If you’re a woman experiencing severe complications from transvaginal mesh, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an experienced transvaginal mesh lawyer at WKW for your free consultation.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh implanted through the vagina to repair weakened or damaged tissue, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Transvaginal Mesh Complications and FDA Warnings
The FDA released a Public Health Notification in 2008 stating that over the course of a 3-year period, it received over 1,000 reports from different manufacturers claiming women who had mesh inserted to repair POP and SUI experienced serious complications–though rare–including:
- Mesh erosion
- Urinary problems
- Recurrent of prolapse and/or incontinence
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Vaginal scarring
However, in July 2011, the FDA issued an updated Safety Communication after thousands of reported complications arose from the placement and use of the mesh. The Communication warned patients and healthcare providers that transvaginal mesh complications were, in fact, not rare–a stark difference compared to previous reports initiated by mesh manufacturers in 2008. In the time between the 2 reports, there had been 3,000 adverse event reports.
Treatment and Surgical Repair for Damaging Transvaginal Mesh
Treatment for complications are just as invasive–if not more–as the injuries themselves. Some include additional surgical procedures, drainage of hematomas or abscesses, blood transfusions, and IV therapy.
Surgical procedures to remove the mesh can have their own lingering obstacles. Complications from the first surgery, such as nerve damage, obstruction of the urethra, injuries to blood vessels (which could result in major, life-threatening hemorrhage), for example, may require more surgical procedures.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits: Women Claim Mesh Manufacturers Deceived Them
Women who have filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit allege that mesh manufacturers Boston Scientific, Ethicon, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Neomedic, and Johnson & Johnson:
- Misled patients concerning safety and effectiveness of its transvaginal mesh products
- Knowingly withheld information from the FDA, patients, the public, as well as the medical community of risks, side effects, and complications
- Knowingly concealed dangerous side effects and increased risks for harmful and lethal complications
- Failed to conduct adequate research and testing protocols to define the risks for using transvaginal mesh to treat women with pelvic floor disorders
- Committed fraud
Why File a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
If you’re considering filing a transvaginal mest lawsuit, you’re not alone: There are more than 49,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh manufacturers, and thousands of lawsuits that have since been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
All of these thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits stem from something real: poorly tested and designed mesh products that undoubtedly caused more harm than good at a time of vulnerability and pain. Your life and your safety was compromised, and you were misled, all while pharmaceutical giants profited from your injuries.
By our standards and the standards of thousands, one thing is clear: You deserve compensation for your injuries. Get in touch with one of our transvaginal mesh lawyers if you have suffered injuries or complications from transvaginal mesh. Fill out our contact form below, or call our Indianapolis law office at 317-920-6400.