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Women in Scotland Continue to Receive Transvaginal Mesh

By | Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Transvaginal mesh surgeryIn Scotland, women on waiting lists and involved in a medical study continue to receive transvaginal mesh implants.

A Scottish news outlet, The Southern Reporter, investigated transvaginal mesh procedures at a hospital near Melrose, Scotland. Reporters discovered that Borders General Hospital (BGH) continued to perform transvaginal mesh surgeries for patients on waiting lists or in a medical study.

Negative outcomes of surgery

The Scottish news outlet reviewed the 2013 operations, and discovered a high percentage of negative outcomes.

In 2013, Borders General Hospital performed 113 operations. Of those…

  • 3% of patients had their vaginal mesh implant fail
  • 8% of patients had trouble urinating
  • 10% experienced mesh exposure
  • 5% suffered severe leg and/or groin pain
  • 2% contracted a urinary tract infection (UTI)

Borders General Hospital told The Southern Reporter that women who opt into mesh procedures now receive up-to-date information about known risks. And because the hospital limits procedures to certain patients and now supplies adequate warning, the hospital argued that it is in compliance.

Vaginal mesh procedures declining

Though the Scottish hospital continues to perform mesh procedures, they are decreasing over time.

The Southern Reporter found that in 2011, the hospital performed 151 operations. In 2014, the hospital performed only 16 operations.

A call to stop vaginal mesh surgery

In 2014, the former Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, requested that healthcare providers stop performing mesh procedures to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Scottish government publishes report

In October 2015, the Scottish government published an interim report on transvaginal mesh surgeries. The report stated that healthcare providers must receive the most current information on vaginal mesh complications, so that they are equipped to advise patients.

The interim report also noted that vaginal mesh complications can be so severe that they can permanently impact a woman’s life.

You aren’t alone in your suffering

We’re here to help you hold your mesh manufacturer accountable for distributing a defective and dangerous product.

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Boston Scientific Delays, Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Return to State Courts

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

boston_scientifi_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitIn late October 2015, a federal judge denied a request made by Boston Scientific, a manufacturer of vaginal mesh devices. The company sought to move 62 transvaginal mesh lawsuits, which were filed as a single multi-plaintiff suit, into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).

An MDL concerning transvaginal mesh injuries and Boston Scientific mesh products exists in a West Virginia federal court. The MDL is In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326, managed by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston.

The federal judge who denied Boston Scientific’s request stated that the company waited too long to move the lawsuits from state to federal court. In California, U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell said that Boston Scientific should’ve issued their request within a year of the lawsuit’s original file date.

Since they waited too long, a state court judge has since separated the individual mesh lawsuits, and sent them back to courts in their state of origin.

This is an unfortunate turn of events for these plaintiffs. Consolidation into the MDL would bring them all one step closer to putting this difficult chapter in their lives behind them.

You don’t have to suffer alone.

We are here to help you. If you or a loved one suffered from a transvaginal mesh injury, we encourage you to explore your legal options.

Carey Danis & Lowe offers free case evaluations, during which we can discuss your compensation eligibility, and whether filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit is right for you.

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Scotland’s Health Minister Apologizes to Transvaginal Mesh Victims

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsShona Robison, Scotland’s Health Minister, formally apologized to women who suffered complications following transvaginal mesh implant surgeries.

Ms. Robison recognized that the medical establishment hadn’t listened to the women who experienced pain and suffering from the implant. The mesh was used to treat incontinence or organ prolapse. She agreed with victims that it shouldn’t have taken an act of Scottish Parliament to expose the issue.

Last summer Health Secretary Alex Neil requested a suspension of the controversial procedure, due to the concerns of women who had suffered from the mesh implant. Many victims were upset that over 75 women have received the operation since the suspension was requested. Fortunately, the numbers of implant surgeries in Scotland have decreased dramatically.

Two members of Scottish Mesh Survivors, Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy are asking for an inquiry or independent study to understand the depth of the problem.

An Independent Review of Transvaginal Mesh Implants completed an Interim Report, which called for better training to make sure that medical practitioners were aware of the potential issues after mesh procedures. Another finding was that because women were not believed about their complications, they experienced more distress and had to wait longer for help.

Carey Danis & Lowe fights for victim rights.

If you or someone you love has suffered pain or complications from mesh implants, please call us at 800.721.2519. Carey Danis & Lowe attorneys have the experience and knowledge to provide successful legal representation in medical liability cases.

Our team of professional doctors and nurses will answer your health questions. For a free legal consultation, complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

UK Women Call for Transvaginal Tape Surgery Ban

By | Product Liability, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_mdl_2013_settlements_side_effects_court_filing_lawsuitsHundreds of women in the United Kingdom are demanding that Transvaginal Tape (TVT) operations be suspended.

These women have been devastated by a variety of disorders from chronic pain to the inability to walk, resulting from the procedure to stop stress incontinence. They weren’t made aware of the potential life changing risks from the surgery.

Kath Sansom had the operation, involving the implant of an artificial mesh tape to support the bladder. Now the mother-of-two wishes she had never attempted to fix the minor problem.

Ms. Ransom was a self-described fitness junkie, participating in boxing, swimming and high diving before the surgery. Now she’s lucky if she can walk for 15 minutes before she gets dizzy and develops intense pain.

She launched the Sling the Mesh campaign, calling for TVT surgery to be suspended and for the government to create stricter policies for approving medical devices. She got the campaign idea from a neighboring country: Scotland placed a ban on the surgery in 2014.

In England approximately 13,000 women have TVT surgery every year. Officially, in 2010, 603 TVT surgeries were reversed. However only 15 adverse incident reports were made to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Many women don’t know where to report their grievances. Kath Sansom intends to change that by calling attention to the problem with her campaign.

Carey Danis & Lowe Attorneys Can Help

The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are experts on transvaginal tape cases and are providing free legal evaluations. If you or someone you know has been harmed by transvaginal mesh products, please tell us about your case.

If you have questions about transvaginal mesh and the accompanying health complications, ask questions of our on-staff medical experts. Our team is here to support you with professional legal and medical advice.

Scottish Health Secretary Prohibits Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

gavel_multidistrict_litigation_settlements_trial_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitsCarey Danis & Lowe recently reported on the advocacy group, Scottish Mesh Survivors, and their presentation before the Scottish Petitions Committee regarding transvaginal mesh injuries. It appears that the women who presented on behalf of Scottish Mesh Survivors have been heard by the Scottish government.

Health Secretary Alex Neil has ordered to prohibit transvaginal mesh surgical operations in Scotland until more evidence exists to better determine the safety of these products. Secretary Neil mentioned that an independent study would gather safety evidence.

Secretary Neil sympathized with victims of transvaginal mesh in referring to their injuries and suffering as a “hell”.

Carey Danis & Lowe Advocates for Victims

A national law firm that represents individuals and families who have been harmed by defective medical devices, Carey Danis & Lowe is an advocate of victims of transvaginal mesh. Our experienced team of lawyers know of and understand the suffering sustained by women who have received transvaginal mesh implants, and our lawyers are dedicated to providing our expert legal assistance when needed.

If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, Carey Danis & Lowe is here to help. Share your transvaginal mesh story with one of our defective medical device lawyers today.

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