Transvaginal Surgical Mesh, also known as Pelvic Mesh, that is used to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) can cause serious and permanent injuries.
Like many other drugs and medical devices, when the after-market data began to come in, the dangers of these devices and products began to be revealed. However, the companies that make these products did not do enough to warn women of the dangers until after the FDA got involved.
Transvaginal Mesh is used to repair changes in the female body experienced due to Labor or Delivery, Advancing Age, Reproductive Organ Surgery or Injuries.
Transvaginal Mesh is used in attempts to correct Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).
Pelvic Organ Prolapse or (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 are:
- Bladder Prolapse
- Uterine Prolapse
- Rectal Prolapse
Stress Uriniary Incontinence (SUI) is the leaking of urine whether or not associated with sneezing, straining, coughing or other physical activity.
The problem with Transvaginal or Pelvic Mesh is that it can break down or degrade, shrink, become imbedded in tissue, perforate organs and become brittle among other things.
Additionally, the procedures used to implant the Transvaginal Mesh were also defectively designed. In other words, the surgical techniques themselves were poorly designed and can also cause 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 just as effective, methods of repair. Side Effects and Risks were downplayed.
In July of 2011, The FDA Warned:
The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure their patients are fully informed of the potential complications from surgical mesh. Mesh is a permanent implant—complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications.
Some of the Manufacturers of Transvaginal and Pelvic Mesh are:
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson and Johnson
- American Medical Systems
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
If you or a loved one have suffered complications after having a surgery using Transvaginal or Pelvic Mesh, contact our office for a Free Initial Consultation at (662) 533-9111.
Our office has a Female Intake Specialist that is medically trained who can discuss your potential claim with you before speaking with a lawyer if that is your preference.
To learn more, click here to read a New York Times Article about the FDA Warnings and Investigations.