Tranvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Mesh Erosion | Mesh extrusion | infection | Revisionary Surgery
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is quite common in women after pregnancy and/or childbirth, injury, surgery or with aging. SUI is the unintended passage of urine, which occurs due to muscle weakness in the pelvic area. SUI occurs with increased stress to the pelvic muscles, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), also known as cystourethrocele, occurs commonly in elderly women due to stretching and weakening of the muscles in the uterus, bladder or pelvic region. Post-menopausal women and those who have had a hysterectomy are also at increased risk for developing Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Surgical implantation of a vaginal sling is intended to strengthen internal organs and prevent them from coming in contact with each other with the use of mesh tape. The synthetic mesh is implanted transvaginally. The mesh integrates with surrounding tissues, anchoring it to the muscles and ligaments, giving more support to surrounding the pelvic floor and organs above it. The mesh patch is a permanent implant.
Transvaginal Mesh Warning
In 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to inform patients and healthcare providers of serious complications associated with implantation of surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
After a previous study performed between 2005 and 2007, the number of adverse events reported to the FDA for surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI was “over 1,000.” Since then, a study from 2008 to 2010 found that 2,874 additional reports of complications were received by the FDA.
The FDA reports that mesh kits of all brands have a higher than expected incidence of failure. Complications include the following:
- Erosion of mesh into surrounding organs including the bladder
- Extrusion or erosion of the mesh into the vagina
- Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
- Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Various other complications
Revisionary surgery – Transvaginal Mesh
Revisionary surgery is often required in some of the above listed complications, but because the original implant is meant to be permanent, it is difficult or impossible for surgeons to remove all the mesh, even with multiple surgeries.
According to the FDA, complications associated with transvaginal mesh implantation can be serious and permanent. Many organs can be damaged, most commonly, the vagina, bladder and bowel. Patients may develop continuous severe discomfort that worsens with intercourse. Correcting these problems can be difficult, dangerous and expensive, without guaranteeing any specific results.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
If you or a loved one have had transvaginal mesh implanted and have had complications, call the New York law firm of Rudolph F.X. Migliore, P.C. for a free case evaluation at (631) 543-3663 or fill out a contact form.
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If a defective product has caused you or a family member serious injury, it is important to consult a product liability attorney as soon as possible. To protect your legal right to recover damages, you must file a claim before the statute of limitations expires.
Call the law office of Rudolph F. X. Migliore, P. C. today at (631) 543-3663 to arrange an appointment to speak with an attorney. We offer a free case evaluation to determine if you have a viable case and to answer your questions and address your concerns.