If you or a loved one suffered from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and turned to transvaginal mesh revision surgery for relief, you may be entitled to compensation from the device’s manufacturer if you suffered from serious complications related to the implant. The personal injury attorneys at Javerbaum Wurgaft are working with many clients who experienced severe and debilitating complications from transvaginal mesh implants, including perforation of bowels or pelvic organs, erosion of the vaginal tissue, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and others serious conditions.
What is transvaginal mesh?
Millions of women suffer from a very common condition – weakening of the pelvic floor muscles – caused by aging, childbirth or other physiological changes. For most of these women, this condition leads to serious medical complications, including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. When these more serious medical conditions occur, doctors turn to a variety of surgical and non-surgical options to help strengthen the pelvic muscles. One of the options that promised to offer a permanent solution was transvaginal mesh revision surgery.
Since the 1990s, transvaginal mesh, a sling-shaped implant made of synthetic mesh, has been FDA approved as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. During the implant procedure, the mesh is inserted through the vagina, and then placed at the base of the weakened pelvic muscles to offer additional muscle support. This reinforced support theoretically eliminates the serious medical conditions caused by the weakened pelvic muscles.
What are the side effects of transvaginal mesh?
Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh often leads to very serious complications that far outweigh its benefits. In addition to the complications caused by the mesh after it is implanted, the surgery itself can cause serious problems, including perforation of the bladder, bowel or blood vessels.
When these complications and side effects arise, many women require additional surgeries or other medical intervention. It is estimated that 10% of women who received transvaginal mesh implants suffer from serious complications related to the implant.
Serious complications include:
- erosion of the mesh into the bowel, bladder or vagina
- recurrence of stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse
- painful intercourse
- excessive, ongoing vaginal discharge and drainage
- vaginal scarring, shortening, bleeding and shrinkage
- contraction of the mesh sling
- protrusion of the device
- erosion of vaginal epithelium
- pain and infection
The use of synthetic mesh had proven successful for the treatment of other medical conditions, such as hernias, making it seem ideal for use as a pelvic muscle support. Unfortunately, prior to its introduction into the market for this purpose, there was very little product research or testing for synthetic mesh when used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence in women.
In response to countless complaints made by women related to transvaginal mesh and prompted by incident reports filed by the mesh manufacturers themselves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally issued a safety warning related to transvaginal mesh in 2008. These safety warnings continue today, yet doctors continue to use transvaginal mesh for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Thousands of women continue to suffer from complications related to their transvaginal mesh implants. Whether it is emotional distress, pain and suffering, medical expenses for subsequent treatments required to correct complications, the inability to have sexual intercourse, lost wages, or a reduced quality of life, victims of transvaginal mesh implants may be entitled to compensation from the product manufacturers.
If you or someone close to you has been affected by transvaginal mesh, please contact Scott Sinins at Javerbaum Wurgaft to schedule your free, no obligation consultation today. Our team of experienced transvaginal mesh litigation attorneys will review your case and advise you on the best course of action.