Marketed as pelvic floor repair kits, surgical mesh devices manufactured and marketed by Covidien have been used in thousands of procedures. Designed to treat patients with pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, Covidien is one of many transvaginal mesh manufacturers that has been facing growing scrutiny from medical professionals and patients alike. Over the years, Covidien has manufactured, marketed, and sold a number of devices under the names:
- IVS Tunneler Intra-Vaginal Sling
- IVS Tunneler Placement Device
- Parietene Polypropylene Mesh
- Surgipro Polyproylene Surgical Mesh
According to Covidien, vaginal slings offer a way to restore normal pelvic anatomy without the risks associated with an open abdominal surgery. But while it may be minimally invasive, the medical device may be significantly more dangerous than non-mesh treatment.
Growing Popularity of Transvaginal Mesh Implants
About 40 percent of women in the United States experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and some of those women require surgical treatment. Before transvaginal mesh slings were developed, most women underwent colporrhaphy, a surgical procedure used to reinforce the weakening muscles or connective tissue that led to the prolapse. Unfortunately, many patients who received a colporrhaphy required a second or even third revision surgery. Transvaginal mesh implants, advertised as more effective alternatives to the non-mesh surgery was quickly becoming a popular, with 75,000 women receiving mesh implants in 2011 alone.
FDA Adverse Effects Alert
Despite the large number of transvaginal mesh patients in 2011, within the same year, the FDA released an alert notifying patients and surgeons of the dangerous risks associated with the devices that were not uncommon. FDA reports and independent studies found that transvaginal mesh implants were no more effective than the traditional, non-mesh surgery, while introducing risks unique to the mesh. Thousands of women have implanted the Apogee sling, only to suffer serious injuries caused by mesh erosion, contraction, or infection.
Lawsuits Against Covidien
Since the FDA alert and growing awareness regarding the injuries related to their transvaginal mesh devices, dozens of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against Covidien and hundreds more suits are expected to follow. The lawsuits allege the implants were defectively designed, such allegations hold medical device manufacturers accountable for failing to test their products before profiting off of their sales. Patients filing lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers may be entitled to receive compensation for a wide range of damages including:
- Additional revision surgeries
- Future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of ability to have sexual relations
- Spousal loss of consortium
Legal Help for Covidien Vaginal Sling Victims
Whether you or a loved one suffered severe injuries related to the Covidien transvaginal mesh implants, filing a lawsuit can help you recover your rightful compensation. Because product liability law differs from state to state, do not hesitate to contact a professional product liability lawyer for a free case evaluation. A prompt case review of your potential case can ensure your rights will not be compromised and that Covidien is held responsible for the maximum compensation possible.