American Medical Systems, Inc. (“AMS”) is a Minnesota based manufacturer of transvaginal mesh medical devices, which are support systems that are designed to correct stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Transvaginal meshes have been under a cloud of safety concerns for several years due to an extreme rate of product failures. Many women that were implanted with transvaginal mesh have experienced problems such as infections, hardening of the mesh, shrinkage of the mesh, mesh erosion, pain, bleeding, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse, formation of adhesions, organ perforation and urinary problems that require additional treatment and hospitalization. Transvaginal mesh also causes psychological concerns such as intimacy and sexual problems.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against AMS and other manufacturers such as Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Coloplast Corp. and Ethicon over the transvaginal mesh devices, most of which are pending in the Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) proceedings pending before Judge Goodwin in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
This week, attorneys Cal Warriner and Kelly Hyman filed two additional individual lawsuits in the MDL against AMS relating to its transvaginal mesh products on behalf of two women who were implanted with an AMS transvaginal mesh product. Since the implantation, these women have suffered a number of complications mentioned above.