Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits are becoming increasingly common as many patients of the surgery experience negative consequences. The mesh is a medical device that is surgically implanted through the vagina. Its main uses are to repair a condition known as POP (which stands for pelvic organ prolapse) and to treat SUI (stress urinary incontinence).

Health Conditions Treated By Transvaginal Mesh

The first condition, POP, takes place when a woman’s pelvic floor becomes too weak to withstand the weight of the rectum, bladder, and vagina, as well as other organs in the pelvic region. This can occur as a result of aging or childbirth, and takes place when the muscle and tissue in this region become weak. Severely overweight women are at a higher risk of catching this condition, due to the increased strain caused by their weight. A genetic predisposition is also present in some women. People experiencing Pelvic Organ Prolapse may have enlarged tissue or organs and experience major physical discomfort.

SUI is a fairly common condition. Women experiencing it may leak urine throughout the day when not expecting it, and especially during times of high stress. Stress Urinary Incontinence takes place when, much like POP, the muscles and tissue around the bladder lose their strength. These weakened muscles can be the result of age, weight issues, previous operations, or labor.

Vaginal Mesh Complications

Transvaginal mesh is a surgical implant device, made of a synthetic mesh material, that is inserted into the vagina. Many complications have been reported with the device, especially in patients using it to treat the two conditions mentioned above. The Federal Drug Administration has done studies, because of this, and their findings are interesting. Their tests conclude that Pelvic Organ Prolapse is no better remedied by the implant than without it. This comes as a real shock to users who were recommended the device by doctors. Patients with Stress Urinary Incontinence, however, have not received an official word from the administration about the scientific effectiveness of the mesh for their condition, as the studies are ongoing.

The FDA has also reported that over 1,000 women experienced transvaginal mesh complications in the first 2 years of their study, which began in 2008. More recently an official, serious warning has been issued to warn women about the risks of the device. The mesh has been found to be capable of eroding through the vaginal wall, scarring the vagina, and causing other sever pain and discomfort.

If you or a loved one has been injured by transvaginal mesh, you may be entitled to compensation. Thousands of women have taken legal action in response to the negative side effects of this surgery. Contact us for a free legal consultation at 800-385-8176. Our lawyers specialize in these cases and have led numerous successful transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

FDA Public Health Notification

On October 20, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Notification advisory consumers and health practitioners about serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

How do I know if my complications are related to a mesh insert?

Vaginal mesh surgery is often done for pelvic organ prolapse. Transvaginal mesh complications can be severe and include pain, painful sexual intercourse, infection, bleeding, incontinence, organ perforation, vaginal scarring, and mesh erosion through the vaginal wall. Some women have also reported recurrences of the prolapse and the need for more surgeries to attempt to remove surgical mesh that had eroded into the vagina. The FDA has issued warning on vaginal mesh inserts made by both Bard and Johnson & Johnson. If you had surgery and experienced complications or symptoms after surgery, you should contact your health care provider immediately.