Transvaginal surgical mesh devices have prompted alerts by the FDA due to related health complications a number of women in the U.S. have reportedly suffered after having the mesh or sling implanted. Used for the treatment of conditions such as stress incontinence and female pelvic organ prolapse, the medical devices have been the focus of efforts by legal experts and consumer advocacy groups nationwide seeking to have them banned, as well as calling for legislation to be enacted to prevent further injuries with similar devices.
There have been multiple alerts concerning the transvaginal mesh. The FDA conceded that there were issues related to the product in 2008, but cited them as rare; however, it reversed the decision in 2011 issuing a public health notice. The agency is purportedly now reviewing thousands of related injury cases as manufacturers of these products face personal injury lawsuits in growing numbers.
Some of the complications associated with transvaginal mesh implants that prompted the FDA mesh alerts include:
- Implant erosion
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal pain and chronic discharge
- Urinary problems
- Perforation of the bowel and bladder
- And other serious issues including death
Women who have experienced complications related to the transvaginal mesh or sling may be required to undergo multiple surgeries for the correction of these issues or they can also be left with long-term problems that are unfixable with available treatment options.
Those who have experienced problems associated with the use of a recalled transvaginal mesh implant may be able to recover legal compensation for damages related to having had the surgical procedure done.
Greg Vigna MD, JD LLP is available for the support of women who have suffered as a result of having an implanted transvaginal mesh. If you have been injured by the medical device, contact us today for more information on how we may be of assistance to you.