If you are reading this, you most likely suspect that the Transvaginal Mesh you received as a result of prolapsed pelvic organs or incontinence has failed. If you are experiencing incontinence, fullness or heaviness in the lower abdomen, bleeding, painful intercourse, pain in the vagina not associated with intercourse, or a bulging rectum, you may be correct.
It has been said that it is believed the design of Transvaginal Mesh is to blame for the complications that thousands of women have experienced. Since 2005, approximately 4,000 women have reported complications with more women most likely coming forward as they learn more about the surgical mesh failure and the symptoms associated with that failure.
FDA Warning To Surgeons
In 2008, the FDA issued a warning to surgeons that Transvaginal Mesh was related to a number of complications after surgery that included bleeding, inflammation, the reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence, and even infection. With that warning also came a recommendation that surgeons receive special training to avoid any further complications. This additional warning was because there had been reports of even the most experienced surgeons perforating blood vessels and organs. Physicians were warned to:
- Be prepared for complications related to the mesh, such as infection and erosion of the mesh.
- There are complications related to the tool used in the surgery. These complications include perforation of the bladder, bowels, and blood vessels.
- Patients should be informed that the implantation of the mesh is permanent. If complications would come about, additional surgeries may be needed to correct the complication.
- Patients should be aware of all complications because those complications can severely affect their quality of life. Issues such as pain during intercourse, narrowing of the vaginal wall, and scarring can occur.
- If available, physicians should provide patients with a copy of the patient labeling from the manufacturer of the mesh.
Skilled surgeons have had mishaps with the tools used to implant Transvaginal Mesh, which is why the FDA has warned them to be diligent. However, diligence does not always prevent the complications that can occur.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Increasing
The number of Transvaginal Mesh lawsuits is growing because it is estimated that there were 250,000 procedures completed since the introduction of the product on the market. With thousands of claims already being made, it is suspected that there will be thousands more. Women are coming forward all of the time. Companies such as American Medical Systems, a manufacturer of Transvaginal Mesh, have already had lawsuits filed against them. They are just one of the companies. Other lawsuits have been combined into class action lawsuits, such as the multidistrict lawsuit in West Virginia against C.R. Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh. The allegations state a flaw in the design of the mesh is the cause of the complications.
Seeking Legal Help
If you or a loved one has experienced pain, discomfort, or debilitating complications that are often associated with Transvaginal Mesh, you may be entitled to compensation. By calling 1-800-732-3070 for your free case evaluation, you will learn what your legal rights are and what options are available to you.