For years, physicians and surgeons have been using surgical mesh products to repair weakened or damaged tissue in women who are suffering from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Both pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are common medical conditions in many women, especially after childbirth, menopause, or surgery. This mesh is either implanted through the vaginal wall (transvaginally) or through traditional surgery. Unfortunately, the side effects and complications that have stemmed from these transvaginal mesh products have been devastating to thousands of women across the United States.
FDA Issues Warnings Regarding the Use of Transvaginal Mesh Products
From 2008 to 2010 the FDA received almost 3,000 reports of serious complications that resulted from the use of transvaginal mesh products. Some of these side effects included:
- Organ perforation
- Internal bleeding
- Protrusion of mesh through vaginal muscles
- Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse
- Recurrence of stress urinary incontinence
- Painful urination
- Vaginal scarring
- Permanent disfigurement
- Pain during intercourse
Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh products are permanently implanted and are not usually able to be removed, unlike other faulty medical devices. This can lead to permanent disability and a lifetime of pain and suffering for many women.
In 2008, the FDA began issuing warnings regarding the use of these transvaginal mesh products, and in 2011, the FDA issued a serious alert to consumers and physicians. In addition, the FDA found no clear evidence that these products were actually more effective than traditional surgery.
Transvaginal Mesh Product Lawsuits Rising
Since the FDA’s warnings, manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products, such as Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Inc., American Medical Systems, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnsons, and SPARC. At least 350 suits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon alone and over 650 women have already filed lawsuits across the country for the permanent damage they have suffered as a result of their transvaginal mesh surgery.
Contact an Experienced Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorney Today
If you have suffered transvaginal mesh complications or injuries after a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, the transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at Phillips Law Firm can help. Our transvaginal mesh injury lawsuit attorneys realize that transvaginal mesh injuries are often painful and costly for our clients; therefore, if we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
If you or someone you love has experienced side effects or complications after a transvaginal mesh surgery anywhere in the United States, it is important to contact an experienced transvaginal mesh injury lawyer immediately. Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-708-6000.