The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of a New York woman who suffered adverse effects and bodily harm allegedly caused by the IntePro Large Pore Polypropelene Y-Sling transvaginal mesh. The lawsuit names American Medical Systems, Inc., as a defendant, and joins other lawsuits consolidated to the West Virginia Court in multidistrict litigation.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was implanted with the IntePro transvaginal mesh in September 2008, to correct stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. As a result of the IntePro mesh, the plaintiff has suffered numerous injuries including significant physical and mental pain and suffering, permanent and substantial physical deformity, permanent injury, and loss of her bodily organ system, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit says that even though the transvaginal mesh was approved, marketed, and sold as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, the risks of vaginal erosion, infection, perforation, and chronic pain and abscess outweigh whatever benefit the mesh may have.
The FDA has issued a warning that problems associated with transvaginal mesh include pain during sexual intercourse, urinary problems, erosion, and organ perforation, as well as emotional problems, vaginal shrinkage and scarring, and neuro-muscular problems. The FDA has requested mesh manufacturers to conduct post market safety studies of the mesh.