Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits: What You Need to KnowLast updated on: October 2, 2012
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Transvaginal mesh is a medical procedure which was originally thought to be a solution for millions of women who have Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence. While the procedure was originally thought to be a helpful cure, it has caused thousands of women to suffer painful and devastating results. For many victims of transvaginal mesh, the results of the procedure were more painful and damaging than their original conditions.
Originally, the FDA approved a variety of transvaginal mesh procedures, hoping that they would bring about cures for millions of women worldwide. The FDA approved mesh products for pelvic floor repair, pelvic organ prolapse, and stress urinary incontinence. The FDA claims that the products had already been used in other parts of the body and proven safe and uncomplicated.
While the products may not have had any complications when used in conjunction with curing hernias or other medical procedures, they were never tested for their safety when used in transvaginal mesh surgeries. This small mistake has since turned into a massive problem, as trusting women went in for surgery and came out with disastrous results. The problems started in 1999, when Boston Scientific recalled about 20,000 ProtoGen mesh units because they were giving patients complications after surgery.
The FDA noted the recall, but failed to clear other similar products. The women who were complaining of pain said that intercourse had become particularly painful after their surgery and they were experiencing symptoms of vaginal erosion. More manufacturers began reporting that the mesh devices were bringing about complications after a Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and more women began calling in with concerns. The FDA eventually issued a health alert about mesh products in 2008, but it was merely a warning that claimed that complications were rare.
After this health report, about 2,800 women complained about pain after their surgery. In July 2011, the FDA issued another warning that specified that complications are not linked to a particular brand of mesh. The FDA eventually issued new standards in September of 2001, which require all companies that create mesh products to undergo rigorous testing before the product can be approved. The medical mistake has caused thousands to litigate against their doctors and the manufacturing companies that created the transvaginal mesh products.
Many of the lawsuits involve different mesh products from companies like Johnson & Johnson, AMS, Boston Scientific, or C.R. Bard. If you have had a transvaginal mesh implant and are now experiencing complications like millions of other women, then you will want to contact a Texas personal injury lawyer today for more information. We can brief you on your rights and investigate your case to see if you deserve damages for your suffering. Contact a lawyer at Zinda Law Group today to get started!