AUA 2016:The truth behind transvaginal mesh litigation: Devices, timelines, and provider characteristics - Session Highlights

San Diego, CA USA ( Lauren Wood of Los Angeles, CA reported the results of study of  a 1% random sample of the Bloomberg Law Database. The authors reported that 63% of the 710 claims for transvaginal mesh involved slings for stress incontinence, with retropubic  slings being slightly more common than transobturator , 13.3% involved pelvic organ prolapse mesh and 23.2% involved both slings and prolapse mesh. 

They reported that most claims were made around 5 years after implant and very few cases (4) named the implanting provider as a defendant.  The vast majority of the mesh in the lawsuits was placed by a non-FPMRS surgeon. 

The moderators and audience discussed the surgeon's experience as a factor in the cases that have been settled thus far.


Presented By: Lauren Wood, MD

Written By: Lindsey Cassini Cox M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, MUSC Health, Medical University of South Carolina, at the 2016 AUA Annual Meeting - May 6 - 10, 2016 – San Diego, California, USA