The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been investigating claims for women who experienced problems from vaginal mesh or bladder sling systems for several years. While these claims were previously limited to a few different products, we are now reviewing potential vaginal mesh lawsuits for women who have received any type of bladder sling or mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse.


This week, the FDA finally issued a statement warning doctors and consumers about the large number of women who have experienced serious and painful complications from the surgical mesh, indicating that other options to repair pelvic organ prolapse may expose women to less risk than transvaginal surgery.

In October 2008, our vaginal sling lawyers first began investigating cases involving problems with the Mentor ObTape mesh, which caused thousands of women to experience infection, vaginal extrusions and urinary tract erosions.

In July 2010, the scope of the litigation we were pursuing was expanded to include Bard Avaulta lawsuits, after that bladder sling product was linked to a number of problems that could result in severe and persistent pain, infection and the need for additional vaginal surgery to remove the mesh.

Potential claims are now being evaluated by our lawyers for women who have experienced problems after receiving any type of bladder sling or mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Some of the pelvic support systems that doctors may have used could include:

  • Bard Avaulta
  • American Medical Systems (AMS) Elevate, Apogee, Perigee, Monarc or Sparc Sling
  • Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh, Polene , Prolift Mesh or TVT Sling
  • Boston Scientific Pinnacle or Uphold System
  • UGYTEX Dual Knit Mesh
  • Coviden IVS Tunneler Sling

This week, the FDA released a statement indicating that surgical placement of vaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse exposes women to an unnecessary risk of complications and problems. The agency recommended that doctors consider treating pelvic organ prolapse without vaginal mesh, since it involves a permanent implant that can make any future surgical repairs more challenging and can put the patient at risk for additional complications and surgeries.


The number of reported problems with vaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse has continued to increase in recent years. The FDA has received more than 1,500 reports of adverse events associated with pelvic organ prolapse vaginal mesh between 2008 and 2010. This likely represents only small portion of the total number of complications experienced, as it is commonly acknowledged that between 90% and 99% of all adverse events are never reported to the FDA.

Some of the more frequently reported vaginal sling complications reported include:

  • Bladder sling mesh becoming exposed or protruding out of the vagina
  • Pain, Infection and Bleeding
  • Organ perforation
  • Urinary Problems
  • Infection
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

The vaginal bladder sling lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for women who suspect that they may have a case. All consultations are confidential and there are no fees unless a recovery is obtained for injuries caused by the vaginal mesh.

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.