Following childbirth, hysterectomy, or menopause, many women suffer from conditions such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) due to weak pelvic muscles. To help fix these conditions, many medical device companies began developing and manufacturing transvaginal mesh products, which are inserted through the vagina in order to hold reproductive organs in place. After hundreds of thousands of women underwent surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving reports of harmful side effects and complications experienced by many users. If you have experienced any injuries or serious side effects of transvaginal mesh, the experienced Clearwater attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can help you recover.
Reported Injuries caused by Transvaginal Mesh
Some of the most common harmful effects of transvaginal mesh include the following:
- Erosion, extrusion, protrusion, or exposure of the mesh through the vagina
- Pain, especially during sexual intercourse
- Perforation of organs
- Vaginal shrinkage or scarring
- Neuro-muscular issues
- Prolapse, which means the organs fall out of place
In 2011, the FDA issued a safety alert to medical professionals and patients considering transvaginal mesh products, stating that the above injuries are “not rare.” In fact, ten percent of mesh users suffered erosion within the first year after implantation.
As a result of the FDA findings, Johnson & Johnson ceased manufacture of its Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh. Other manufactures of potentially dangerous transvaginal mesh products include Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, UGYTEX, Coviden, and Bard. Thousands of women have filed lawsuits against these companies, seeking compensation for unexpected and unnecessary medical complications caused by transvaginal mesh. In addition to the above injuries, the lawsuits claim that the transvaginal mesh was never tested on humans and that non-mesh solutions were just as effective, so there was no added benefit of mesh as marketed.
Contact a Clearwater Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer for a free consultation
If you have suffered injury due to the use of transvaginal mesh, you deserve full and fair compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. Additionally, punitive damages may be available to deter companies from such negligent marketing and manufacturing. The experienced attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, in Clearwater, Florida offer free consultations to people who have suffered transvaginal mesh-related injuries. Additionally, we collect no fees unless you recover for your losses, so please contact us today via our online form or by calling (727) 451-6900.