Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
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Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to repair damaged tissue. Gynecologists and other health care providers have implanted surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It was thought that the surgical mesh would strengthen the vaginal tissue.
However, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has found little evidence that surgical mesh implants improve POP. In addition, the FDA has found that the use of surgical mesh implants for POP did not improve symptomatic results or quality of life over traditional non-mesh repair of POP.
Our lawyers at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. represent those injured by transvaginal mesh and other defective or dangerous medical devices. We have recovered in excess of $4 billion for our clients over the years.
With more than 170 years of experience, you can trust our Houston personal injury attorneys to effectively fight for you if you or a loved one has been injured by transvaginal mesh.
FDA Safety Alert: Severe Complications with Transvaginal Mesh
Since 2008, the number of adverse event reports to the FDA for transvaginal surgical mesh has increased. Approximately 2,900 adverse events or serious complications associated with vaginal and pelvic surgical mesh devices have been reported. The most frequent serious complication reported to the FDA is mesh erosion, also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion. This serious complication can require multiple surgeries to repair the complication. In some cases, multiple surgeries will not resolve the surgical mesh erosion.
On July 13, 2011, the FDA released a safety alert regarding serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh. Specifically, the FDA warned that serious complications associated with vaginal and pelvic surgical mesh devices are not rare. Many of the complications with transvaginal surgical mesh cause women to suffer devastating results.
Serious complications with transvaginal surgical mesh may include:
- Mesh erosion
- Exposure, extrusion or protrusion
- Vaginal scarring / shrinkage
- Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
- Organ perforation
- Urinary problems
- Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse
- Emotional problems
- Need for additional surgeries
Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Manufacturers
Johnson & Johnson®
- Ethicon® TVT
- Gynecare® TVT
- Gynecare® Prosima
- Gynecare® Prolift
- Gynemesh® PS
- AdvantageTM Sling System
- Obtryx® Curved Single
- Obtryx® Mesh Sling
- Prefyx Mid UTM Mesh Sling System
- Prefyx PPSTM System
- Pelvicol® Tissue
- PelviSoft® BioMesh
- PelvitexTM Polypropylene Mesh
- Avaulta PlusTM BioSynthetic Support
- Avaulta SoloTM Synthetic Support
- FasLata® Allograft
American Medical Systems®
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?
Many women will suffer from either pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in their lifetimes—conditions that are both painful and deeply personal.
POP is when a pelvic organ in the woman’s abdomen—such as the bladder, uterus, or bowel—is displaced. This organ then abuts the vaginal wall. Typically, this happens when the muscles designed to keep pelvic organs in place are weakened or become loose due to childbirth or surgery, such as a hysterectomy.
Some symptoms of POP are:
- Feeing pressure from pelvic organs on the walls of the vagina
- Feeling full or distended in the lower abdomen
- Feeling as if something is falling out or protruding from your vagina
- Feeling a pull or stretch in your groin area
- Feeling the need to urinate often
- Releasing urine without meaning to (incontinence)
- Having vaginal pain during sexual intercourse
What is & Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)?
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is loss of bladder control, and happens when the pelvic floor muscles are weak. The symptoms of SUI are urine loss during movement or activity. Even normal actions such as laughing, sneezing, or coughing can cause a urine leak for a woman suffering SUI.
The pelvic floor muscles are designed to hold the urethra in place, in the fascia on the pelvic floor. When these muscles become weak with age or due to other causes, the urethra may dislocate. This results in involuntary urine loss.
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Contact the transvaginal mesh attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. right away if you or a loved one has suffered complications after transvaginal implantation of surgical mesh.
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