Transvaginal mesh is a medical device that is used to reinforce weakened or damaged tissue in a woman’s vaginal wall. Made from either synthetic or biologic material, the mesh is surgically implanted as a way to control stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Both conditions affect millions of women in the United States. A variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedure are available to treat SUI and POP. In recent years, however, transvaginal mesh placement has become an increasing popular option. Unfortunately, the treatment has led to serious health complications for many women.
Adverse Consequences of Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries
If you or someone you know has had a transvaginal mesh repair procedure, it’s critical to take prompt action to explore your legal options, including a mesh lawsuit. While not every woman suffers negative consequences, it’s important to understand the scope of the adverse health effects linked with transvaginal mesh. Complications can arise if the implanted mesh erodes into the surrounding tissue or if the mesh shrinks.
Reported negative effects from transvaginal surgical repair range from pain and infection to serious blood vessel perforation in the bladder or bowel. Most problems resulting from a transvaginal mesh surgeries are associated with an erosion of the mesh material, and most women who experience complications require additional medical and/or surgical procedures. Hospitalization is sometimes required as well.
Symptoms that can indicate a problem with a mesh implant include pelvic pain, abnormal discharges, persistent vaginal bleeding and pain during sexual intercourse. Symptoms associated with infections such as fever, achy muscles and general fatigue may also occur. Urinary problems, organ perforation and emotional problems have also been reported.
In addition, men may encounter pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse with women who has had the procedure. If you or your partner has had a transvaginal mesh procedure and has experienced any of the symptoms described above, contact your health care professional, and then contact us immediately to determine whether you have a valid case for a mesh lawsuit.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Response
From 2006 to 2009, the FDA received more than 1,000 reports about problems resulting from transvaginal repair with synthetic mesh. By 2011, that number has risen to more than 4,000, and the FDA finally issued a safety warning to the public about the dangers and complications associated with mesh implants. If you or a family member is suffering the debilitating affects of transvaginal mesh surgery, the FDA’s action means that you may have legal grounds to seek restitution through a mesh lawsuit.
The FDA’s most recent public notification warns women that the serious health complications linked to transvaginal mesh surgeries are not rare. The agency also states that it is unclear whether the procedure is more effective than non-mesh transvaginal repair for patients with POP. The FDA has concluded that the risks associated with transvaginal mesh may outweigh any benefits achieved with the procedure.
Explore Your Legal Options
When a medical device implant negatively affects a woman’s health and the manufacturer of the device refuses to compensate the patient for the harm done, a mesh lawsuit is sometimes the only recourse that the patient can take to see that justice is served. If you are experiencing any symptoms after a transvaginal mesh implant, see your doctor at once and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys for help.
Lawsuits filed against companies who manufacture transvaginal mesh products can provide you with the justice and compensation that you need and deserve to move forward. It’s important to remember, however, that a statute of limitations applies. The time that you have to file a suit is limited. Don’t delay. To schedule a free consultation to determine whether a mesh lawsuit is an option for you, call us today at 1-888-440-9292 or fill out the form on this page.