Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
The medical field has made a number of incredible technological advances in the last twenty years, and the use of new materials in unique surgical procedures offers more and more treatment options for a range of health conditions. Urogynecological procedures are no exception to this widespread innovation. Advanced procedures utilizing both synthetic and biological materials have allowed surgeons to better treat a variety of women’s health issues, including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
The commonality in many of these new urogynecological procedures is the use of transvaginal mesh, intended to strengthen, reinforce, or replace insufficient tissue density or elasticity in the vaginal wall. This mesh is a porous material either synthetic or biologic in nature that can be designed as absorbable or non-absorbable. Although widely celebrated when it first became available, recent studies and reports demonstrate that surgical mesh is far less reliable and effective than initially believed. In reality, the use of transvaginal mesh comes with the threat of significant complications and risks that can ultimately negate any benefits of the device.
If you or someone you love has developed health complications as a result of a procedure involving transvaginal mesh, the highly skilled and dedicated legal team at Williams Kherkher can assist you in taking legal action against those responsible for your injury. We can help you fight for compensation for your medical expenses and other resulting damages. To learn more about your rights and options, contact our experienced transvaginal mesh attorneys today at (888) 220-0640.
How We Can Help
Tracking and understanding the various risks associated with transvaginal mesh can be difficult. Because of this, our knowledgeable legal team has assembled extensive information on the following transvaginal mesh topics to help you better understand the dangers of this material and the legal rights afforded to you:
- Uses of Transvaginal Mesh
- Types of Transvaginal Mesh
- Transvaginal Mesh Complications
- Transvaginal Mesh Repair
- Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Please contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer today if you have any additional questions about these subjects.
What are some of the common side effects of transvaginal mesh?
From video above:
There is a wide range of side effects; the most common is pain in the pelvic area. This can eventually become a urinary tract infection, and in some cases, the mesh can actually erode into the vagina, which can be extremely painful. It can also lead to pain during intercourse. In many cases, it can also necessitate a revision surgery, meaning victims will have to have another surgical procedure to remove the mesh.
Transvaginal Mesh Dangers and Side Effects
Two common conditions that are now frequently treated with transvaginal mesh include stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Stress urinary incontinence is a disorder in which weakening of the sphincter pelvic muscles allows for small amounts of leakage from the bladder during muscle spasms caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing, or other such actions. Similar to stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken and lose their ability to support organs such as the bladder and uterus.
When transvaginal mesh is used to treat these and other conditions, recipients can face a range of associated side effects, including:
- Pain while urinating
- Prolapsed organs
- Painful sexual relations
- Urinary retention
- Mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, uterus, or intestines
- Contraction of the mesh
- Mesh exposure
If you have experienced any of these side effects after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant, speak to a transvaginal mesh lawyer from Williams Kherkher about your case.
FDA Comments about Transvaginal Mesh
In July of 2011, the deputy director and chief scientist of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health asserted that “there are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh to treat POP [pelvic organ prolapse].” Additionally, it was noted that in some instances, transvaginal mesh devices cannot be fully removed once put in place, which means that an individual may not be able to fully recover from side effects if they arise.
The dangers of transvaginal mesh are well-documented and fully recognized by the medical community, and the manufacturers of these dangerous devices must be held accountable for the hazards they create for women.
Was the transvaginal mesh implant approved for surgeries?
From video above:
Initially it was not; in fact when it was first being used in these types of procedures it was hernia mesh that was being used. Doctors wondered if they were using mesh for hernias, why not try and use it for these pelvic problems. And so for several years, actually, it was used before the FDA approved it for that indication.
Contact a Vaginal Mesh Lawyer
At Williams Kherkher, our dedicated attorneys are committed to protecting the rights and interests of our clients and will work diligently to obtain compensation for you and your family after an injury caused by a transvaginal mesh patch. Our firm has the tools and resources necessary to take on large medical device companies and win, as evidenced by our long history of successful litigation in cases involving major players in the medical industry.
Our vaginal mesh lawyers will work with you to form a comprehensive legal plan tailored to the unique circumstances of your situation. To schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case, contact our offices today at (888) 220-0640.
Recent Transvaginal Mesh Blog Posts
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 4:15 pm
Endo Health Solutions, one of three companies facing a total of over 29,000 lawsuits regarding defective vaginal mesh implants, recently reached a settlement of nearly $55 million with an undisclosed number of claimants in an attempt to resolve some of the lawsuits the company currently faces. Bloomberg News stated that the settlement is not expected to affect the majority of the claims currently facing Endo, which are approximately 5,000 in total.
For the thousands of women whose cases will be unaffected by this settlement, the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) case, which has been consolidated in West Virginia District Court, will help to clarify their position. For those who were injured by Endo’s product, the first trial is set for December. Two other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants, C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson, are also implicated in the MDL.
At Williams Kherkher, our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to helping transvaginal mesh implant victims get the compensation they need for the harm they may have suffered due to this defective product. Contact us today at (888) 220-0640 to find out how we may be able to help you.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am
In early June, Johnson & Johnson announced that they were going to stop selling several of their vaginal mesh products, including their product Prolift. They insisted that this was not a recall of these products, but rather, a decision motivated by market conditions. Additionally, they asked the FDA to stop their existing studies on these products.
Sadly, there have been many reports of women suffering complications resulting from the use of many different transvaginal mesh products. Women who have received transvaginal mesh as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse or another problem may be at risk of suffering from devastating side effects. In many cases, victims may need further surgeries and medical procedures to address these issues.
While treating transvaginal mesh complications is necessary for the well-being of those affected, many cannot afford the extreme costs of this medical care out of pocket. Fortunately, a successful lawsuit may provide a way for those affected by transvaginal mesh complications to secure compensation to pay for the medical care that they need.
For more information about transvaginal mesh lawsuit options, contact Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640.