Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Implants and Associated Lawsuits
Transvaginal surgical mesh is a device inserted in the pelvic region to support weakened muscles. This mesh is a material that is woven from cloth. It was first intended for correcting hernias but it began to be used to manage stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) as well. However, Transvaginal surgical mesh implants have caused more harm than good since they were approved in 2005 by the FDA. They were intended to prevent organs near the vagina from protrusion but instead went on to create more severe problems worse than the initial condition.
The FDA is also to blame for allowing such devices onto the market. The manufacturing companies carry the bigger blame though because they continue to break the law by selling people faulty devices without their knowledge. The companies put their economic interest first and neglected the safety and health of consumers. Any devices, products or services delivered to consumers with associated risks should be delivered with prior notice of the hazards. This option is made available in order to allow the consumer to choose whether to go ahead and make a purchase or choose an alternate healthcare option.
Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Types
There are three main kinds of Transvaginal surgical meshes.
· Tension-free vaginal tape sling
· Trans-obturator tape sling
The mini sling is a kind of transvaginal surgical mesh that avoids multiple incisions during insertion thus quickening the healing time. This also reduces other risks associated with surgery such as damage to surrounding organs. The doctor usually inserts the mini-sling after making an incision in the vagina and with the use of a metallic insert, aligns the mini-sling in the pelvic area nearest the urethra.
The tension free vaginal tape sling is inserted when two abdominal incisions and one vaginal incision is performed by the surgeon. The surgeon will then insert a mesh made of polypropylene material into the vagina, wrap it under the urethra and around it. The surrounding tissue will then permeate the mesh and hold it in place.
The trans-obturator tape sling is also called a TOT. It is inserted by a surgeon to support the bladder. It is most preferred because of the ease of insertion since the surgeon has more control in accurate placement.
Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Brands
Several companies manufacture Transvaginal surgical mesh products that are being sold under a variety of brand names. Since the FDA warning, several devices have been recalled by companies due to the severe side effects seen in patients after implantation. Here are a few:
· Boston Scientific
· Johnson & Johnson
These are major mesh brands; however, there are other brands that have not been mentioned. Contact our attorneys to see whether you qualify to file a lawsuit if you encounter symptoms such as pain and bleeding or any other problem associated with the use of Transvaginal surgical meshes.
The Problem with Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Implants
The problem with the Transvaginal surgical mesh implant is that it erodes the vaginal walls. Mesh erosion occurs when the mesh, instead of forming a strong bond with the weakened pelvic muscles, tends to adhere to the vaginal walls and as a result causes bleeding, pain and infection.
Surgery does little to help correct the situation in many cases of women with transvaginal surgical mesh complications as the pain persists even after subsequent surgeries. The biggest issue in these kinds of surgeries is trying to detangle the tissue from the mesh since tissue permeates the membrane soon after insertion.
Unfortunately, technology has not come up with better surgical methods for removing devices such as the surgical mesh. Until the time of discovery, patients with POP or SUI are advised to consider treatment methods other than Transvaginal surgical mesh.
Complications of Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Implants
One complication that comes with Transvaginal surgical mesh implants is the damage it does to the surrounding nerves. Unfortunately, nerves can make the already weak pelvic muscles collapse and become completely unable to even hold a small amount of urine in the bladder. This leads to neuromuscular disorders that may cause life changing complications. The nerves play an important role in enabling muscles does their job. If interference encroaches even into the nerves, organ failure may be inevitable.
Vaginal shrinkage is also associated with Transvaginal surgical mesh implants. The scar tissue that forms as a result of the implant surgery may build up and shrink the vagina. The space becomes smaller causing discomfort and pain. Bleeding may occur especially during or after sexual intercourse. Sometimes it may not even be possible to engage in sexual intercourse because of the pain and bleeding that may start on its own. Pain may also occur when a patient is voiding the bladder.
Emotional problems may then follow. It becomes psychologically traumatic when engaging in simple everyday events becomes impossible. For physically intimate partners, whenever sexual intercourse is hindered, the stability of the relationship may be affected and one or both spouses will end up feeling cheated and the other one guilty of something he or she cannot control. Therapy to cope with these problems may be required. If neglected, such situations damage families.
Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Claims
Statutory laws have set a time frame for claims of injury by surgical mesh. It is important to seek legal help in the event of personal injury and damages arising from use of Transvaginal surgical mesh. Why wait when you may be compensated for financial loss and other damages? Take action today and contact our product injury attorneys so your claim may be processed quickly.
Damages awarded for claims involving Transvaginal surgical mesh implants include earnings lost due to illness, lost earning capacities, emotional and physical suffering, past and future treatment expenses and other damages associated with the interference of the mesh with lifestyle.
Do not take problems associated with the transvaginal surgical mesh implant lightly. Since the FDA issued an alert to the public in 2008, there have been seven deaths reported from the use of these devices to control prolapsed pelvic organs. Speak to our qualified attorneys for legal redress.
No fees are required during the registration process. An evaluation is done to see whether a patient qualifies for a lawsuit. Fees are only paid after cases are won and our qualified attorneys manage to get you compensated by the guilty party. Contact us today to find out if you are entitled to file a lawsuit. Our attorneys are experts in securing you a full compensation for damages resulting from the use of the transvaginal surgical mesh implants.