Oxford Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorneys
Transvaginal surgical mesh, also known as pelvic mesh, is used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). It has been shown to cause serious and permanent injuries to many of the women who underwent the treatment to fix SUI or POP with pelvic mesh.
Like many other drugs and medical devices, the dangers of these devices and products became more and more evident when the after-market data came in. Sadly, the companies that make these products did not do enough to warn women of the dangers until after the FDA got involved.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to pelvic mesh, now is the time to call our Oxford transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at (662) 727-4044.
When Is Transvaginal Mesh Used?
Transvaginal mesh is used to repair changes in the female body experienced due to labor or delivery, advancing age, in reproductive organ surgery, or after an injury has occurred. As mentioned above, it may be used in attempts to correct pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
POP occurs when organs located in the pelvic region drop or fall due to a variety of conditions in the female body. The organs are no longer supported and change position which can cause pain, urinary incontinence and other complications.
Some of the different types of pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Bladder prolapse
- Uterine prolapse
- Rectal prolapse
SUI is the leaking of urine whether or not associated with sneezing, straining, coughing or other physical activity.
Issues with Transvaginal / Pelvic Mesh
The problem with transvaginal or pelvic mesh is that it can break down or degrade, shrink, become embedded in tissue, perforate organs, or become brittle among other things. Additionally, the procedures used to implant the transvaginal mesh were also harmful to many patients. This means the surgical techniques themselves were poorly designed and may have also caused injuries.
Prior to the introduction of transvaginal mesh, surgeons used more traditional methods to repair these conditions. Medical manufacturers saw a market for a product and started aggressively marketing the devices to replace these more traditional, but still effective methods of repair.
Some of the manufacturers of transvaginal and pelvic mesh include:
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson and Johnson
- American Medical Systems
FDA Warning Regarding Transvaginal Mesh
In July of 2011, the FDA urged surgeons to use transvaginal mesh as a last resort—encouraging them to carefully consider all other treatment options before utilizing that option, as well as fully informing the patient of the risks associated with the surgery and product. The mesh is an implant that is meant to be permanent, which means that complete removal at a later date may not even be possible and any attempts may cause more injuries or complications.
The complications that can be associated with defective transvaginal or pelvic mesh are:
- Pelvic pain
- Infection (UTI)
- Painful intercourse
- Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
- Organ perforation
- Leg or back pain
Contact your doctor immediately if you are currently experiencing any of these complications. We do not provide any medical advice.
Our office has a female intake specialist that is medically trained and can discuss your potential claim with you before speaking with a lawyer if that is your preference. At Roberts Wilson, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we take your case serious and provide personalized, compassionate representation.
After you’ve spoken with your doctor, be sure to call our Oxford pelvic mesh injury attorneys at (662) 727-4044.