Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Columbia Transvaginal Mesh Attorney
Transvaginal mesh surgery is used to treat the symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). POP is a condition that typically occurs after childbirth, menopause or after a women has a hysterectomy. With POP, the organs prolapse or collapse into the vagina, sometimes beyond the vaginal opening. Such organs involved in POP may include the bladder, the uterus, the rectum, the bowel and the top of the vagina (after a hysterectomy). Transvaginal mesh surgery also treats SUI, which is a condition where urine leaks during increased physical activity, laughing or coughing.
FDA Issues Public Warning
On October 20, 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification about the dangers of transvaginal mesh surgeries to treat POP and SUI. In the notification, the FDA stated they had received more than 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers. The most frequent complications reported involved erosion through vaginal epithelium, pain, infection, urinary problems, and recurrences of POP and SUI. Additionally, there were reports of perforation of the bladder, bowel and blood vessels during insertion of the device. Patients also reported scarring and mesh erosion that lead to a significant decrease in their quality of life due to pain and discomfort. On July 12, 2011, the FDA identified surgical mesh as a continuing cause for concern and said that serious complications associated with transvaginal repair of POP were not rare.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
At the Sumner Law Group, we represent individuals and patients that have been injured by dangerous and defective devices, including transvaginal mesh. If you have experienced any of the adverse side effects associated with transvaginal mesh surgery, we urge you to contact a Columbia
defective products lawyer from our firm at once. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and decreased quality of life. Manufacturers have a duty to the public to thoroughly research medical devices before they are released for patient use. When such dangerous products cause serious adverse side effects for the patient, the manufacturer can be held legally and financially accountable for their defective medical device, and any adverse complications the device causes.