernia and Pelvic Organ Prolapse. The medical device was approved by the federal agency United States Food and Drug Administration in 1970 and since then it has received wide acceptance in the medical device sector. However, like other medical devices this too has been criticized for its high failure rate and defective designing.

Some of the side effects of vaginal mesh implants that are common these days are:

  • Organ Perforation
  • Inflammation
  • Infections
  • Vaginal Mesh Erosion
  • Scarring
  • Urinary Problems
  • Fistula

Some facts about vaginal mesh implant surgery?

  • During vaginal mesh implant surgery women are usually operated with regional (spinal) anaesthetic or general anaesthetic.
  • An incision is made inside the vagina and the tissue supporting the vagina is generally strengthened with stitches
  • The vaginal mesh is then placed underneath the vaginal skin.
  • The tissues of women’s body usually grow into the mesh within 3-4 weeks. The mesh provides reinforcement to the weakened vaginal tissue.