But plaintiff's attorney Lori Cohen, representing Bard, said Cisson was a patient with a history of medical problems that went back to the 1980s.
Cohen told the jury, "She had a vaginal tear from a forceps delivery, she had a hysterectomy, she had organ prolapse, bladder and rectal incontinence, obesity and thyroid cancer."
Cohen noted that in April, Cisson was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and spinal problems. Her back problems, too, dated to the 1980s, she said.
"And her medical issues have improved since surgery," said Cohen.
Bard, she said, has spent decades developing and testing the vaginal mesh device.
"This is not a fly-by-night company, or a fly-by-night product," Cohen said. "Polypropylene is a medical necessity and it has been around since the 1950s.
"Bard went above and beyond to bring these devices to doctors for patients' benefit," she said.
"There are risks with any surgery. The success rate with transvaginal mesh surgery is 97 percent -- better than the risk with traditional vaginal surgery to repair this problem."
Judge Goodwin is using Cisson's case, and the three that will follow, to understand the key issues in the thousands of similar lawsuits filed and how best to proceed with them.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.
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