Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits and FDA Developments

According to recent FDA reports, transvaginal mesh can cause complications.

Transvaginal mesh has often been used in surgery to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence. Transvaginal mesh is traditionally made of polyester or polypropylene, materials similar to woven mesh. Current systematic research has shown that transvaginal mesh POP repairs may not actually fix or improve the quality of life in patients than traditional non-mesh repair surgeries. Some women have even suffered severe complications and side effects from transvaginal mesh that has resulted in the need for follow-up surgeries to relieve the complications.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh often used to treat POP, bladder prolapse and other similar problems in women. It is created using a material similar to woven mesh. During surgery, transvaginal mesh is implanted in the vagina and used to create a pelvic or bladder sling. It can sometimes also be used to help reinforce the vaginal wall.

Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there have been 1,000 incidents of transvaginal mesh complications since October 2008. The FDA is currently investigating a variety of complications associated with transvaginal mesh implants. Those who suffered complications from transvaginal mesh often suffered from the following severe side effects:

  • Erosion of the mesh through the vagina
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of the prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation during insertion
  • Mesh erosion causing discomfort, pain and dyspareunia (painful intercourse)

Some of the follow-up surgeries and procedures these complications may have required in patients include mesh removal, IV therapy, blood transfusions or drainage of hematomas or abscesses.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Currently, transvaginal mesh investigations are happening to explore the claims made by women who have suffered complications from transvaginal POP repair with mesh. Women who have experienced severe complications including mesh erosion, infection, pain, urinary problems or organ perforation may be eligible to seek compensation through a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

The FDA has received thousands of reports regarding these transvaginal mesh complications. Some patients even required additional surgery to remove the mesh implant that had eroded into the vagina.

FDA Recommendations for Transvaginal Mesh Complications

The FDA recommends patients suffering from POP or stress urinary incontinence, or those who may undergo transvaginal mesh surgery in the near future, take the following important precautions:

  • Consult the surgeon before surgery about all available POP treatment options, especially those that do not involve mesh implants.
  • Engage in routine follow-up appointments after surgery and schedule regular check-ups. If any complications arise including bleeding, discharge or pelvic/groin pain during sex, contact your surgeon immediately.
  • If you underwent POP surgery and are not sure if the surgeon used transvaginal mesh complications.

Where Can You Get Help?

Depending on the circumstances involved in your specific transvaginal mesh lawsuit, you may want to consider hiring a law firm that has the resources necessary to handle this complex area of litigation. Choose a pharmaceutical firm that has experience handling transvaginal mesh lawsuits for clients nationwide and that offers professional attorneys specializing in pharmaceutical law.

How Much is My Case Worth?

Depending on the injuries you've suffered, both short-term and long-term, your personal injury case may result in you being compensated significantly. To find learn about how to estimate the award or settlement amount, see our section on How Much is Your Injury Claim Worth?

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