Our team of transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorneys at The Dunken Law Firm are currently reviewing cases for injured victims in the following cities and throughout the state of Alaska:
Transvaginal mesh surgery can often result in serious complications and injuries. If you or someone you love is suffering after undergoing a surgical procedure to correct a pelvic floor disorder, speak to a lawyer at The Dunken Law Firm today. We will discuss your potential legal options for obtaining compensation, at no cost to you.
Transvaginal mesh is a surgical device that is surgically implanted into women suffering from either Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). When used as a solution for POP, the device is placed into the vaginal wall to support weakening muscles and bulging organs. When utilized for SUI repair, the surgical mesh acts as a sling to support the urethra, in order to prevent unintentional loss of urine.
The FDA first cleared the surgical mesh in 1996, for use in SUI procedures and in 2002, for POP procedures. It wasn’t until 2008 and again in 2011, that the FDA issued public health warnings regarding the possibility of adverse side effects from transvaginal mesh. One thousand reports of complications had been received prior to the FDA’s 2008 health warning, and in addition, 2,874 reports of injury, death, and malfunction were received. Of those reported complications, 1,503 were associated with POP repairs, while 1,371 were connected to SUI repairs
Adverse events affect thousands of women who have undergone surgery for a pelvic floor disorder, the most serious include:
The transvaginal mesh can cause a portion of the vaginal wall in which the device is implanted to erode, resulting in scar tissue and the shrinking of vaginal tissue. Revision surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. Other side effects due to the erosion are a reoccurrence of POP or SUI, severe pain, severe bleeding, a loss of feeling, and the inability to engage in sexual intercourse.
Erosion can cause transvaginal mesh to break into smaller pieces, and when those pieces travel, they can perforate other pelvic or abdominal organs due to their sharp edges. Women who suffer perforations may experience severe pain, an excessive amount of bleeding, and the risk of infection. In the most serious cases, life-threatening complications may arise if organs, such as the liver, colon, or kidneys are punctured.
There is a high incident rate of transvaginal mesh revision surgeries due to the seriousness of side effects. Fixing a reoccurrence of POP or SUI, removing broken pieces of a mesh device, and repairing erosion or organ perforations can take multiple surgical revisions. Each additional surgery increases the risk of causing chronic pain, infection, bleeding and possibly lifelong debilitating damage.
There are many manufacturers for transvaginal mesh products, among the largest are:
Some companies have voluntarily withdrawn their defective products, but injury-causing devices continue to remain on the market.
Our experienced transvaginal mesh lawyers will review your claim and explain your legal rights to help you choose the best course of action for your case. Call and schedule a free consultation today!