Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawyers in San Marcos
Many women suffer from weak pelvic muscles. Sometimes the condition occurs following childbirth or hysterectomy. Without adequate support of internal organs, structures cannot maintain a proper position and women often experience pelvic organ prolapse causing vaginal invasion by the bladder, rectum and uterus. Discomfort and stress urinary incontinence generally accompany the disorder, which might also make sexual intimacy difficult. Tens of thousands of women underwent transvaginal mesh implants at an attempt to solve the problem.
Transvaginal Mesh Implants
In the 1990s, manufacturers designed transvaginal mesh implants to strengthen and support internal structures secondary to pelvic organ prolapsed. The idea behind the synthetic mesh involved surgically installing the device into the vagina where the implant cradled and supported the structures similar to a hammock. However, beginning in 2008 the FDA received reports of numerous complications associated with the mesh implants.
After researching procedures performed from 1996 to 2011, the FDA discovered that transvaginal mesh implants surgically inserted on the top of or on the back wall of the vagina did not offer any more benefit compared to other reparative options. While the mesh received FDA approval for hernia repair, manufacturers gained approval for gynecological use via a fast-track approval system that did not require testing because the device itself gained FDA acceptance.
Following surgery, the mesh poses the added risk of contracting. As the mesh shrinks, the device often invades the abdominal wall, the bladder or prolapses into the vagina. This action produces symptoms that may appear shortly after surgery or within a few years after implantation. The variety of symptoms that women endure includes:
- Chronic pain that varies in severity
- Continuous bleeding
- Neuromuscular symptoms
- Painful intercourse for men and women
- Recurring infections
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal scarring
Transvaginal Mesh Reparative Surgery
By the year 2010, over 75,000 women received the medical device. Approximately 10 percent of the patients experience mesh failure. The complications caused by vaginal mesh implants often necessitates revision surgery. Removing the mesh commonly causes further tissue trauma when the mesh embeds itself into surrounding tissue and organs. Some women require more than one surgery for effective removal. The painful process of having to undergo surgery not only creates exorbitant medical costs, but additionally causes further discomfort, requires recovery time and puts the patient at risk of experiencing complications related to surgery.
Despite consumer advocate pleas for action, the FDA refused initiating a transvaginal mesh recall. By the beginning of 2012, the agency sent letters to the many manufacturers requiring three years of research concerning the product for gynecological use. The mandate does not alleviate suffering for thousands of women experiencing symptoms and requiring mesh removal. In lieu of the many complaints, mass torts developed across the country.
Women located in the San Marcos, Texas area may contact Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers for assistance if desiring to participate in the mass tort. Litigation means women have the opportunity to receive monetary compensation for diminished quality of life, loss of income and ongoing medical expenses along with pain and suffering endured. Contact our office for a free consultation and receive information regarding legal rights and options.