Tucson Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
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Although the risks of transvaginal mesh are well-known, the surgeries still continue to take place. In 2011 the FDA even issued a warning stating that transvaginal mesh does not appear to provide any benefit over other means of treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
According to Drugwatch.com, “The most common problem associated with vaginal mesh implants is unfortunately the most dangerous. Transvaginal mesh erosion, also called mesh extrusions, occurs when the rough edges of the synthetic mesh cut through the vaginal lining and nearby organs.” This may result in bleeding, infection, organ perforation, urinary problems and pain during intercourse. Because the mesh often contracts or shrinks, it can cause vaginal shortening, tightening and, pain. Other injuries according to the FDA, include:
- Neuromuscular problems
- Vaginal scarring
- Emotional problems
- Recurrent prolapses
The Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh was actually developed to as a better alternative to other surgical techniques. In actuality, however, it carries many dangerous risks:
- The FDA warned that the complications associated with transvaginal mesh are “not rare” and “may expose patients to greater risk” than procedures performed without transvaginal mesh
- In 2007, a transvaginal mesh trial took place, consisting of 65 women who had been diagnosed with pelvis organ prolapse. After just two years, the trial was banned because the women experienced very serious complications.
- In 2010, of the more than 75,000 transvaginal mesh prolapse surgeries that were performed, more than 10% (7,500) resulted in failure
- The U.S. Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 1,000 reports from 2005-2007 of the adverse events involving surgical mesh used for treating POP and stress incontinency. This number has tripled in subsequent years
- Patients may have to undergo multiple surgeries to remove the device
- Public Citizen has called upon the FDA and manufacturers of transvaginal mesh to recall these devices
Lawsuits that Have Been Filed
As of May 2012, the number of lawsuits filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers were as follows:
- 313 cases filed against Boston Scientific
- 457 cases filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division
- 529 cases filed against AMS
- 740 cases filed against C.R. Bard
Doctor Expectations When Performing Surgeries
Individuals who have filed lawsuits due to the complications of transvaginal mesh implants have been awarded up to $5 million in damages.
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In 2011, the FDA committee Obstetrics & Gynecology Devices Advisory Committee reviewed the dangers of mesh but elected not to remove transvaginal mesh from the market. While the committee did call for tougher testing, reclassifying the device and premarket approval that will better ensure the safety and effectiveness of future devices, this problem remains to be solved.
If you underwent a transvaginal mesh operation and have since experienced mesh erosion or contraction, mesh exposure, formation of scar tissue or pain or bleeding of any kind, you should contact a Tucson Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer immediately to see how you too can file a lawsuit. Call Zinda Law Group today to get the and experienced representation you deserve!
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