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TVM Mesh Lawsuit to Be Launched in Canada

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Winnipeg, MBThe western Canadian city of Winnipeg will serve as the backdrop for a transvaginal mesh lawsuit in Canada. The Winnipeg Free Press (2/8/13) reports that court documents are being filed in three Canadian provinces with an eye toward launching a class-action case representing more than 300 Canadian women.

Transvaginal mesh has evolved from exclusive use as a means to treat hernias to a response toward women’s issues such as Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and incontinence issues stemming from childbirth. Pelvic organs will sag against and into the uterus over time unless there is medical intervention to prevent their migration. Previous treatments have included fairly involved surgery to stitch and shore up wayward organs back into place using a women’s own tissue. However, a less-invasive approach featuring transvaginal mesh - often inserted and deployed through a tube by way of a small incision - has been favored for speedier healing and less dependence on an extended hospital stay for recovery.

But the TVT sling has run into problems - so much so, in fact, that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated the well over 30 manufacturers of TVT slings to conduct post-marketing studies of their products. The FDA has also issued an opinion that, in the agency’s view, the use of the TVT sling is no longer necessarily the safest procedure, and thus should be considered as a last-line-of-defense treatment option.

Christine Asprey would agree. The Winnipeg mother of four received a transvaginal sling implant from Health Sciences Center’s Women’s Hospital one year ago. According to an account in the Free Press, the 49-year-old has been unable to return to work since her surgery in January 2012, and has described her life as “hell on Earth.”

Various mesh lawsuits have alleged the implanted mesh has migrated, pushing against the uterus and actually protruding into the vagina. Some women, due to transvaginal mesh complication, have been resigned to suspending sexual intercourse with their respective partners for fear of injury to the penis. Other plaintiffs have alleged that mesh has become so intertwined with tissue that a problematic TVT mesh is unable to be removed safely, forcing a woman to live with the pain and inconvenience for an incalculable length of time.

Of the upwards of 40 vaginal sling manufacturers vending the allegedly problematic mesh, about 10 sell into Canada - our neighbor to the north that has a smaller overall population than the US but with a similar demographic makeup of female Baby Boomers in middle age and in need of the TVT sling procedure.

Perhaps they would rather have the sling procedure as needed, but without the TVT side effects that have not only fuelled the inevitable transvaginal mesh lawsuit, but also serve as the source for a life that some continue to describe as “a living hell.”

Transvaginal mesh complication has included perforation of the vaginal walls, pain, urinary problems, bleeding and the recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. Women reporting problems associated with the procedure in North America reportedly number into the thousands.

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I feel everyone's pain here. I had my left ovary removed in May of 2000 and after that was having a drop or two issue when I sneezed or coughed to hard. I was not overweight, ever had children or had damage to my bladder before. It took me 6 years of complaining to get my GP to refer me to a Urologist to see if the problem could be fixed. Well I totally regret that now. While I was at my appointment with him, he was so busy patting himself on the back and bragging about the Monarch Bladder Sling and saying it was the best thing in the whole world and would fix me right up. He was not listening to a word I was saying..."its just a drop or two" and he would reply...well your 45...what...what difference does that make...2 cups a coffee a day is far too much...really?...Your 10 pounds over weight for your height...seriously....
I had the surgery anyway instead of running in the opposite direction. Like many of you, my life has been a living hell. I was not incontinent, they made me incontinent. I can't sit down for more than 5 mins and as soon as I stand up, I have to RUN for a pee. I don't leave the house very often anymore as I am afraid of peeing myself in public. And lets talk about pain. I can't wear panties anymore that have elastic of any kind around the leg openings as it rubs on the scar tissue on the outside which in turn, causes the scar tissue on the INSIDE of my vagina to swell and feel like someone is poking it with a sharp needle. I can't sit for too long or the inside starts to hurt. I can't walk for too long or the inside starts to hurt. And my sex life. Yeah that ended. The pain was so excruciating that it cost me my relationship and I not willing to endure that kind of pain. I too am on Percocet for pain. Without it, I'm not sure where I'd be. Trying to cut my vagina out. It took me 6 years to find a law firm in Canada that was handling these cases. I contacted one in 2012. It took 2 years for them to get the damn paperwork to me to sign and was told I just made some sort of deadline....no, I started in 2012 and have the emails you sent me to prove it...every time I talk to them they say "well it could take up to 10 years" and I check their website on Class Actions all the time and the is no update since June of last year. I too and frustrated that the US had settled a majority of their suits and we have not even begun. Some were settled as far back as 2012. I have now decided to have my TVM removed and reading this thread am in great fear that things will only get worse and not better. I hope Canada gets of its butt and helps all of us suffering from this inept medical procedure and there will be justice for all of us.

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Hi, I'm Louise and I wrote to you, before Well. to make matters worst I just found out that my groin and leg problems are severe and I will have surgery for a Hip Replacement...What's next, DEATH.......And, is it true that we Canadians, will wait at least 10 years to get compensated???

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Hi, I'm Louise and I wrote to you, before Well. to make matters worst I just found out that my groin and leg problems are severe and I will have surgery for a Hip Replacement...What's next, DEATH.......And, is it true that we Canadians, will wait at least 10 years to get compensated???

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I have the TVT operation in Calgary, AB. in 2005 and have been suffering since with pain on my left side both back and front. I have dealt with several bladder infections, debris flooding in my urine and bowel issues too. Not sure what product was used but nothing has shown up in xray-s, MRI or ultrasounds. I have been unable to work full time for over 2 years with the pain and inconvenience of an active bladder and bowel. Is there someone in Alberta that I could speak to or join a class action? I look forward to your response if you can help me get to the bottom of this once and for all.

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Is there a surgeon in Canada that will removed TVT mess in one operation??

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Like Louise I totally agree with her how long does this have to take to get settled in the Canadian courts and why does the American TVTO mesh victims get more. My wife is going through hell she is going to UCLA in June for a second operation to remove the mesh she is hanging on to her job barely I don't know how she is still going as I can see the pain she is going through.Manitoba Health is going to help out some for the surgery and air fair but after that my wife is going to need all the help she can get most of these women who had this surgery have no where to turn to for financial help as the same as my wife and I.I hope that some of these Canadian politicians wake up and listen to the lawyers of these women and get things going faster to help these women its not there fault for getting an operation done and being told that things will be way better in and for your life, but mean while it has turned there lives upside down and there husbands to and other family members please do some thing help them, before more marriages or relationships get broken apart over this.
Thanks

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Kathryn I to had abdominal surgical mesh sheet used in my total prolapse I have had 4 operations since taking out the mesh and part of my bowel removed. I am on total disability since Oct. 2007. I to am looking for legal help, being they didnt use a transvaginal mesh they wont take it. I have lost my job, my pension from the job, went through a divorce and have been so drugged to get rid of pain. My life has been totaly ruined because of this medical mesh. Can anybody help me. Thank you.

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Hi, it's me again.I just heard by someone that he was in the Vioxx lawsuits in Canada and he still has not received compensation, yet.It's been 10 yrs since he has entered the lawsuit.Are you Serious? If it's true,I'm already 62 yrs. old so I will probably be Dead by then .How long will we, Canadian women will have to wait for the transvaginal mesh or sling lawsuits? I can't believe that Canadian courts take this long in settling cases especially with the pain & suffering we still have and will have for the rest of our" so called" life.COME ON! We are human beings, here.Animals are better treated than people, today.What country are we living in?Some of us don't have money and we pay everything.I had to borrow money from my kids, for taxis(I don't drive), parkings, meds, appointments etc...Judges should wake up and settled this lawsuit, soon.I speak for every Canadian women, out there...We need HELP !Lawyers should call the Health Department in our so-called GOVERNMENT and make it their priority and send money to these women, who are still Suffering...

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It's Louise again.I also heard that women have groin. leg & hip problems too.I do have that, too.In fact my family DR.told me that I will have hip replacement surgery but I don't know when because there is a long waiting list, so I have to live with the pain again.I walk with a cane when the pain is excruciating & I take pain killers.Also I have a lot of urinary infections.The last ones were: August 13 / Sept.9 / Sept. 30...as you can see there not far apart. All those problems: Urinary and Stool Incontinence, infections, leg pain, and intercourse not to mention the cabs (I don't drive) the parkings, the meds and worst of all, the pain & sufferings, the hip surgery that I will have, my life is over.I'm depressed and angry all the time.I don't know what to do? Should I get that CRAP out of my body , they say they can't take it all out & I will have more surgeries, or should I leave it there & do more damages? What a choice???They should pay a lot for their incompetence and suffering they gave us? They did the CRIME & they are responsible.What other problems are ahead, I don't know?I want to thank all the lawyers out there who are fighting for our rights,and I am waiting for a response, soon .I hope that we, women won't have to wait too long to get compensated for what they did to us.Some of us, don't have a lot of money so the courts should decide as soon as possible, not years and years to get payed.We, know that in America, they are already sending money to women.I even heard that americans have more compensations than we will have.WHY? If the products were made there , Canada should get more.It's not our faults that the U.S. products did this to us.Our lives are ruined forever,even if we don't have a life, now.Thank you so much, for hearing my story.I will be waiting for your phone call, anxiously.

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I had a Sling inserted for Urinary Incontinence.Soon after I went to see the surgeon & I told him that my urinary problem was worst He said it can't be.Then, soon after my surgery, I started to developed STOOL Incontinence .Do you want to know what he told me?He told me that my stool problem is not his domain.He prescribed pills but to no avail.To make sure , my family DR. sent me to have all the tests possible for my stool problem & tests for the intestines.All tests were normal.I will have to wear pads for the rest of my life. But, my life is over .Sometimes I wish I could die.I'm French speaking and I don't know the real name of this String, but in French he called it a "Languettes".I don't want to wear diapers at 62yrs.old but if there is nothing else that can be done, I will have to.I have a family DR.'s appointment this month and I will talk to her about her.I just heard about this lawsuit, so am I too late to enter or is there a deadline.I guess my family DR. will have to sign something and I guess you will need the records of my surgery.I hope to hear from you, soon. Thank you, so much and Please Help me and all these women out there.Our lives are forever ruined...

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I did NOT have a transvaginal Mesh, but, an ABDOMINAL MESH inserted after many abdominal surgeries and was left with NO abdominal muscle after all the surgeries. It was inserted in October of 2010 and had to be removed in March of 2011 because of so many infections, in other words, my body rejected it.
Is there any hope for me getting legal help and aid with this? I know that this is not a transvaginal case, but, none-the-less the pain and suffering WERE very real!

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