Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Transvaginal Mesh is a device implanted vaginally or abdominally to assist with complications related to pelvic organ prolapse. POP occurs when a woman’s uterus, bladder, or rectum slip out of place. Transvaginal mesh, or TVM, is mainly used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, several POP patients with TVM implants have experienced destructive side effects, including painful intercourse, mesh erosion, infections, chronic pain, and additional required surgeries.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public notice regarding transvaginal mesh to doctors after 2,875 injuries relating to pelvic mesh were reported between 2008 and 2010. Right now, cases are being filed individually, and no nationwide transvaginal mesh class action lawsuit has been filed. These reported complications include transvaginal mesh devices from nine different companies. Many complications have led to pelvic mesh removal or bladder sling removal.
The transvaginal mesh attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC can offer help and support to those who received a transvaginal mesh sling, or transvaginal tape system, and as a result have sustained injuries including mesh erosion, infections, pain, and even reoccurrence of urinary incontinence. We also accept attorney referrals and look forward to working with you on your case.
Transvaginal Mesh Dangers
In 2010, manufacturers estimate more than 75,000 women had TVM surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse.
According to the FDA, reported complications from the transvaginal placement of the mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Women often require surgery to remove the mesh.
Transvaginal mesh has been linked to a number of dangerous problems, including:
- reports of infection
- urinary problems
- and bowel, bladder, or blood-vessel perforations.
In some cases, this can require multiple procedures without successfully getting rid of all the mesh. Currently, we are investigating cases involving mesh manufactured by American Medical Systems, Bard, Boston Scientific, Caldera, and Johnson & Johnson.
Common TVM Questions
Q: How can transvaginal mesh hurt me?
A: Transvaginal mesh has been linked to a number of dangerous problems, including reports of infection, pain, urinary problems and bowel, bladder or blood-vessel perforations. Some women have also reported recurrences of the prolapse, as well as erosion, creating the need for additional surgery to attempt to remove surgical mesh which eroded into the vagina.
Q: I heard the FDA has issued a warning against synthetic transvaginal mesh. I’m not sure if that was used in my pelvic organ prolapse procedure. What should I do?
A: Transvaginal mesh complications can include mesh erosion, pain, infection, bleeding, painful sexual intercourse, organ perforation, and urinary problems. For patients who have had vaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and are pleased with their surgery and are not having complications or symptoms, there is no need to take any action other than regular check-ups and follow-up visits to the doctor.
Patients with complications or symptoms after surgery should alert their health care provider. If you are still worried and not sure if your doctor used a mesh and/or do not know what kind of mesh was used in your surgery, do not hesitate to call the health care provider who handled your procedure to ask any questions you might have. You may also contact a transvaginal mesh attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Q: I was recently diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse and my doctor suggested transvaginal mesh as a treatment option. What should I do?
A: There are many treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse. They include non-surgical options, non-mesh surgery (i.e. native tissue or biologic graft vaginal repairs), abdominal or laparoscopic mesh procedures and transvaginal mesh placement. You should feel comfortable with your decision and make sure you fully understand the risks involved.
Call Today for a Free TVM Consultation
If you or a loved one have been affected by transvaginal mesh side effects, please fill out the form on the right or give us a call at 803.252.4800 to receive a free initial consultation from a transvaginal mesh lawyer. If you suffered from serious side effects, you are not alone, but you need to act now. The law limits the amount of time pelvic mesh victims have to file a lawsuit. Let us help you. A member of our team will contact you as soon as possible and help you explore your legal rights and potential legal options.