The FDA yesterday expressed even graver concern that the placement of surgical mesh through the vagina to repair pelvic organ prolapse may expose patients to greater risks than other surgical options. Our lawyers are continuing to investigate potential vaginal mesh lawsuits that have resulted in mesh erosion, infections, chronic pain, and may have caused the need for additional surgeries. Many vaginal mesh lawsuits have already reached a settlement. If you have suffered due to the use of a vaginal mesh product, call us today at 800-553-8082 or get a free on-line consultation here.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when the internal structures that support the pelvic organs become weak and/or stretch to the point that the organs come into contact with the vagina. In massive numbers, women have turned to vaginal surgical mesh products to surgically reinforce the repair and correct the anatomy.
The FDA now says:
There are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh to treat POP. The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh. Mesh is a permanent implant — complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications.
The FDA made noise three years ago about concerns with adverse events associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh – which has been the subject of most vaginal mesh lawsuits. Since sounding the alarm, the concern has grown. Significantly. In the past three years (excluding this year) the FDA has received 1503 adverse event reports associated with mesh used for POP repair. These are just the women that have reported something that is rather painful to talk about. The real numbers are probably staggering.
The most frequently reported problems after surgical mesh surgery used to repair POP include mesh becoming exposed or protruding out of the vaginal tissue (erosion), pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation from surgical tools used in the mesh placement procedure, and urinary problems. Some patients reported the need for additional surgeries or hospitalization to treat complications or to remove the vaginal mesh products.
A lot of women are unconformable bringing a vaginal mesh lawsuit. That is understandable. But it is important to keep in mind how many women are dealing with this issue. Approximately 50% of women who have had children will suffer some type of prolapse over the course of their lives and nearly 10% of women will need surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. Your friends aren’t talking about it either but I bet you would be surprised at how many people you know who have the same problem. And, ultimately, you may be looking at significant compensation that you deserve.
We are looking at the following types of vaginal mesh cases:
* Bard Avaulta Support System
* AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System
* AMS Apogee Vault Suspension System
* AMS Perigee System
* AMS Monarc Sling System
* AMS Sparc Sling System
* Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh
* Ethicon Gynecare Prolene Soft Mesh
* Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
* Ethicon Gynecare TVT Transvaginal Sling
* Boston Scientific Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
* Boston Scientific Uphold Vaginal Support System
* UGYTEX Dual Knit Mesh
* Coviden IVS Tunneler Sling
If you do want to make a claim, call us at 800-553-8082. Or get a confidential and free online consultation here.