Transvaginal Mesh Injury
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A transvaginal mesh device is a surgical mesh that has a screen-like quality made of metals or polymers that consist of non-organic chemical compounds. Transvaginal mesh is often used to reinforce soft tissue, such as the bladder or vaginal wall that has been weakened. They are trimmed into the shape needed and surgically implanted in the body to reinforce the weakened area either through an incision in the abdomen or transvaginally.
Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers
Transvaginal mesh devices are manufactured by nine companies, but four dominate the market in the United States. These companies are:
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- C.R. Bard
- Ethicon by Johnson & Johnson.
Over a period of three years, the FDA received more than 2,800 reports from surgical mesh manufacturers noting complications associated with their surgical mesh devices used to repair Pelvic Organ Prolapsed (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).
- Pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) – results from weakened or damaged vaginal walls that allow the bladder, rectum or uterus to drop into the vaginal cavity.
- Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) – results from pressure against the vaginal wall and on the bladder (often from POP) which causes complications in the ability to control urination.
There have been many complications reported including erosion through the soft tissue of the vagina, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. There have also been reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion leading to long-term or lifelong injuries. Other side effects or complications include:
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Vaginal Infection
- Scarring and scar tissue
- Urinary problems
- Organ perforation
- Hardening of the vaginal mesh
- Nerve damage
- Injury to nearby organs
- Severe pelvic pain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Mesh contraction and shrinkage
- Mesh erosion through the vagina
- Complications from surgery
- Permanent complications or disfigurement
- Additional surgeries to remove the mesh
Even though there is ample evidence that thousands of women have been harmed by these devices, the FDA has yet to pull them from the market. Instead, the FDA recommends that physicians provide additional information to their patients regarding the outcomes, probabilities and complications. These recommendations include:
- Other treatments are available, are safer and have few of the complications that accompany transvaginal mesh implants;
- Surgical mesh implantation is permanent;
- There are complications associated with the implanted mesh that may require additional surgeries;
- Subsequent surgeries may or may not correct the complications that were caused by the mesh;
- Complications can seriously alter quality of life;
- Complications may include pain during sexual intercourse, vaginal scarring, and the narrowing of the vaginal wall; and
- Physicians should provide patients with a written copy of the patient labeling from the surgical mesh manufacturer.
If You Have You Been Injured
There were more than 175,000 surgeries performed last year using transvaginal mesh devices. Unfortunately, many of those surgeries resulted in injuries, side effects and complications, many that were severe and life altering. If you have been injured by a transvaginal mesh implant, contact the attorneys at Zinda Law Group to get the legal advice you need and the compensation that you deserve. Call today at (800) 863-5312 to speak with an attorney and let us help you.