The Food and Drug Administration recently warned patients and doctors of serious complications linked to transvaginal mesh. If you have been injured as a result of a TVM implant, you could be entitled to compensation.
The urgent notice includes mesh devices from nine different manufacturers.
TVM is a medical device implanted vaginally or abdominally that improves pelvic organ prolapse, a complication in which a woman’s uterus, bladder, or rectum can slip out of place. Problems have arisen with TVM, including painful intercourse, mesh erosion, infections, chronic pain, and additional required surgeries.
In 2010, manufacturers estimate more than 75,000 women had TVM surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse.
The latest research shows that roughly ten percent of women who have received TVM implants experience mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery and more than half of these patients need further surgery to remove the mesh following complications.
The FDA reported the most common side effect is a potentially serious and painful complication involving the mesh that can cause the skin to split.
Other side effects consist of infection or recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, all of which are medical issues TVM implants should fix.
The severe side effects became evident in 2009 when a clinical trial was stopped after 15 % of the women implanted with the mesh suffered vaginal mesh erosion within a stage of only three months.
If you had a transvaginal mesh implant and now experience harmful side effects, you are not alone.
During the past three years, the FDA has received more than 1,000 reports of severe complications in connection with the implants.
On July 13, 2011 the FDA released an urgent updated advisory recommending patients and doctors think about alternatives to transvaginal mesh (TVM).