Beasley Allen attorney Leigh O’Dell visits the Beasley Allen Report this week to talk about a serious situation facing women who have received a transvaginal mesh implant. Also known as a bladder sling, this surgical mesh is used to treat problems such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The device is inserted through the vagina and is designed to hold up organs that have “dropped” due to age, obesity, childbirth or other problems. Unfortunately, there are a number of transvaginal mesh complications that may be very serious or even life threatening. In fact, in 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that transvaginal mesh complications are not uncommon, with reports of the mesh eroding inside the body, imbedding in other organs, and resulting in pain, infection, incontinence and hemorrhaging. Many women have had to undergo repeated surgeries to try to remove the mesh, and many say they have been left with lifelong consequences. Leigh tells Beasley Allen Report guest host Kendall Dunson that several manufacturers are now facing transvaginal mesh lawsuits related to these reported injuries. Leigh is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Transvaginal Mesh Multidistrict Litigation, which consolidates cases so that lawyers can work together for faster client resolution. Leigh notes that women who feel they may have a claim against a transvaginal mesh implant manufacturer must act soon to file a complaint, as time is running out to join the litigation. Leigh works in Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts section, which handles cases involving defective medical devices and dangerous drugs.
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