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Bladder Sling Lawsuits

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$120 Million Bladder Sling Verdict 

Bladder slings, also known as bladder tacks, bladder tape, TVTs, or TOTs, are strips of synthetic mesh implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). TVT refers to transvaginal tape and TOT refers to transobturator tape, both may be composed of synthetic mesh materials.  Slings made from polypropylene have had serious complications reported in some women. Litigation over the past decade has resulted in billions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for women injured by bladder sling and pelvic mesh implants. For further in depth information, click the video link to review the medical legal animation in the podcast: Failed Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuit Podcast.

$120 Million was awarded to Susan McFarland for injuries she suffered from a Ethicon TVT-O sling implanted in 2008. The April 2019 verdict from a Philadelphia jury included $20 million in compensatory and $100 million in punitive damages against Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, which manufactures and markets the sling and other pelvic mesh products.

Bladder Sling Verdicts and Settlements

Verdicts, settlements, manufacturers, products, and jurisdictions over the past decade follow:

  1. 4/22: $2.5 million – Redding v. Coloplast (Novasilk) FL
  2. 4/19: $120 million – McFarland v. Ethicon/JJ (TVT-O) PA
  3. 1/19: $41 million – Emmett v. Ethicon/JJ (Prolift & TVT-O) PA
  4. 4/18: $68 million – McGinnis v. Bard (Solo & Align)  NJ
  5. 9/17: $57.1 million – Ebaugh v. Ethicon/JJ (TVT Secur) PA
  6. 4/17: $20.0 million – Engleman v. Ethicon/JJ (TVT Secur) – PA
  7. 2/16: $13.5 – Carlino v. Ethicon/JJ (TVT)  PA
  8. 2/16: $0 – Sherrer v. Boston Scientific (Solyx & Bard Align) MO
  9. 5/15: $100 million – Deborah Barda v. BSC (Pinnacle, Advantage Fit) DL
  10. 11/14: $5.25 million – Jeanie Blankenship – Boston Scientific (Obtryx) MDL
  11. 11/14: $4.75 million – Chris Wilson – Boston Scientific (Obtryx) MDL
  12. 11/14: $4.25 million – Carol Campbell – Boston Scientific (Obtryx) MDL
  13. 11/14: $4.25 million – Jacquelyn Tyree – Boston Scientific (Obtryx) MDL
  14. 9/14: $73.465 million – Martha Salazar – Boston Scientific (Obtryx) TX
  15. 9/14: $3.27 million – Jo Huskey – Ethicon/JJ (TVT-O) MDL WV
  16. 8/14: $0 – Maria Cardenas – Boston Scientific (Obtryx) MA
  17. 4/14: $1.2 million – Linda Batiste – Ethicon/JJ (TVT-O) TX
  18. 2/14: $0 – Carolyn Lewis – Ethicon/JJ (TVT-O) MDL

Complications Reported

In 2019, the FDA stopped the sale of some types of pelvic mesh products to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). However, many manufacturers still sell bladder slings and other Transvaginal Mesh products to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women: Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants. Complaints associated with transvaginal mesh devices include:

  • chronic pelvic pain
  • urinary problems and/or incontinence
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • recurrence of prolapsed bladder or uterus
  • infection and abscess
  • aching, burning or stabbing pain in the pudendal nerve area
  • pelvic bleeding

These symptoms have been linked to complications of the mesh, including:

  • bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
  • pelvic floor damage
  • pudendal nerve damage
  • mesh erosion or extrusion through the vaginal tissue
  • mesh contracture or shrinkage
  • chronic inflammation
  • fistula creation
  • internal scar tissue formation

Treatment of complications includes additional surgical procedures to revise or remove the mesh, blood transfusions, drainage of hematomas and abscesses from infection, medication, pain injections, Botox injections, electrode therapy, physical pelvic therapy, among other treatments to alleviate the complications.

 What Is Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)?

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or bladder control loss, can range from mild leakage to uncontrollable urine loss. Causes include: childbirth, aging, obesity, surgery involving the bladder or vagina in women, medications, diabetes, neurologic conditions, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and spinal cord injury and other reasons.
Diagnosing urinary incontinence tests might include: Urinalysis, bladder function tests, cystoscopy, cystogram, x-rays using dye to reveal urinary tract problems and ultrasound.
Urinary incontinence treatment may include: Botox injections, pessaries, pelvic floor physical therapy, medications, urethral bulking agent to reduce the opening of the urethra to prevent urine leakage, surgical sling procedure using body tissue or synthetic material to create a “sling or hammock” to keep the urethra closed and prevent urine leakage.
Surgical sling procedure: the surgeon uses strips of synthetic mesh, your own tissue, or sometimes animal or donor tissue to create a sling; under the tube that carries urine from the bladder (urethra) or the area of thickened muscle where the bladder connects to the urethra (bladder neck). The sling supports the urethra and helps keep it closed so that you do not leak urine.
Tension-free sling – No stitches are used to attach the tension-free sling, which is made from a strip of synthetic mesh tape. Instead, body tissue holds the sling in place. Eventually scar tissue forms in and around the mesh to keep it from moving. For a tension-free sling procedure, the surgeon may use one of three approaches:
Retropubic. A small incision inside the vagina just under the urethra is made. with two small
openings above the pubic bone. The surgeon uses a needle to pass the sling under the urethra and up behind the pubic bone. Absorbable stitches close the vaginal incision, and the needle sites may be sealed with glue or stitches.
Transobturator. A small incision inside the vagina just under the urethra is made, with a small
opening on each side of the labia. The sling passes a different pathway from the retropubic approach, but it is still placed under the urethra. Absorbable stitches close the vaginal incision and the needle site with glue or stitches.
Single-incision mini. One small incision in the vagina is made. The surgeon places the sling similar to the retropubic and transobturator approaches. No other incisions or needle sites are needed.
Conventional Sling. An incision in the vagina is made and a sling made of synthetic mesh tape is placed under the neck of the bladder. Through another incision in the abdomen, the surgeon pulls the sling to achieve the right amount of tension and attaches each end of the sling to pelvic tissue or the abdominal wall using stitches. Serious complications occur in some women, including erosion of the material, infection, organ perforation, pudendal neuralgia and other injuries causing pain and suffering. We are not medical professionals examining your body. Therefore, it is always recommended that you contact your health care provider, conduct your own research and use your own due diligence.

Contact Us Now

For legal questions, call us at 1-800-814-4540 or email us at if you have been injured by a bladder sling surgery. Our consultations are free and confidential. There are time limits in each state and hospitals destroy medical records after a certain time frame, so contact us now to preserve your rights.

 Sling procedures

Several types of operative techniques and approaches are noted in the medical records for sling procedures, including:

  • Tension-free sling
  • Retropubic sling
  • Transobturator sling
  • Single-incision mini sling
  • Conventional sling

We can obtain and review medical records to determine the type of bladder sling procedure performed. For further in depth information, click the video link to review medical legal animation in the podcast: Failed Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuit Podcast.

Pelvic Mesh Ordered Off the Market

On April 16, 2019, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of certain pelvic synthetic surgical mesh products to stop selling and distributing their products in the United States.   Additional information for patients and health care providers about the use of surgical mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse is provided in the links. Types of pelvic mesh products implanted and may still be on the market include:

Ethicon TVT Gynecare Mesh

  • Prolift
  • Prolift +M
  • Gynemesh/Gynemesh PS
  • Prosima
  • TVT
  • TVT-Obturator (TVT-O)
  • TVT-Exact
  • TVT-Abbrevo

C. R. Bard

  • Align
  • Avaulta Plus™ BioSynthetic Support System
  • Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support System
  • Faslata® Allograft
  • Pelvicol® Tissue
  • PelviSoft® Biomesh
  • Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
  • PelviLace
  • InnerLace
  • Uretex

American Medical Systems 

  • SPARC®
  • Mini-Arc
  • Apogee
  • Elevate
  • Monarc
  • In-Fast
  • BioArc

Boston Scientific

  • Obtryx® Curved Single
  • Obtryx® Mesh Sling
  • Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System
  • Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
  • Prefyx PPS™ System
  • Uphold Vaginal Support System
  • Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
  • Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System
  • Advantage Fit System
  • Solyx SIS System


  • T-Sling-Universal Polypropylene Sling
  • Aris-Transobturator Sling System
  • Supris-Suprapubic Sling System
  • Novasilk-Synthetic Flat Mesh
  • Suspend-Tutoplast Processed Fascia Lata
  • Exair-Prolapse Repair System
  • Axis-Tutoplast Processed Dermis
  • Restorelle
  • Smartmesh
  • Omnisure
  • Minitape


  • Surgisis


Multi District Litigation

The multi district litigation (MDL) courts have been dismantled as of 2018. Cases are now being filed in individual courts across the nation.  These MDL courts are closed to new cases:

MDL No. 2327 | In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

MDL No. 2325 | In Re American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation –

MDL No. 2187 | In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

MDL No. 2326 | In Re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

MDL No. 2440 | In Re Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

MDL No. 2387 | In Re Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation

MDL No. 2511 | In Re Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

Contact Us Now

Call us at 1-800-814-4540 or email if you have had injuries from your bladder sling surgery. Our consultations are free and confidential. There are time limits in each state and hospitals destroy medical records after a certain time frame, so contact us now to preserve your rights.

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