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Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Filed in Massachusetts Federal Court

On February 28, 2012, in Massachusetts federal court, Oregon couple Diane and Jerome Bogedin filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific. Their suit alleges vaginal mesh side effects related to the defendant’s “Advantage” Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System, and contends that the device is dangerously defective. Like other plaintiffs filing vaginal mesh lawsuits, the plaintiffs’ four-count complaint contends that Boston Scientific knew of serious defects related to their vaginal mesh system, but failed to warn consumers or the medical community.

The Bogedins, through their transvaginal mesh lawyer, ask the court for punitive and compensatory damages.

SUI sufferer files vaginal mesh lawsuit

In her vaginal mesh lawsuit, Diane Bogedin explains that she suffered from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a common condition in women who have been pregnant, given birth, or are in menopause. SUI causes incontinence, or involuntary loss of urine, during everyday activities that place pressure on a woman’s bladder – like laughing, exercising, jumping and sneezing.

To correct her condition, Diane Bogedin underwent vaginal mesh surgery in January 2008, at which time she allegedly received Boston Scientific’s “Advantage” polypropylene transvaginal mesh device.

Plaintiff alleges transvaginal mesh complications

According to her transvaginal mesh lawyer, Diane Bogedin began experiencing vaginal mesh problems soon after her initial surgery. Among her vaginal mesh side effects, the plaintiff reports persistent vaginal discharge, discomfort, and dyspareunia, or pain during sexual intercourse.

In an effort to correct these problems, Bogedin was forced to undergo corrective surgery in 2009 and 2010; unfortunately, Bogedin reports that her vaginal mesh side effects worsened after surgery. In addition to debilitating pelvic and abdominal pain, Bogedin allegedly suffered from a reemergence of her SUI, as well as vaginal infections. According to the Bogedins’ vaginal mesh lawsuit, Diane Bogedin’s injuries are the direct result of the defendant’s product.

Injured plaintiffs seek vaginal mesh settlements

In the treatment of SUI and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), vaginal mesh surgery is only one possible solution. Traditionally, these conditions were corrected using the “Burch Procedure,” which uses sutures to attach a pelvis ligament to the urethra. However, in the 1990’s, pelvic mesh products began growing in popularity despite mounting safety concerns.

Finally, in 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Notification to inform consumers and medical professionals that these products were associated with a range of vaginal mesh side effects like pain, mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, and perforation of the bowel and bladder. In 2001, the FDA updated their original warning, and stated that thousands of adverse event reports had demonstrated that these problems were “not rare.” Many affected patients have already filed lawsuits requesting vaginal mesh settlements.

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