The Food and Drug Administration has warned that transvaginal surgical mesh implants used for patients with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse may cause serious complications among women who are treated with these products.
Transvaginal mesh was developed by medical device manufacturers in the 1990s as an alternative to the traditional surgical repair used for patients with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
Some of the companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh products include:
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- C.R. Bard
- Johnson & Johnson
The FDA has received nearly 4,000 reports of serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh products, including:
- Severe pain
- Vaginal mesh erosion
- Urinary problems
- Problems during intercourse
- Organ perforation
In July, 2011, after receiving thousands of reports from patients who were injured by surgical mesh products, the FDA issued a strongly worded public warning stating that the treatment of stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse with transvaginal mesh carried serious and common risks not found with traditional surgical repair. The FDA also stated that these conditions can be treated successfully without mesh.
As the FDA’s warnings have shown, there is little reason for doctors to continue using transvaginal mesh products when the conditions they were designed to correct can be treated more safely and with less risk of complications through traditional surgical methods.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Injured Women
Hundreds of transvaginal mesh patients have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices after suffering serious and potentially permanent injuries from transvaginal mesh surgery. In many cases, patients with a transvaginal mesh product have been forced to undergo multiple surgeries to treat vaginal mesh erosion or other complications that were caused by mesh.
If you or a loved one have experienced complications after transvaginal mesh surgery, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling our toll-free hotline, 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form.