Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh Implants
In the last decade, thousands of women have reported injuries to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) caused by their transvaginal mesh implants. Thousands more have filed personal injury lawsuits seeking compensation for transvaginal mesh injuries. According to the FDA, thousands of more women could be in danger of complications from their transvaginal mesh implants.
What is Transvaginal Mesh Implants?
Transvaginal mesh implants are surgical implants of synthetic mesh-like material through the vagina. The procedure is meant to repair damage from pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Women with these disorders suffer from prolapsed or dropped organs, namely the bladder or uterus. The damage is due to aging, childbirth, or obesity and is relatively common. The dropping or prolapse of the organs can cause urinary incontinence, significant pain, and discomfort. Implantation of transvaginal mesh is supposed to shore up the displaced body organs and relieve symptoms.
Transvaginal Mesh Implant Complications and Side Effects
Unfortunately, manufacturers did little research on using surgical mesh transvaginally before the treatment became common practice. Surgical mesh has been used with relative success in hernia repairs. But, no significant studies were conducted on its use in treating pelvic floor disorders. It was not until women had complications after transvaginal mesh surgeries that the dangers became clear.
Doctors noticed that the edges of the surgical mesh could tear or puncture surrounding tissues and organs. They also discovered that the material could migrate and cause significant damage. It also became clear that the mesh could become a “breeding ground” for bacteria and cause serious infections.
The most common complications and side effects from transvaginal mesh implants are:
- Erosion of Vaginal Tissue
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Chronic Vaginal Drainage
- Vaginal Pain during Intercourse and Not Related to Intercourse
- Vaginal Infections
- Mesh Extrusion or Protrusion from the Vaginal Area
- Urinary Incontinence
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Perforations of the Bowel, Bladder or Blood Vessels
- Lower Back Pain
- Interfering with Ability to Walk
Injured women need to undergo surgery to remove the surgical mesh and try to repair any damage. Sadly, some damage cannot be repaired leaving the injured women with permanent complications.
Compensation for Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
The damage caused by transvaginal mesh implants can be physically and financially devastating. The negative impact can last for years. Because many manufacturers were negligent in designing and manufacturing the transvaginal mesh, they can be held liable. The companies can be made to compensate for:
- All Medical Costs (past, present, and future)
- Loss of Wages (past, current and projected)
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Trauma
- Loss of Spousal Consortium
Getting Help with Your Transvaginal Mesh Injury Claim
Have you had transvaginal mesh implant surgery? Do you believe the implant is harming you? You have the right to seek compensation from the mesh manufacturer.
But, pursuing a transvaginal mesh claim on your own can be complex. You will need to prove that your transvaginal mesh implant was defective. Then you will have to prove it caused your injuries. This can be complicated especially when going up against a company’s trained legal team.
Our experienced attorneys can help you file a claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today for a free evaluation of your situation and let us see if we can help you. Let our personal injury attorneys help your family.