Trans Vaginal Mesh Leads

More than 108,000 lawsuits have alleged that transvaginal mesh causes complications including pain, bleeding, infection, organ perforation and autoimmune problems. One of the largest transvaginal mesh settlements to date was $830 million for 20,000 cases. As of November 2022, the MDL has been closed. Surgeons have used mesh since the 1950s to assist in repairing hernias. Since the 1970s, surgeons started to consider mesh had a use for reversal of prolapse (a slipping forwards/down) of organs in the pelvis (the uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder). However, there have been growing concerns with the use of mesh, particularly in the last decade, with the growth of litigation in the United States and the growth of social media, spreading the word across borders.

The UK is certainly lagging behind other countries currently. The differences between use of abdominal mesh in hernia repair and use as vaginal mesh are more thoroughly explained . Essentially, hernia mesh is not subject to the same stresses as vaginal mesh, particularly during intercourse and does not sit in such delicate body tissues, often postmenopausal tissues. Vaginal mesh lies in a non-sterile environment and so is more subject to infection risks. Women’s responses to mesh are thought to vary depending upon the strength of their own immune system and how the mesh was inserted. There is also debate about abdominal mesh but this page focuses solely on transvaginal and pelvic mesh. Women have been reporting a multitude of problems including (but not limited to) nerve damage, vaginal scarring, perforation of organs, bleeding, severe pelvic pain, other life-changing injuries eg. inability to walk, inability to work, pain during intercourse etc.

United States-compensation for mesh problems In the U.S, there have already been successful lawsuits against manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson, Avaulta and Align, with actions pending against others. In 2013, a very large award was given to Linda Gross. Linda, a nurse from South Dakota, was awarded around £2million in compensation from Ethicon (a subsidiary of medical giant Johnson & Johnson) for her suffering and also another £5million in punitive damages after a jury decided the company had misled her and her surgeon about the risks of the operation. By 2016, there were over 90,000 actions registered in the U.S. against various manufacturers and Johnson & Johnson offered a settlement of $120 million dollars (USD) to approximately 2,000 to 3,000 litigants across the United States.