Transvaginal Mesh Complications
If you have been injured by defective vaginal mesh and are experiencing pain, infections, bladder or urinary problems, or other serious side effects due to a vaginal mesh surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Talk to a defective vaginal mesh lawyer at J. Scott Gunn, P.A. as soon as you are able to protect your legal rights.
If you're a woman who was implanted with transvaginal surgical mesh after being diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and you've experienced pain or other significant side effects, you are not alone. Thousands of surgical mesh related complications have been reported to the US Food and Drug Administration. And those are just the documented cases. It's very likely that many more thousands, if not tens of thousands, of women have suffered from issues related to their transvaginal mesh.
Nature of the Procedure and After-Effects
Physicians and surgeons use vaginal mesh to strengthen tissue that's been injured or weakened due to variety of insults, including both physical and metabolic damage. Vaginal mesh can provide support and help with recovery from a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, this procedure's side effects are both numerous and potentially life endangering,
Documented Side Effects Have Included:
- Damage and scarring to the vagina itself
- Erosion of the tissue exposed to the mesh
- Irritation and inflammation
- Perforation of blood vessels, bladder, and other organs during or after the surgery
- Dyspareunia- severe pain during intercourse
- Vaginal fistulas
- Loss of blood
- Psychological damage
- Pelvic Pain
- Shrinkage (a.k.a contraction)
- One study conducted by the Jounal of Obstetrics and Gynocology found more than 15% of women who got a mesh implant for POP suffered erosion of the material within a year
Many women who have had to manage the consequences of transvaginal mesh side effects have had to undergo two or more surgeries. And often, the outcome of these surgeries is less than ideal. In certain cases, even after the mesh has been removed, the patients still suffer from pain and chronic damage. The emotional damage done to relationships can be even more devastating than the physical harm itself.
FDA Involvement - New Recommendations for POP and SUI Treatment
After the "first wave" of disturbing reports about defective transvaginal mesh grabbed the FDA's attention in 2008, the agency received nearly 3,000 additional reports of serious side effects related to the transvaginal mesh procedure. Most of these patients had been treated for SUI and POP. Several women actually passed away due to their complications.
Manufacturers of Transvaginal Mesh:
- Johnson & Johnson
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
After meeting in September 2011 to review the literature on the subject, the FDA altered its recommendations. In an official statement, the organization recommended that pelvic organ prolapse surgeons "carefully consider all other treatment options" before using the defective vaginal mesh.
If You or Someone You Love Has Been Hurt Injured by Vaginal Mesh
The team here at J. Scott Gunn, P.A., has extensive experience dealing with transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We've built a reputation for success, for compassion, and for treating our clients with dignity and respect. If you've had to endure the agony of transvaginal mesh side effects - an agony that's difficult for anyone who has not experienced it to understand - please connect with J. Scott Gunn, P.A.'s injury attorneys now for a free consultation about your potential legal options.