Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits By Weaver & Associates
Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawsuits
Background: Transvaginal mesh is a fabric which is woven as part of surgeries to reinforce, repair, and strengthen weakened pelvic tissues. Surgical mesh is used for different kinds of pelvic surgeries, such as, hernias, slings for SUI (stress urinary incontinence), reconstructions of chest walls, and more.
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This type of surgical mesh used in transvaginal mesh for repair of transvaginal POP (pelvic organ prolapse), is used to surgically deal with SUI. POP refers to the condition occurring when a pelvic organ like the bladder, bowel, uterus, or rectum falls from its proper position and at the same time pushes up against the vaginal wall. This occurs when pelvic muscles as well as the connective tissues of the pelvis which hold the pelvic organs stead are placed under increased stressed or weakened as time passes.
The FDA approved transvaginal mesh surgical kits from US manufacturers like Ethicon, Inc., American Medical Systems, and the company C. R. Bard. Surgical mesh for vaginal surgeries were first used in kits for SUI and these were FDA approved in 1996. Transvaginal mesh kits were first FDA approved for POP in 2002.
Complications of Transvaginal Mesh:
The following vaginal mesh complications were specifically reported due to transvaginal mesh in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgeries:
- Mesh erosion – refers to extrusion, exposure, and/or mesh protrusion
- Pelvic pain – intens pain in pelvic and abdominal region due to vaginal mesh
- Infection – serious pelvic infection, and vaginal, bowell infection
- Bleeding – vaginal bleeding
- Urinary leakage – problems holding bladder
- Pain during intercourse
- Recurrence of prolapse – multiple required revisional surgeries
- Pelvic organ perforation
On the date July 13 of 2011, the Food & Drug Administration updated safety communications to U.S. surgical mesh providers as well as medical field professionals and vaginal mesh patients regarding serious risk of complications from transvaginal mesh specifically used to treat POP (pelvic organ prolapse).
The updated safety communication from the FDA noted an increased risk for these specific serious vaginal mesh complications, and that no corresponding evidence of a clinical nature showed any greater benefit for use of vaginal mesh to treat POP. There was no improved life quality, and the FDA also reported to the public that these vaginal mesh complications have not been uncommon as they were earlier reported.
Have You Been Injured? Help Available!
If you have been injured or someone you love has experienced complications similar or including the vaginal mesh complications listed above after transvaginal mesh placement, visit your medical provider immediately. And if your situation warrants visiting your medical provider, you should also realized that you owe yourself the assurance and assistance of a pharmaceutical liability and medical device liability lawyer to determine whether you may have a personal injury case. Weaver & Associates can discuss with you the potential for bringing a vaginal mesh lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover financially for your medical, emotional, and life quality damages from your mesh injuries.